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La Traviata

Presented by Opera Up Close and Stroud Arts Festival on 26th April 2014 at 7.30 pm.

The story of Violetta, a so-called ‘fallen woman’ who sacrifices her own happiness for the sake of her lover’s family and future, La Traviata has been thrilling audiences for generations.

Set in the prohibition era of speakeasies and bootlegging, with Violetta’s lover Alfredo a passionate young man whose optimism has been shaken by time at the front in the first world war, Violetta’s protector ‘the Baron’ a gang boss, and Alfredo’s father a crooked politician, this new production reveals the hypocrisy and heartache behind the glittering façade of parties.

Featuring a stunning young cast whose acting abilities are more than a match for their vocal talents, and with Verdi’s sumptuous melodies accompanied by a trio of clarinet, cello and piano, this production is bound to be every bit as entertaining and moving as La Bohème.

Tickets £18 (£16 under 18) buynow

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The Persistence of Memory

Presented by Butterfly Psyche on 3rd May 2014 at 7.30 pm.

Dante DeLucca is an ageing classics professor. He and his daughter Iphee must come to terms with his fading memory and how it will change their relationship. But they are not alone, with the unlikely appearance of Mneme, the Muse of Memory, father and daughter find the strength to make the transition together.

The Persistence of Memory addresses with compassion and humour the delicate issues of memory, how it defines us and our utter dependence on it.

"...a thought-provoking and intensely moving piece... Images from it will stay in your mind long afterwards."

Tickets £10buynow

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The Pirates of Penzance

Presented by Opera Anywhere on 9th May 2014 at 7.30 pm.

Gilbert and Sullivan as it’s meant to be – pure, uncomplicated fun, performed to the highest standards. Following on from Opera Anywhere’s successful Mikado tour they’re returning to the stage with one of the most popular Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. A vibrant, stylish and hilarious romp through one of G&S’s finest scores, this show has everything you could want from a great night out.
A young man bound by an overactive sense of duty, a soft-hearted pirate king with a hopeless band of rogues at his side, a beautiful young girl, a very modern major-general and an ineffectual bevy of policemen…add a plot hinging on the technicalities of having a birthday on the 29th of February and we’re just about there. What could possibly go wrong?
Gilbert’s high speed patter is razor sharp and Sullivan’s score sees him at the top of his game, with the catchy tunes for which he is so well known.

Tickets £15 buynow

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Sauce for the Goose

Presented by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School on 16th May 2014 at 7.30 pm.

Georges Feydeau’s high spirited romp Sauce For The Goose is stuffed with preening characters knitting their legs in sexual frustration.

Its heady mix of passions, pace and pleasure are the perfect mix for a good night out. The plot is simple: Lucienne is being pursued by the married Pontagnac, who is astounded to discover that she is already married to his friend Vatelin. Lucienne has sworn to be faithful as long as her husband remains so too. But then a keen old ‘indiscretion’ of her husband’s arrives with her own husband from Germany in tow.

Everyone ends up in the Hotel Ultimus, where the guests include an old army doctor and his deaf wife in Paris to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Beds are swopped, infidelities discovered and everyone’s Goose is cooked good and proper!

Untrustworthy husbands, betrayed wives, artful servants and crazed Germans demonstrate why the "naughty nineties" were so named, as master French farceur Feydeau's sparkling play switches from riotous farce to barbed social satire.

See the ‘Stars of Tomorrow in a Play for Today’.
(Suitable 12yrs+).

Tickets £11 buynow

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Acorn Antiques

Presented by The Cotswold Players from 12th to 14th and 18th to 21st June 2014 at 7.30 pm.

Victoria Wood's hilarious musical, based on her 80s spoof sketch, comes to the Playhouse.
The town of Manchestorford is alarmed when the Countess sells the high street to property developers. Soon coffee shops, credit stores and even the Hong Kong Thong and Panty Hut want to move in and evict the locals. The only chance Acorn Antiques has of survival is to find the will of Miss Babs and Miss Berta's dead father.
Originally staged in 2005 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket starring Julie Walters, Celia Imrie and Sally Ann Triplett, this fantastic musical comedy will have everyone on the their feet!
So join Miss Babs, Miss Berta and the one and only Mrs Overall for an evening of Macaroons, the Tip Top Tap and the Manchestorford Amateur Operatic Society's tribute to 'A Chorus Line'.
Pure Musical Comedy Gold!

Tickets £13 buynow

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blackadder

Presented by Almost Legal Productions on 4th July 2014 at 7.30 pm.

Blackadder is a comedy set in different historical periods that features the ill-fated exploits of the mean-spirited Edmund Blackadder and his dim sidekick Baldrick.

Almost Legal's production encompasses two time zones; The first being Elizabethan and the second being The First World War.
Both episodes chosen have been nominated by several websites and newspapers as household favourites, even original cast members choose these as their favourite all time episodes.

