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Cheltenham College presents

Macbeth

22 January - 24 January

"Screw your courage to the sticking place."

Macbeth is a haunted man. Recently returned from battle, echoes of his recent past begin to appear before him - refusing to let him escape from the horrors he's witnessed, but rather dragging him further down into deeper bloodshed. Spurred on by a power-hungry wife, it is not long before those around Macbeth become suspicious of him, and treachery looms in every shadow.

This daring new production transports Shakespeare's classic tale into a fear-ridden 21st century.

Presented by Cheltenham College as their annual Scholar's Play, this event showcases the College's premier acting talent in a rare production open to the public.

OFFSTAGE Theatre Group presents

Tony Slattery's Crimes Against Improv

26 January

Yes, it's Tony Slattery and a team of local improvisers pitting their wits against each other. They'll be doing silly things because the audience say so. During the course of the evening, with comedy improvisation on trial, the audience will decide at the end whether the verdict is GUILTY or NOT GUILTY. Will Mr. Slattery be locked up in improvisation hell forever? Only you can decide.

Come along and find out whether the improvisers escape out of an open window or are locked under the stage forever.

A regular guest with the famous Comedy Store Players, Tony Slattery has appeared as a regular on Channel 4's 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', as well as appearing in films such as 'Peter's Friends', 'To Die For', 'The Crying Game' and 'How To Get Ahead In Advertising'. He's also made appearances in BBC's 'Robin Hood' series, ITV's 'Kingdom', 'Coronation Street' and 'Bad Girls'. His stage work includes the lead in 'Me & My Girl' and new 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Royal Albert Hall. Also featuring David Clarke, Barnaby Eaton-Jones, Allan Lear, Horston Longsail and Verity Smith.
Cheltenham Operatic & Dramatic Society presents

A Bunch of Amateurs

2 February - 9 February

Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson's monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic amateur thespians.

This hilarious comedy is from the pens of Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, who between them have written for Private Eye, Spitting Image, Murder Most Horrid and Have I Got News For You.

PLEASE NOTE: previously advertised performances on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 February no longer taking place

The Playhouse presents

Coffee Morning

13 February

Coffee Mornings allow our existing volunteers can get to know each other better over a slice of cake or for new potential volunteers to drop in and find out more about us. Over the months we may have guest speakers, tours of the theatre, quizzes, games - it will very much be led by those who come along as to how these sessions develop.

If you'd be interested in attending or learning more about becoming a volunteer to help with front of house duties or technically backstage, please send an email to our Volunteer Manager, Liz Maisey, at [email protected] and she'll invite you to our next Coffee Morning or arrange to meet you separately one evening at the theatre. But do feel free to just drop in to our lounge bar at 11 am on this date if you wish!

Comic Sans Script presents

Impro-Clash 1

16 February

They're back! After their various sell-out successes our very own resident improvised comedy group, Comic Sans Script, are returning. Once again they are trying to resolve the dispute about which team are better via a series of improv games and challenges. As it's improvised we can't say exactly what happened, but last year saw: two improvisers head off to Slough, but end up in Stroud (all to music); numerous 'someone walks into a bar' jokes; a knock-out version of the song 'Hush Little Baby'; and various people trying to do 2 accents at a time.

So if you like the improvised fun of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', having a great time with all the family, and waving glow-sticks to determine the winners of competitions then we'll see you there!

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Disney's The Little Mermaid (U)

19 February

30th anniversary screening of Disney's classic animation

Loosely based upon the story by Hans Christian Andersen. Ariel, youngest daughter of King Triton, is dissatisfied with life in the sea. She longs to be with the humans above the surface, and is often caught in arguments with her father over those "barbaric fish-eaters". She goes to meet Ursula, the Sea Witch, to strike a deal, but Ursula has bigger plans for this mermaid and her father.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: The Haunting (12)

19 February

If you enjoyed the recent Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House, people may have told you that it bore very little relation to the original Shirley Jackson novel on which it was supposedly based, unlike the original 1963 film version starring Richard Johnson, Claire Bloom, Julie Harris and Russ Tamblyn. So here's your chance to see it, as Dr John Markway invites three people to stay at the notorious Hill House and research its paranormal history...

