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Blighty Bound

Presented by the Cotswold Players from 25th to 29th November 2014 at 7.30 pm.

The story of a small Gloucestershire community facing the upheaval of the First World War.

Inspired by the remarkable poetry written by the women at home and the men in the trenches, this poignant and yet uplifting play sheds a light on some of the extraordinary experiences these ordinary people lived through.

From the cheerfulness of the men singing as they marched to war, to the awful deliveries of telegrams telling of their fate; from the dawning realisation of the horrors of sniper fire, to the yellowing of women's skins who worked on the shell production line.

This homage to the local community was written especially for the Cotswold Players by Pip Royall, one of their members. Using songs, poetry and a moving story, it commemorates this community's involvement in an event that transformed women’s place in society, disturbed the status quo of social class, and introduced the concept of total war to the world.

Tickets £12 buynow


Rogers & Hammerstein's

Presented by The Cotswold Players from 21st to 24th and 28th to 31st January 2015 at 7.30 pm. (2.30 pm matinees on both Saturdays)

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s partnership is one of the most renowned in musical theatre. Together they are responsible for creating the musicals Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Oklahoma and The Sound of Music.  

This musical version of the classic fairytale was originally written for television, as a vehicle for Julie Andrews. Since then many famous faces have stepped into her shoes to play the title role including Lesley Ann Warren, Brandy Norwood and Carly Rae Jepsen and I’m sure our leading lady will step into the glass slipper beautifully!
This production will be filled with magic and enchantment – as every fairytale should be, it will delight the entire family, from young children to great grandparents. Every memorable moment from the magical fairytale will come to life onstage - the pumpkin, the glass slipper and the Prince!

Tickets £13 (Under 16 £7) buynow


The Autumn of Han

Presented by Red Dragonfly on 6th February 2015 at 7.30 pm.

A new adaptation of a Chinese classic for the European stage, an enthralling story of corruption, revenge and tragic love.

Mao Yan Shou, a minister of the Han court, is selecting new concubines for the Emperor’s harem, but when the beautiful Zhao Jun refuses to supply him with his usual bribe he makes sure she’s hidden away in a forgotten wing of the palace. Zhao Jun is a resourceful woman and soon engineers a meeting with the Emperor who, on seeing her, immediately falls in love and in doing sets off a chain of events that changes all their lives.

‘Beautifully captures the majesty and beauty of the Han Dynasty era... A wonderful experience to explore the culture and traditions of ancient China through their own mythology, in a manner that will appeal to everyone.’
British Theatre Guide **** (4 stars)

‘Sumptuously costumed... evocatively traditional-style music heightening its Oriental mood... melodramatic elements and stately quality befitting its setting... a richly talented ensemble’
The Stage

Tickets £12 buynow


The Brontë Season
Three talented sisters...
Three captivating heroines...
Three new adaptations...

Whether you're a hard-core Brontë fan or if you've never had the pleasure, these fresh new adaptations by West Country theatre companies Butterfly Psyche Theatre & Livewire Theatre will invigorate, inspire and melt hearts.

The Brontë Season is made up of three brilliant, new stage adaptations of the sisters’ classic novels: Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Performed in rep, with only one and two actors, there's a chance to mix-and-match an old favourite along with a new acquaintance.

The Brontë Season: Jane Eyre

Presented by Butterfly Psyche Theatre and Livewire Theatre on 11th February 2015 at 7.30 pm.

Charlotte Brontë’s  Jane Eyre, the Gothic story of a penniless young governess, met with immediate success when first published. The eponymous Jane takes up service in creepy Thornfield Hall and soon finds herself  at the centre of a haunted cover-up-conspiracy with the dashing-yet-devilish, Mr Rochester.

Will they live happily ever after? Will their worlds come crashing down around them? It’s a Brontë, so be prepared for both...

Tickets £12 (Concessions £10)buynow


The Brontë Season: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Presented by Butterfly Psyche Theatre and Livewire Theatre on 12th February 2015 at 7.30 pm.

Anne Brontë, the least well-known (and vastly under-appreciated) of the sisters wrote the most shocking of all the Bronte novels put together, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. 

Telling the story of Helen Graham, a reclusive artist who has mysteriously taken up residence at the dilapidated Wildfell Hall, Anne’s multi-layered masterpiece aims to show both the brutality and consequences of life choices along with hope and happiness through redemption, forgiveness and truth.

When The Tenant was first published it sold out within 6 weeks (vastly outselling Wuthering Heights  and selling even better in the US than the UK, something that cannot be said of the other two sisters) and is widely considered to be the first ‘sustained’ feminist novels. However, Charlotte Brontë, for reasons best known to herself, succeeded in widely denouncing the book and suppressing a reprint after Anne’s death. Was she doing it to "protect" her “sister’s reputation”, or her own?

Tickets £12 (Concessions £10)buynow


The Brontë Season: Wuthering Heights

Presented by Butterfly Psyche Theatre and Livewire Theatre on 13th and 14th February 2015 at 7.30 pm.

Emily Brontë’s emotionally gripping Wuthering Heights is, without a doubt, one of the most tragic and infamous love stories ever told. As the most introverted and reclusive of the sisters, Emily’s personality remains a mystery. But as they say, ‘still waters run deep’ and even if you've never read a word of the Brontës in your life, you will have at least heard of Heathcliff and Cathy and their passionate-yet-destructive love that transcended even death.

This production will leave you covered in goosebumps and reaching for the nearest copy.

Tickets £12 (Concessions £10)buynow


The Amazing and Preposterous Constance Smedley

Presented by the Cotswold Players from 18th to 21st March 2015 at 7.30 pm.

