A fast-paced musical romp through ancient Rome, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is the story of an ambitious slave determined to win his freedom. To achieve his goal he agrees to help Hero, his masters' dim-witted son, to win the hand of the beautiful Philia - the girl next door! The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, disguises, door slamming, puns and satirical comment on social class plus an award-winning score by Stephen Sondheim.
There is 'something for everyone' and definitely 'comedy tonight'!
Quack, waddle and strut your way to the Playhouse and join CODS for their brand new Youth Theatre company's debut production of Honk! Jr. Opening on a farmyard full to bursting with quirky characters, follow Ugly on his journey from being the duckling with no friends to the beautiful swan we all know and love from Hans Christian Andersen's beloved children's tale. Honk! Jr the musical will charm and delight Gloucestershire families with a menagerie of singing ducks, sly cats and flipper-wearing froglets - all brought together with a fun and frolicking musical score from Stiles and Drewe, the British composing duo behind Betty Blue Eyes, Wind in the Willows, and the stage adaptation of Mary Poppins.
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.
With A Smile & A Song is a fun filled show featuring featuring songs from the pens of Ivor Novello, Michel Legrand, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lionel Bart, Lerner & Loewe, Noel Coward and Puccini and comedy from such greats as Kenneth Williams, Ken Dodd, Max Wall, The Two Ronnies and Dame Edna Everage.
Marilyn Hill Smith has sung principal roles with all the major British opera companies and her work encompasses a wide repertoire from early French opera at the Palais de Versailles, Gilbert & Sullivan at the Hollywood Bowl, Sondheim at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and concert, opera and oratorio throughout Europe. She won rave reviews as the Mother Abbess in Andrew Lloyd Webber's recent West End production of The Sound of Music and is a particular favourite with listeners of BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night, having starred in a record-breaking 105 broadcasts!
Adam Daye has appeared in theatre and cabaret with Victoria Wood, Danny La Rue, Frankie Howerd, Bob Monkhouse and Ken Dodd, including being Doddy's "voice man" for BBC Radio 2's Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter. He recently played two leading roles in a new musical, Let's Hear it for the Wee Man, written by and starring Jimmy Cricket, and has appeared in over 35 pantos - usually playing the Dame. TV appearances include Opportunity Knocks, Starburst, Rising Stars and Who Do You Do?
Divided by love. United by war.
"I've had nearly eighteen years of yesterdays and tomorrows, and tonight I must remember as many of them as I can. Tonight, more than any other night of my life, I want to feel alive!"
Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night, he looks back at his short but joyful past: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.
"As moving as the poetry of Wilfred Owen and as painfully memorable as white-hot shrapnel..."(The Sunday Herald).
They're back! After repeated sell-out successes, our resident improvised comedy group, Comic Sans Script return. Again, it's Red vs Blue. The teams will play hilarious games to determine the kings of improv!
As it's all improvised, we can't tell you what will happen but it's going to be a heap of fun! Our last show saw two improvisers head off to Slough, but end up in Stroud; numerous 'someone walks into a bar' jokes; a knock-out version of the song Hush Little Baby; and unique attempts at doing two accents at once!
If you loved Whose Line Is It Anyway?, fancy a night out with the family and waving glow-sticks to cheer your favourite team – grab your tickets now!
We're opening our doors again this September as part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme, allowing you to take a free guided tour to access parts of the theatre you can't usually see and learn about the history of this fascinating property dating back to 1806. These include the swimming pool beneath the auditorium (now used as a furniture store), the workshop (part of which was once a steam mill and bakery) and the dressing rooms (which were once used to provide medical treatments).
Refreshments will also be available for you to enjoy while looking at a range of old maps, plans, photographs, advertising material and some 1920s film showing the medical baths being used.
We'll be open until 4 pm (last tour at 3.30 pm) and there is no need to book. Please note that due to differing floor levels, some areas are not accessible for those with disabilities, and we're often especially busy between 12 noon and 2 pm. Tours last approximately 40 minutes.
THIS PRODUCTIONS HAS UNFORTUNATELY BEEN CANCELLED
Jay is an Oscar winning actor about to lead in a new play that connects his Irish roots. Leigh is the play's director, convinced this could be his chance of a lifetime. Ruth is the Northern Irish playwright whose voice needs to be heard. They all meet one night to discuss the play's challenges and provocations.
Confrontational, brutally funny and not for the faint hearted, Ulster American examines consent, abuses of power, the confusions of cultural identity, quickly escalating to an unexpected climax.
With strong language and adult themes, this is a white-knuckle ride that will have you biting the seat in front!
After an absence of 12 months, the hugely popular Album Project are back - and following their previous successful gigs recreating whole albums on stage from the likes of The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and The Eagles - their new show is most definitely "the gig of the year"!
A cursory look at the music released in 1973 will show that some of Rock music's most seminal albums burst into the public consciousness. The Album Project will perform some of the finest tracks off these albums plus songs that were in the top 100 selling singles of that year. There will be some old favourites, and some surprises spanning a range of genres. Something for everyone!