"Bells"
Blackadder finds his new servant, Bob, curiously pleasant company. So much so, that he almost kisses him. Afraid for his position at court, Blackadder searches for a "cure".

"Goodbyee"
General Melchett has finally given the command for the company to go "over the top", that is, send them to certain death. Blackadder pretends to be mad so that he can be invalided back to Blighty - but this may not be such a cunning plan...

Tickets £10 buynow

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Twelfth Night

Presented by Madcap Theatre Productions on 18th July 2014 at 7.30 pm.

Following the success of ‘Taming of the Shrew’, Critically acclaimed MadCap Theatre Productions return to the Cotswold Playhouse to present one of Shakespeare's finest comedies- 'Twelfth Night'.

What does a girl do when she finds herself washed up on the shores of Illyria?

Obviously, dress up as a boy and serve one of the most dashing Dukes in the land! Now, what if she falls in love with that Duke, but he is besotted with someone else- and that 'someone else' is besotted with the cross-dressing servant because she doesn't know who they really are?! Meanwhile the servant's twin has found himself in Illyria utterly confusing everyone, and a group of ill-mannered servants and a couple of drunk lords make things much, much worse...

This seemingly confusing plot is made understandable and enjoyable with MadCaps way of staging fun, fast-past and entertaining Shakespeare with a lot of ‘Madcap’ flair! Combining music, dance, stage combat and physical theatre with the original script join us for an evening of Shakespeare that is not to be missed!

Tickets £12buynow

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Only Fools and Boycie

An intimate evening with Only Fools And Horses actor John Challis on 6th September 2014 at 7.30 pm.

Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation's greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC1's Only Fools and Horses. In this one-off show the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career.

Having worked with some of the biggest names in show business, he'll be spilling the beans about Only Fools and Horses co-stars like Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and friends and fellow performers like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best. He’ll also recall tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics.

Mr Challis will also meet fans after the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures, while signing copies of his autobiography, Being Boycie, and novel, Reggie: A Stag At Bay.

Running time: 90 minutes with 20 minute interval

Tickets £15buynow

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I am Mark

Presented by Applecartlive on 13th September 2014 at 7.30 pm.

Commanding demons and controlling storms, a lone man walks out of the desert and, gathering a nation around him, he walks towards certain death in an occupied land. Ridding the tale of two thousand years of religious baggage, Applecart presents Mark's Gospel combining drama, storytelling, music, and film to tell a story of revolution and courage.

`i am Mark' is an epic telling of Mark's Gospel. Offering an alternative to the Globe Mysteries and the Radio 4 'Reading's' series, Applecart presents the story with fresh language for a modern audience.

Applecart's creative team is headed up by Peter Moreton and Phil Summers. Peter has extensive experience as performer and Musical Director in the West End, working with companies such as Chichester Festival Theatre, Cheek by Jowl, RSC, Propeller and the National Theatre, and Phil has over twenty years' experience as a storyteller having trained in improvisation under John Hodgson at Bretton Hall. Applecart's unique style of performance has attracted capacity audiences at festivals, universities and conferences around the country. Their unique brand of storytelling and drama is both theatrical and disarming, sometimes funny, and often deeply moving.

Tickets £10

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Romeo and Juliet

Presented by the cotswold Players from 16th to 18th and 22nd to 25th October 2014 at 7.30 pm.

tickets: £12
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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 2013 as Best Independent Company, presents a sparkling and refreshing ballet based on the eternal fairy tale.

“Beauty and the Beast” toured to over 50 venues in the UK during 2011 to record audiences and overwhelming critical acclaim. The production also toured to Italy playing to 1026 people in Trieste and 987 in Como.

A ruined merchant, lost and desperate in a deep forest; an exquisite garden by a magical palace; an enchanted Beast, furious and lonely; a promise to the merchant’s youngest daughter, Beauty: a perfect red rose - so the scene is set for the greatest love story ever told.
Like Cinderella, the tale of Beauty and the Beast is one of the best known stories in the world.

In 1946 the legendary film maker Jean Cocteau added to the myth by creating the masterpiece that is “La Belle et la Bete” using much of the imagery that was later copied by Disney for their film version in 1991.

Now Ballet Cymru, bring to life this timeless story using the company’s unique blend of classical technique and storytelling.
“Beauty and the Beast” is a critically acclaimed ballet featuring choreography by Creative Wales Award winner Darius James, costumes by Welsh designer Steve Denton and a haunting score by composer David Westcott.

Featuring stunning costumes, breathtaking choreography and heartbreaking passion, this production is the most thrilling and entertaining dance event of the year.

Join us in a world of myth, magic and beasts!

Tickets £16 (£12 under 18) buynow

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Blighty Bound

Presented by the Cotswold Players from 26th 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

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Beauty and the Beast

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

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