Ranked in 2010 by The Guardian as the 13th best horror film of all time and the taking first place on director Martin Scorsese's list of the scariest horror films of all time.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Withnail & I (15)

20 February

It's 1969, and two substance-abusing, unemployed actors (Richard E Grant and Paul McGann) retreat to the countryside for a holiday that proves disastrous, particularly their encounter with Uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths).

House Full Productions presents

FILM: The Boxtrolls (PG)

21 February

A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator in this stylish animation which features the voice talents of Sir Ben Kingsley, Nick Frost and Richard Ayoade.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Blade Runner - Final Cut (15)

21 February

Set in a dystopian future version of Los Angeles in 2019, where synthetic humans known as replicants are bio-engineered by the powerful Tyrell Corporation to work on off-world colonies. When a fugitive group of replicants led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) escapes back to Earth, burnt-out cop Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) reluctantly agrees to hunt them down while questioning his and the replicants' humanity through his relationship with an advanced model, Rachael (Sean Young).

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Airplane! (12)

22 February

"And don't call me Shirley!"

Consistently voted one of the funniest films of all time, Airplane spoofs the disaster movie genre - and in particular the Airport series - with zany aplomb, fast-paced slapstick, verbal and visual puns and surreal humour. It launched previous straight man Leslie Nielsen into his hugely-successful latter day comedy career.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: The Wizard Of Oz (U)

23 February

80th anniversary screening of one of the most beloved films of all time!

Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion to see the Wizard who can help her return home - after all, there is no place like home - and help her friends as well. But all the while they must remain one step ahead of the evil Wicked Witch (Margaret Hamilton).


House Full Productions presents

FILM: The Blues Brothers (15)

23 February

Everybody needs somebody.

Join Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as Jake & Elwood Blues, getting their old band back together to raise money for the Catholic home where they were raised. Along the way, they encounter some of the biggest names in music - Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker - and compile a soundtrack that includes Think, Jailhouse Rock, Gimme Some Lovin' and Everybody Needs Somebody To Love.

Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra presents

March Concert

2 March

Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra under the baton of conductor Warwick Cole and with guest mezzo soprano Elisabeth Irvine present a programme including:

  • Handel: Water Music Suite in F Major
  • Handel: Two arias from Alcina
  • Boyce: Symphony No 1
  • Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • Handel: Aria from Solomon "Will the sun forget to streak"
  • Handel: Two arias from Ariodante
  • Handel: Concerto Grosso Op 3 No 2

The Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1966 by Laurence Hudson to harness the talents of professional musicians in the area. It has retained its tradition of performing music from the 17th Century to the present day and, through its regular concerts in Pittville Pump Room and St Andrew's Church, Montpellier, has built up an appreciative audience.

PLEASE NOTE: This concert takes place at St Andrew's Church, Montpellier, and not the Playhouse, and all seats are unreserved.

Playhouse Company presents

Bouncers and Shakers

6 March - 9 March

A satirical look at British nightlife, told through the eyes of four doormen and four cocktail waitresses. Eight performers take on the personalities of well over fifty characters in order to convey the sights and sounds that keep working class Brits drinking and dancing into the small hours of the morning.

The Playhouse presents

Coffee Morning

13 March

Coffee Mornings allow our existing volunteers can get to know each other better over a slice of cake or for new potential volunteers to drop in and find out more about us. Over the months we may have guest speakers, tours of the theatre, quizzes, games - it will very much be led by those who come along as to how these sessions develop.

If you'd be interested in attending or learning more about becoming a volunteer to help with front of house duties or technically backstage, please send an email to our Volunteer Manager, Liz Maisey, at [email protected] and she'll invite you to our next Coffee Morning or arrange to meet you separately one evening at the theatre. But do feel free to just drop in to our lounge bar at 11 am on this date if you wish!

Dreamshed Theatre presents

City 125 - The Club With No History

16 March

'It's like a fairy tale!' says the life-long Blue at the start of Bill Cronshaw's new show which takes a romp through Manchester City FC's history. Seen through the eyes of characters including a young lad, an elderly fan, a daydreaming manager of an amateur lads' team and a long-suffering wife, girlfriend and mum, this revue-style show takes liberties with dry historical facts to track City's journey to the Etihad.

Following its sell-out at the Everyman Theatre's Irving studio in January, this play returns to entertain City diehards and general theatre-goers alike.