Not quite a world premiere – the play had a brief and successful outing at the Cheltenham Everyman in 2010 – The Amazing and Preposterous Constance Smedley is an original play by local author Frank Hatt.

The play is based on events in the life of Constance Smedley, novelist, journalist, illustrator, playwright, theatre-worker and founder of the International Lyceum Club for Women Writers and Artists. It spans the period 1903 – 1915.

‘Connie’ is of particular interest because for part of her life she lived in Minchinhampton and it was during this time that she staged the huge Pageant of Progress involving over a thousand local people. It was this pageant that led to the formation of the Cotswold Players in Stroud, in 1911, an episode that forms part of the play.

Lively and entertaining throughout, the play is a great opportunity to find out more about a very early pioneer of the women’s movement.

Tickets £12 - Available in November


Stroud Film Festival 2015 - 'Pina'

Presented by Stroud Film Festival on 28th March 2015 at 7.30 pm.

'Pina' -  A documentary film.
A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.

Director: Wim Wenders

No, there was no hurricane that swept across the stage,
there were just … people performing
who moved differently than I knew
and who moved me as I had never been moved before.
After only a few moments I had a lump in my throat,
and after a few minutes of unbelieving amazement
I simply let go of my feelings
and cried unrestrainedly.
This had never happened to me before…
maybe in life, sometimes in the cinema,
but not when watching a rehearsed production,
let alone choreography.
This was not theatre, nor pantomime,
nor ballet and not at all opera.
Pina was you know,
the creator of a new art.
Dance theatre.

Tickets £6 and £5 concessions


Aristophenes 'Frogs'

Presented by Hecate Theatre Company on 11th April 2015 at 7.30 pm.

A brand new adaptation of Aristophanes’ zany comedy about summoning dead playwrights to settle a divine score.

Join the god of drama, Dionysus, on a journey to the Underworld to spark rivalry, ribbiting and an epic battle of wits. Hecate Theatre’s Frogs is an all-female take on this bonkers Greek classic.

"The real star of the show here is the ensemble cast who croak, sing and banter their way through a sparkling, relevant script" - Bristol Culture.

Featuring a literary smack-down between William Shakespeare and Jane Austen, and with a quirky choral soundtrack, Hecate create an eerie post-apocalyptic world in which the grotesque ‘frogs’ tell their story as an ensemble cast of five females.

"Extremely entertaining, an absolute delight to watch from start to finish" 5 stars - Theatre Bath.

Tickets £10 - Available in December
(This show lasts about 1 hour)


This May Hurt a Bit

Presented by Hexagon Theatre Company from 23rd to 25th April 2015 at 7.30 pm.

Faced with an urgent need to choose between seeking private medical treatment or sticking to long-held beliefs and trusting in the NHS, a family are at loggerheads. Will they make the right choice? Will there be regrets as well as recriminations?

“This May Hurt A Bit” - by Stella Feehily - was described by The Observer as “Hilarious and hard-hitting - moves to tears”. This humorous and poignant play is extremely topical.

It was only in 2014 that it had its national tour. Hexagon are proud and delighted to have obtained permission to perform it as soon as it became available for amateur companies. In 2015, Hexagon are celebrating 30 years of presenting entertaining and thought-provoking plays in Stroud.

Tickets £12 - Available in December


The Education of a Lap-Dancer

Presented by Traffic of the Stage on 9th May 2015 at 7.30 pm.

Immigrant workers in the sex industry... Stressed out teachers in the public sector.... Violence and racial tension in the inner city. East Europeans trying to make a fast euro... This is the London at the sharp end at the cutting edge.

Fast-moving, raw, and humorous, John Cooper's latest play cuts through the spin and the platitudes and looks at the increasingly complex cultural mix that is London today.
You want to know what goes on in inner-city schools... You don't go to Offsted... You ask a classroom teacher on a full time-table.

Chris and Marie, urban professionals working the public sector in Little Venice seem to be doing OK. A nice house, jobs in the inner-city, daughter at uni...
But what's the real cost...

John Cooper's latest play examines the growing ethnic diversity of contemporary London and looks at values and morals in a rapidly changing post-colonial culture. Under the spotlight is the pressure on those at the frontline of public sector education with its controversial policies of political correctness and positive discrimination.

But the play also deals with the erotic and sensual undertow in multi-cultural London where sex , as ever, is a powerful and irresistible driving force.
If you're a personable young girl from Romania, what will get you further... a GCSE or a G-String!

 Tickets £12 - Available in December


The Beaux Stratagem

Presented by the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School on 15th May 2015 at 7.30 pm.

Rakes, Lovers, Desperate Housewives, Herbal Healers and Horse Thieves...

The Lichfield stagecoach is a’comin’ on over the hill, laden with gallants and garters intent on fine females and their even finer fortunes. But are they prepared for cross dressing Irish priests, a band of honourable highwaymen, lardy landlords, scheming servants and aimless alliteration?

The stage is set for one of the finest Restoration Comedies of the age. Farquar knits together a panoply of stock and ‘not so stock’ characters, weaving plots and sub plots in an 18th Century ‘One Man Two Governors’, where not all is as it seems and the country folk of Lichfield are not quite as dumb as we think. Well not quite...

Tickets £11 - Available in December

beaux stratagem


Beauty and the Beast

Presented by Ballet Cymru / Stroud Arts Festival on 31th October 2014 at 7.30 pm.

Ballet Cymru, nominated by the Critics Circle National Dance Awards in


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