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Cheltenham Operatic & Dramatic Society presents

Rent

13 October - 20 October

In 1996, RENT, an original rock musical opened on Broadway, it became the anthem of a generation, gaining coverage internationally; unlike any previous Broadway musical, it spoke to the 'MTV generation'.

A re-imagining of Puccini's La Boheme, set in late 80s New York it tells the story of a group of young impoverished artists living the bohemian lifestyle struggling to survive under the shadow of the HIV/Aids crisis.

With its inspiring message of joy and hope, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives in love. Claiming there is 'No Day but Today' it deals with the themes of loss, love, sex, life and death and defiantly delivers the message to live life to the fullest and without fear.

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

FILM: Young Frankenstein (PG)

22 October

Mel Brooks' wonderful and hilarious pastiche of the old black and white Universal monster movies of the 1930s. Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather's estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon begins to recreate his grandfather's experiments with the help of servants Igor (Marty Feldman), Inga and the fearsome Frau Blücher. After he creates his own monster, new complications ensue with the arrival of the doctor's fiancée, Elizabeth.

This screening is being presented as part of the British Film Institute's Comedy Genius initiative - find out more HERE - by Cheltenham International Film Festival (CIFF) as a precursor to its first season of events next May and June. You can sign up to receive all future information from CIFF by visiting their website HERE

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Moana (PG)

23 October

Walt Disney adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master way-finder and fulfil her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, she meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds. Feel free to sing along!

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

FILM: Shaun of the Dead (15)

23 October

Shaun (Simon Pegg) is a 30-something loser with a dull, easy existence. When he's not working at the electronics store, he lives with his slovenly best friend, Ed (Nick Frost), in a small flat on the outskirts of London. The only unpredictable element in his life is his girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield), who wishes desperately for Shaun to grow up and be a man. When the town is inexplicably overrun with zombies, Shaun must rise to the occasion and protect both Liz and his mother (Penelope Wilton).

We're also showing HOT FUZZ (15) at 9.00 pm - see both Simon Pegg films for £10 if you book both at the same time!

This screening is being presented as part of the British Film Institute's Comedy Genius initiative - find out more HERE - by Cheltenham International Film Festival (CIFF) as a precursor to its first season of events next May and June. You can sign up to receive all future information from CIFF by visiting their website HERE

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

FILM: Hot Fuzz (15)

23 October

As a former London constable, Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) finds it difficult to adapt to his new assignment in the sleepy British village of Sandford. Not only does he miss the excitement of the big city, but he also has a well-meaning oaf (Nick Frost) for a partner. However, when a series of grisly accidents rocks Sandford, Nick smells something rotten in the idyllic village. Also starring Martin Freeman and Timothy Dalton.

We're also screening SHAUN OF THE DEAD (15) at 7.00 pm - see both Simon Pegg films for just £10 if you book both at the same time!

This screening is being presented as part of the British Film Institute's Comedy Genius initiative - find out more HERE - by Cheltenham International Film Festival (CIFF) as a precursor to its first season of events next May and June. You can sign up to receive all future information from CIFF by visiting their website HERE

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Donkeyote (15)

24 October

This charming documentary has won numerous awards at many film festivals. Manolo has a simple life in Southern Spain and two loves: his animals, in particular his donkey Gorrión ("Sparrow"), and wandering through nature. Against the advice of his doctor, he decides to plan one last walk in the US, the brutal 2200 mile Trail of Tears. But not without his donkey. Overcoming the small obstacle of shipping a donkey, Manolo's chronic arthritis, a history of heart attacks, and Gorrión's fear of water are just a few matters to take care of.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: If... (15)

25 October

Filmed 50 years ago in and around Cheltenham – in particular Cheltenham College – with Playhouse actors as extras and directed by Lindsay Anderson, who also trod the boards here in its early days. Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell) is in his final year at a public school and hates it; younger students are bullied by older students and everyone is bullied by the staff. When the opportunity arises, Mick and his friends have a surprise for parents and other guests…

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Chicago (12A)

26 October

Give ' em the old razzle dazzle! Roxie Hart is a small-time chorus dancer who would kill for fame. After doing just that, she lands behind bars alongside vaudeville star Velma Kelly, who, with the help of hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn, has spun her crime into a media frenzy. When Flynn takes Roxie's case, he makes her the latest tabloid sensation, setting the stage for a singing, dancing catfight between the all-too-willing rivals.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Mary Poppins (U)

27 October

It's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious entertainment and no one will mind if you want to sing along!