Chambers Touring Ltd presents

Stuart Goldsmith: End Of

20 March

"Truly a comedy masterclass... Endlessly inventive" The List

Stu's back with a comic odyssey on how it works out in the end, and whether anyone cares. Intelligent stand-up comedy for everybody, but of particular interest to people over thirty who've lost touch with all their old friends and can't eat just one pain au chocolat. Featuring ultimates, absolutes and surprisingly few conclusions.

"Expert, charming stand-up" The Sunday Times

"A master of the form" The Independent

Host of The Comedian's Comedian Podcast (10 million downloads)

As seen on As Yet Untitled (Dave) and Russell Howard's Stand Up Central (Comedy Central)

House Full Productions presents

FILM: High Society (U)

25 March

"What a swell party this is!"

A spoiled heiress (Grace Kelly) must choose between three suitors: her jazz musician ex-husband (Bing Crosby), a stuffy businessman (John Lund), and an undercover tabloid reporter (Frank Sinatra). A musical remake of The Philadelphia Story, the cast also includes Celeste Holm and Louis Armstrong and has a string of songs composed by Cole Porter including Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, True Love and the brilliant duet Well, Did You Evah?

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (12)

26 March

50th anniversary screening

Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution - escape to Bolivia. Starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, this classic film won 4 Academy Awards.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: The Italian Job (PG)

27 March

50th anniversary screening

"You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"

It's an incredible 50 years since Michael Caine uttered those immortal words, Minis raced through the streets and sewers of Turin, and Noel Coward ruled the prison. Join the Self-Preservation Society and support this highly-inventive gang of crooks (also including Benny Hill) as they try to pull off one of the most daring heists of all time.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Carry On Cleo (PG)

28 March

"Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me!"

Join the Carry On team at the height of their success as they mercilessly lampoon (and make use of the sets from) Elizabeth Taylor's film version of Cleopatra. Kenneth Connor plays Hengist Pod (Sheila Hancock is his wife, Senna) and Jim Dale his friend Horsa who find themselves under the tyranny of Julius Caesar (Kenneth Williams) and his friend Mark Antony (Sid James). Also starring Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Jon Pertwee and Amanda Barrie.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Goodfellas (18)

29 March

Henry Hill might be a small time gangster, who may have taken part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who might have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners could kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to think about climbing up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, might be badly affected by his partners' success, but will he consider stooping low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy? Starring Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci.

Cheltenham Film Society presents

FANTASTIC FILM 1: La Belle et la Bete (PG)

30 March

Part of Cheltenham Film Society's FANTASTIC FILMS WEEKEND.

The French writer/director Jean Cocteau created La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast) in 1946, basing it on an 18th century fairy tale. Beautiful Belle, daughter of an impoverished merchant, is imprisoned in the magical castle of a mysterious Beast, who longs to marry her. Starring the great Jean Marais in three roles, it is wonderfully poetic, inventive and passionate, and full of scenes that have resonated down the years. The source material for the popular Disney versions, this is a black and white classic that everyone should know.

Book to see all four FANASTIC FILMS on Saturday 30 March for just £20. Book to see all eight FANTASTIC FILMS this weekend for just £36!

FANTASTIC FILMS are not part of the standard Playhouse multi-film discount scheme.

Cheltenham Film Society presents

FANTASTIC FILM 2: The Purple Rose of Cairo (PG)

30 March

Part of Cheltenham Film Society's FANASTIC FILMS WEEKEND.

In New Jersey in the 1930s, downtrodden waitress Cecilia (Mia Farrow) is a devoted movie-goer. One day she attends a matinee at her local cinema, only to find the lead actor in the movie, Tom Baxter (Jeff Daniels), addressing her from the screen. Before she knows it, real life and movie life have become inextricably tangled. A charming and hilarious 1985 comedy from Woody Allen at his most sunny and technically ingenious.

Book to see all four FANTASTIC FILMS on Saturday 30 March for just £20. Book to see all eight FANTASTIC FILMS this weekend for just £36!

FANTASTIC FILMS are not part of the standard Playhouse multi-film discount scheme.

Cheltenham Film Society presents

FANTASTIC FILM 3: A Matter of Life & Death (PG)

30 March

Part of Cheltenham Film Society's FANTASTIC FILMS WEEKEND.