This is obviously a slight change in direction for the band and there will be an increased emphasis on the multi media visual element of the show. Expect the usual standard of high class musicianship with some new faces added to take the band to what will be another level.
Rochester was a man who was endowed with every conceivable talent and chose, deliberately and methodically, to waste each one.
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. Charismatic poet, playwright and rake with a legendary appetite for excess. An anti-monarchist friend of Charles II, an atheist who converted to Christianity and a lyric poet who revelled in obscenity.
The play opens in 1675 when Rochester is just 28. Already a writer and poet of reputed brilliance, his irreverence is starting to lose acceptability with the king as he continues to relentlessly test the limits of his society. Caught in a downward spiral of feverish alcohol-fuelled mischief-making and sexual excess, his downfall is finally set in motion when he falls madly in love with Elizabeth Barry, the young actress he is attempting to mold.
With all the wit, flair and bawdiness of a Restoration comedy, this bold new production of Stephen Jeffreys' provocative play is an incisive critique of life in an age of excess.
Warning: the play contains strong language and adult themes throughout.
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.
Come on down to Camden Town for a night at 'Our House'.
This very British, Olivier Award-winning musical tells the story of Joe Casey, who on the night of his sixteenth birthday breaks the law to impress his girlfriend Sarah. When the police show up will Joe run, or turn himself in?
The story splits in to two, with Good Joe facing the music, and Bad Joe getting away with his crime. Both will learn life isn't always 'black and white'.
Written by Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Kinky Boots) featuring Madness hits including: Baggy Trousers, Driving in my Car, It Must Be Love and of course Our House, missing this brilliant, hilarious and dazzling show would be utter 'Madness'!
Calamity can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood. Hard, boastful and desperate to impress, she travels to Chicago on the Deadwood Stage to recruit a star, Adelaide Adams. But things don't go too smoothly for Calamity, as everyone in town favours the new girl and she struggles to keep her jealousy and pride in check. It takes her long standing enemy Wild Bill Hickok to make her see sense, and realise her Secret Love.
With an Oscar nominated score that includes The Black Hills of Dakota, The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away), Just Blew in from the Windy City and the Award winning song Secret Love, don't miss this new production which blows into the Playhouse for one week only.
A festive comedy about kids - for adults.
Mrs Horrocks' class of seven year olds are about to put on this year's school nativity play in front of their parents. Amid dropped lines, dropped tunes and telling's off, backstage politics threatens de-rail the show; Gabriel plans to overthrow the Virgin Mary, King Herod would rather host A Question of Sport and the Innkeeper is determined to liven up the traditional script with a few antics of his own.
The Flint Street Nativity focuses on the hang-ups, worries and petty jealousies of these junior individuals and their brutal attempts to mimic and impress their elders.
Ah the little …"darlings".
Jacob's Well are delighted to bring this C S Lewis classic to the Playhouse in a stunning musical version by Adrian Mitchell and Shaun Davey.
This is the tale of four children, evacuated from London during the Blitz. While exploring the professor's house, Lucy stumbles across a wardrobe, gateway to another world... and the adventure begins. The land of Narnia is under the spell of the wicked White Witch, and very quickly the four find themselves caught up in a deadly struggle between good and evil.
With a great cast, live band and brilliant score, this musical production will transport audiences on a gripping journey through Narnia and beyond.
Renowned entertainer Peter Gill presents his ever popular Comedy Songbook with a special Christmas theme. Along with favourites from the repertoire of greats such as Victoria Wood, Noel Coward, Allan Sherman, Flanders and Swann, Billy Connolly and Johnny Cash, expect festively themed classics like Tom Lehrer's Christmas Carol, Weird Al's The Night Santa Went Crazy, Spike Jones' All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth, Bob Rivers' Chipmunks Roasting On An Open Fire plus many many more.
'….. the wonderfully wide-eyed, manic and totally irresistible form of Peter Gill' - Musical Theatre Review
When his brother catches the measles, Tom is sent to stay with his Aunt Gwen and Uncle Alan in their upstairs flat in a big house. Tom isn't allowed out to play, in case he is infectious, but it wouldn't matter much anyway – the big house has no garden any more, having been sold for building land.
Tom is lonely and bored with little to do until one night he hears the grandfather clock in the hallway strike thirteen times. He creeps downstairs to investigate, throws open the back door, and where there used to be just a small yard he discovers a large and beautiful garden. Clearly, something strange is happening; every time the clock strikes thirteen Tom is transported back in time to the secret garden where he befriends an unhappy Victorian orphan, Hatty, and they have a series of adventures. But just what is the secret behind the magical midnight garden?
This wonderful adaptation of one of the most beloved children's books of all time is a real treat for the whole family this Christmas.
Early Bird Discount: £1 off all tickets booked by 1 September
Relaxed Performance on Sunday 15 December at 14.00: perfect for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including those with an autism spectrum condition or learning disability. The lights in the auditorium will be up so that it's not too dark, you can make noise during the show and you can come and go as you please. We also make small changes to the lighting and sound effects so that the performance is more accessible if you have sensory sensitivities. Special pricing applies - all seats £10.