Ahead of the soon-to-be released sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, here's a chance to see Julie Andrew and Dick Van Dyke back on the big screen in the tale of the magical nanny and her effects on the Banks' household.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Dracula (15)

27 October

Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee star in Hammer's masterpiece in a restored print and celebrating its 60th anniversary. After Jonathan Harker attacks Count Dracula at his castle the vampire travels to a nearby city where he preys on the family of Harker's fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr Van Helsing, Harker's friend and fellow-student of vampires, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: The Lost Boys (15)

27 October

Sam and his older brother Michael are all-American teens with all-American interests. But after they move with their mother to peaceful Santa Carla, California, things mysteriously begin to change. Michael's not himself lately. And Mum's not going to like what he's turning into. The Lost Boys reshapes vampire tradition, deftly mixing heart-pounding terror, rib-tickling laughs and a body-gyrating rock soundtrack.

Playhouse Company presents

The Ladykillers

2 November - 10 November

A gang of criminal misfits take refuge in the house of kindly Mrs Wilberforce whilst they plan their next big job. Professor Marcus, the gang's mastermind, has concocted a devilish heist, which Mrs Wilberforce unwittingly becomes a part of. It's the perfect crime; after all who would suspect an innocent old lady of daylight robbery? After Mrs Wilberforce becomes aware of their deception, it becomes clear that she is intent on going to the police and the gang realises there is only one way they can guarantee she stays silent… But tying up this loose end soon threatens to unravel all of their best made plans!

The classic Ealing comedy re-imagined for the stage.

The Cotswold Savoyards presents

Iolanthe

16 November - 24 November

Iolanthe is a brilliantly funny, satirical fantasy revealing a typically Gilbert & Sullivan topsy-turvy worldview. Based on W.S. Gilbert's Bab Ballad 'The Fairy Curate', Iolanthe is set 25 years after fairy Iolanthe committed the ultimate crime: marrying a mortal. Pardoned for her crime she begs the Fairy Queen to help her half-human, half-fairy son Strephon to marry his beloved Phyllis.

Unfortunately the scheming Lord Chancellor wants Phyllis for himself, so naturally the fairies invade Parliament so the boy can win the girl (and have a lot of fun with a few peers).

STUDENTS TICKETS JUST £5 EXCEPT SATURDAY EVENINGS

Jacob’s Well Productions presents

Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

28 November - 1 December

Old Jacob has a dozen sons, but Joseph is his favourite. When the dreams begin, resentment turns to rage and Joseph is soon lost in an inhospitable land. However, even in his bleakest hour, the God of his ancestors has not forgotten him: the most powerful man in the ancient world is in trouble - and only Joseph can help...

Come and relive this 50th anniversary production of the immortal musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice - a tale of one boy's fall from grace and rise to providence. With classics such as Any Dream Will Do, Song of The King and Close Every Door, it's no wonder this show has stood the test of time.

Jacob's Well have thrilled audiences for the past 19 years with their fresh, funny and often surprising performances. This crowd-pleasing production follows the sell-out smash of last year's adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

Praise for past productions: "Moving... hilarious" "A triumph"

In support of The Primary Trauma Care Foundation

Noodle presents

The Hatter in Winterland

15 December - 28 December

Far away from the mad comfort of Wonderland, this December the Hatter finds himself stranded in Winterland! Hysterical, silly and a little bit frightened, he must discover how he got there in order to find his way back home for the Christmas tea party…and all before the Jabberwocky's curse freezes him in Winterland forever.

This brand new, two-act adaptation is brought to you by the creative team behind the sell-out success, Grandma Claus: Waiting for Santa. Last year, Grandma reminded everyone that Christmas 'is about spending time with your family'. This Christmas, Hatter is here, wearing his heart on his sleeve, proving that 'very few things indeed are impossible'.

New pricing structure this year - selected performances have been designated 'off peak' performances and these are priced slightly cheaper than other performances.

Schools & Youth Groups - groups of 10 or more, each ticket just £8.50 (please contact box office directly)