Representing the rich British tradition of the fantastical, A Matter of Life and Death is a spectacular drama from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Pilot Peter Carter (David Niven) is flying home from a bombing raid when he is forced to jump into the Channel with no parachute. A weird celestial glitch finds him trapped between life and death, so he is forced to appeal to a heavenly court for the right to stay alive, with help from a young American airwoman and a mischievous French emissary from the other world. Released in 1946 and shot by Jack Cardiff, the first great master of Technicolor, this is British cinema at its most patriotic and life-affirming.

Book to see all four FANTASTIC FILMS on Saturday 30 March for just £20. Book to see all eight FANTASTIC FILMS this weekend for just £36!

FANTASTIC FILMS are not part of the standard Playhouse multi-film discount scheme.

Cheltenham Film Society presents

FANTASTIC FILM 4: Pan's Labyrinth (15)

30 March

Part of Cheltenham Film Society's FANTASTIC FILMS WEEKEND.

Guillermo del Toro's uniquely gothic response to the Spanish Civil War, from 2006. The young stepdaughter of a vicious officer in Franco's army is lured into an underworld labyrinth ruled by a terrifying faun. He sets her various tasks so she can prove herself a true princess and be reunited with her real father. An amalgam of brutal war movie and beguiling supernatural fantasy that demands to be seen on the big screen, it stars Ivana Baquero as Ofelia, the young girl, and Doug Jones as the ambiguous creature of the title.

Book to see all four FANTASTIC FILMS on Saturday 30 March for just £20. Book to see all eight FANTASTIC FILMS this weekend for just £36!

FANTASTIC FILMS are not part of the standard Playhouse multi-film discount scheme.

Cheltenham Film Society presents

FANTASTIC FILM 5: Spirited Away (PG)

31 March

Part of Cheltenham Film Society's FANTASTIC FILMS WEEKEND.

Our only animated feature, this film is directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Japan's celebrated Studio Ghibli. Moving to the suburbs with her family, 10-year-old Chihiro is lured into a parallel world of demons, spirits and evil creatures. There she must find and save her parents, who have been turned into pigs. An extraordinary feat of animation, full of detail and visual invention in the service of a great adventure story. We will be showing it in the dubbed English-language version for the benefit of our younger viewers.

Book to see all four FANTASTIC FILMS on Sunday 31 March for just £20. Book to see all eight FANTASTIC FILMS over the weekend for just £36!

FANTASTIC FILMS are not part of the standard Playhouse multi-film discount scheme.

Cheltenham Film Society presents

FANTASTIC FILM 6: The City of Lost Children (15)

31 March

Part of Cheltenham Film Society's FANTASTIC FILMS WEEKEND.

Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, directors of Delicatessen and Amelie, released this dystopian fantasy film in 1995. In an abandoned oil-rig, evil Krank steals the dreams of kidnapped children using a monstrous machine. Fairground strongman One (Ron Perlman) sets out to rescue his stolen little brother, while evading a pair of conjoined twins who control all the local crime. A cornucopia of filmic imagination and bravura production design that is both disturbing and profoundly memorable. Costumes are by Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Book to see all four FANTASTIC FILMS on Sunday 31 March for just £20. Book to see all eight FANTASTIC FILMS over the weekend for just £36!

FANTASTIC FILMS are not part of the standard Playhouse multi-film discount scheme.

Cheltenham Film Society presents

FANTASTIC FILM 7: The Seventh Seal (PG)

31 March

Part of Cheltenham Film Society's FANTASTIC FILMS WEEKEND.

This is a towering landmark of European cinema and a great story. An old and exhausted knight, Antonius Block (Max von Sydow), returns from the Crusades to his plague-ridden homeland, only to encounter the figure of Death. They agree to play a game of chess that will determine whether the knight lives long enough to get home. On the way, he encounters a group of travelling players and tries to bring them safely through the dark Nordic woods. Ingmar Bergman's medieval fantasy from 1957 is a powerfully affecting piece of film-making, with an influence that has reverberated down the decades.

Book to see all four FANTASTIC FILMS on Sunday 31 March for just £20. Book to see all eight FANTASTIC FILMS over the weekend for just £36!

FANTASTIC FILMS is not part of the standard Playhouse multi-film discount scheme.

Cheltenham Film Society presents

FANTASTIC FILM 8: The Shape of Water (15)

31 March

Part of Cheltenham Film Society's FANTASTIC FILMS WEEKEND.

Our second film by the brilliant Guillermo del Toro, and we make no apologies for that. A winner of four Oscars in 2018, this is a glorious romantic fantasy about a mute young woman (Britain's Sally Hawkins) in Cold War Washington, whose life changes forever when she encounters an enigmatic creature captured in the swamps of South America. A sublime aquatic love story, with breathtaking images and an immersive score.

Book to see all four FANTASTIC FILMS on Sunday 31 March for just £20. Book to see all eight FANTASTIC FILMS this weekend for just £36!

FANTASTIC FILMS is not part of the standard Playhouse multi-film discount scheme.

Students from the University of Gloucestershire presents

Godspell

12 April - 13 April

The first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (composer of Wicked, Pippin and Children of Eden), Godspell features a parade of well-loved songs – such as Day By Day – as it brings to life the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love, based on the Gospel according to St Matthew.

Studio Productions presents

Step In Time

18 April - 20 April

After their sell-out performance of Sister Act last Easter, Theatre Studio is back celebrating all that is 'Musical Theatre' by creating a beautiful, entrancing new musical revue show, featuring new arrangements by James Lark (composer for several Playhouse Christmas shows such as The Snow Queen and Pinocchio & The Christmas Wish) from a whole heap of musicals from the last 100 years.

We are also proud to say that not only is the cast made up of youth performers, but so is the fabulous technical crew who, under the guidance of our professional technical team, are involved with every aspect, including the set build, music, sound and lighting.

27 April

Cheltenham's resident burlesque queen, Missy Malone and her band of glamorous friends are extremely pleased to be bringing their hugely successful sell out show back to the Playhouse for their 10th year! Presenting the very best in Burlesque and Cabaret from across the globe, this show incorporates vintage style glamour, comedy, circus and music for a spectacular night out. The breath-taking costumes, musicality and award winning routines will leave you shouting for more!

Performances include 'Resident Host with the Most' Desmond O'Connor, world famous magician Paul Zenon, burlesque from Demi Noir and Scarlett Daggers, the awesome circus skills of Jamie Double and not to mention Missy Malone herself!

Each show will contain different performances from the cast, as no show is ever the same!

Cheltenham Poetry Festival presents

Desert Island Poetry with Annette Badland

28 April

One of the country's most sought-after actors, Annette Badland's extensive credits include appearances on Doctor Who, Bergerac, Cutting It, Skins, EastEnders, The Archers, Midsomer Murders, The Worst Witch and Coronation Street and her stage roles include A Winter's Tale at The Globe Theatre, London. Annette also has a passion for poetry. For one night only, Annette is 'castaway' and asked to choose eight poems and a luxury item that she would take to a desert island and discusses her life, and work and the reasons for her poetry choices.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival presents

Doctor Zeeman's Catastrophe Machine

29 April

Is there an equation for love and the behaviour of a beating heart? What can be retrieved from life's catastrophes and wounds? In this spellbinding and life-affirming show, Martin Figura uses poetry, machinery and the moon to navigate through marriage, divorce, a father/son road trip and raising a headstrong daughter with Down's Syndrome. Poetic storytelling with searing honesty, wit and fun. Shortlisted for "Best Spoken Word Show" in Saboteur Awards 2018.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival presents

Professor Elemental with Joy-Amy Wigman and JPDL

3 May

The lovably bonkers Professor Elemental offers a unique neo-Victorian blend of freestyle rap, hip hop and comedy. With a career spanning a decade, Professor Elemental first got noticed with music video Cup of Brown Joy which notched up over two million views and headlines in the national press; its follow up was viewed over three million times and gained worldwide acclaim. Join the Professor for a high-energy night of music and comedy along with comedian/performance poet Joy-Amy Wigman and Cheltenham-based rapper JPDL, who fuses socially conscious lyrics with adrenaline fuelled performances.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival presents

Slamalot!

4 May

Get ready for the 'knight' of your life with the 9th Cheltenham Poetry Festival Poetry Slam. In a fast and furious spoken word stand-off, 12 of the UK's hottest slammers lock swords on the bardic battle field. Expect jesting, jousting, rapier sharp words, and kingly performances of poetry, rap and spoken word, as our performers compete for the Holy Grail - The Cheltenham Poetry Festival Cup. This high-octane and exhilarating event is hosted by the hilarious slam champ Tina Sederholm and comedian and slammer Neil Spoke.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Robin Hood (U)

6 May

The oft-filmed folk tale of outlaw Robin Hood who steals from the rich and gives it to the poor while antagonising the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham gets the Disney treatment. Robin and Marian are foxes, Alan-a-Dale is a rooster, Little John is a bear and Friar Tuck a badger, while the Sheriff is a wolf and the wicked Prince John is a lion. With the voice talents of Peter Ustinov and Terry-Thomas.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: ET The Extra-Terrestrial (U)

6 May

One of the most celebrated family films of all time, with 48 awards (including 4 Oscars) and another 35 nominations, ET is the heart-warming tale of a visitor from another world who gets left behind on Earth and who is helped to return to his home planet after being found and befriended by a troubled young boy.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Where Eagles Dare (PG)

7 May

"Broadsword calling Danny Boy, Broadsword calling Danny Boy"

Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner... but that's not all that's really going on in this thrilling action adventure. Alastair Maclean wrote the screenplay and novel at he same time and launched his stellar career while the film utilised the considerable talents of Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and a host of British acting stalwarts including Michael Hordern, Patrick Wymark, Derren Nesbitt, Peter Barkworth and Mary Ure.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Kes (PG)

8 May

Bullied at school and ignored and abused at home by his indifferent mother and older brother, Billy Casper, a 15-year-old working-class Yorkshire boy, tames and trains his pet kestrel falcon whom he names Kes. Helped and encouraged by his English teacher Mr. Farthing and his fellow students, Billy finally finds a positive purpose to his unhappy existence, until tragedy strikes.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Cinema Paradiso (PG)

9 May

A boy who grew up in a native Sicilian Village returns home as a famous director after receiving news about the death of an old friend. Told in a flashback, Salvatore reminiscences about his childhood and his relationship with Alfredo, a projectionist at Cinema Paradiso. Under the fatherly influence of Alfredo, Salvatore fell in love with film making, with the duo spending many hours discussing about films and Alfredo painstakingly teaching Salvatore the skills that became a stepping stone for the young boy into the world of film making.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade (PG)

10 May

30th anniversary screening

In 1938, after his father goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) finds himself up against Hitler's Nazis again to stop them obtaining its powers. The third outing for our intrepid archaeologist reunites him with Denholm Elliott and John Rhys-Davies from Raiders of the Lost Ark and throws in Sean Connery and Julian Glover for good measure.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Whisky Galore! (U)

11 May

We're celebrating the Ealing Studios Films with a special day screening three of their best comedies, all of which were released 70 years ago in 1949. First up is the original version of Whisky Galore, based on a true incident from WWII.

When 50,000 cases of whisky are stranded on a ship which runs aground, the inhabitants of a Scottish island cannot resist the temptation. Unfortunately, a Home Guard captain (an Englishman) stands in their way... The cast includes Gordon Jackson, James Robertson Justice, John Gregson and Joan Greenwood.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Passport To Pimlico (U)

11 May

We're celebrating the Ealing Studios Films with a special day screening three of their best comedies, all of which were released 70 years ago in 1949. The second film, Passport to Pimlico, couldn't be more appropriate or topical in this time of Brexit!

When an un-exploded WWII bomb is accidentally detonated in Pimlico, London, it reveals a treasure trove. They find documents proving that the region is, in fact, part of Burgundy, France and thus foreign territory. The British government attempts to regain control by setting up border controls and cutting off services to the area. The 'Burgundians' fight back. The cast includes Margaret Rutherford, Stanley Holloway and a young Charles Hawtrey.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Kind Hearts & Coronets (U)

11 May

We're celebrating the Ealing Studios Films with a special day screening three of their best comedies, all of which were released 70 years ago in 1949. The final entry, Kind Hearts & Coronets, is perhaps their blackest film of all dealing with multiple murder...

Louis, the 10th Duke of Chalfont, writes his memoirs. In them he details how, though descended from nobility, he grew up poor and had to pull himself up by his bootstraps, career-wise. Then, discovering that only eight members of the D'Ascoyne family (all of whom are played by Alec Guinness) stood between him and the dukedom, he systematically started killing them, making the murders look like accidents.

Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra presents

May Concert

11 May

Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra under the baton of conductor Jonathan Mann and with guest violinist Hannah Brooks-Hughes present a programme including:

  • Mendelssohn: String Symphony No 10
  • Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor
  • Beethoven: Symphony No 4

The Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1966 by Laurence Hudson to harness the talents of professional musicians in the area. It has retained its tradition of performing music from the 17th Century to the present day and, through its regular concerts in Pittville Pump Room and St Andrew's Church, Montpellier, has built up an appreciative audience.

PLEASE NOTE: This concert takes place at St Andrew's Church, Montpellier, and not the Playhouse, and all seats are unreserved.

Comic Sans Script presents

Impro-Clash 2

18 May

The Playhouse's resident improvised comedy group, Comic Sans Script, are back to re-live all the danger, drama and excitement that was February's Impro-Clash 1 in an epic rematch that's guaranteed not to be forgotten!

The team captains have re-vitalised, re-strategised and re-energised with new combinations of players and games to entertain and delight you with. This is all so that their team, and only their team, will be victorious and win a fantastic prize from the legendary 'box of prizes'. Past prizes have included: a home edition of popular TV show 'Countdown'; a mounted chaffinch; and a cassette tape of Tease Me by Chaka Demus & Pliers.

So if you like the improvised fun of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', having a great time with all the family, and waving glow-sticks to determine the winners of competitions then we'll see you there!

Students from the University of Gloucestershire presents

Fragmented Love - The Barthes Principle

24 May - 25 May

A philosopher, or is it possibly The Flying Dutchman, embarks on a fantastical, amazing, passionate yet strangely comical voyage into the unfathomable word of love. Lovers, marriages, friendships, parents, siblings, mistakes - love lost and discovered – can our hero pull the fragments together and find his way home?

Come and find out in this innovative and exciting live and mediated performance created by the students themselves!

Celtic Circle presents

Twenty

30 May - 1 June

Join the ever-popular Celtic Circle as it celebrates two decades as Cheltenham's leading Irish dancing troupe.

With a loyal following and consistent sell-out performances at the Playhouse, this exciting anniversary show pushes the boundaries of Irish dancing by adding an innovative twist to the magical traditional style.

A mixture of solo and group routines set to an uplifting and atmospheric soundtrack, and powerful songs from a guest vocal group, Twenty promises a captivating evening that celebrates the true magic of Ireland and twenty years since Celtic Circle was formed. Hand clapping and toe tapping guaranteed!

Playhouse Company presents

A Few Good Men

14 June - 22 June

Can you handle the truth in this stage version of the hit movie?

Two US Marines are charged with being complicit in the death of a fellow squadron member; it falls to the callow Daniel Kaffee to defend the two men.

At first it seems like an open and shut case, but when the accused men refuse to accept his bargaining plea, frustrations reveal they were only following orders. As he delves deeper it becomes clear that moral superiority, rank, and conscience all factor in to paint a very different sequence of events. Bringing this revelation to light is one thing but proving is quite another, especially when up against the fierce loyalty of long standing Marines.

Caamora Theatre Co presents

The Lost Journals

31 August

Clive Nolan and The Caamora Theatre Company are back for their now annual autumnal visit along with their followers from around Europe to present The Lost Journals - a brand new production featuring the music from Clive's musicals She, Alchemy and King's Ransom along with exclusive new material all presented in a brand new context. This will be an exciting and fun production, and will feature many of Caamora's singers, past and present.

Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra presents

A Holst Birthday Concert

5 October

Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra under the baton of conductor Timothy Carey and with guest viola Ana Teresa Alves present a programme including:

  • Mozart: Overture Don Giovanni
  • Holst: Fugal Concerto, Song No 1 & Lyric Movement
  • Vaughan Williams: Romance from Serenade in A Minor
  • Mozart: Symphony No 39

The Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1966 by Laurence Hudson to harness the talents of professional musicians in the area. It has retained its tradition of performing music from the 17th Century to the present day and, through its regular concerts in Pittville Pump Room and St Andrew's Church, Montpellier, has built up an appreciative audience.

PLEASE NOTE: This concert takes place at St Andrew's Church, Montpellier, and not the Playhouse, and all seats are unreserved.