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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



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.

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Age: 12+

Tickets £10 buynow



Romeo and Juliet

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

Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of two warring families from whose ‘fatal loins’, ‘a pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life’ is given a new twist in this production.  The action is brought up-to-date with the use of TV news flashes, highly technological lighting and exciting film-like sequences that complement and enhance the amazing language of the original.

The play’s heady mix of passion and violence interwoven with flashes of wit makes for an unforgettable evening at the theatre.  The plot is well-known – Romeo, a member of the Montague family, falls deeply in love with Juliet, the daughter of the Capulets, and they get secretly married. However, due to a twist of fate, Romeo ends up killing Juliet’s cousin and is banished. Torn apart at the very beginning of their whirlwind romance, Romeo ‘s confidante, Friar Lawrence, advises an unusual remedy. Juliet is to take a potion that will simulate death. When she is buried in the family vault, Romeo will come and spirit her away - it all sounds so simple…..

Audiences have been moved and overwhelmed by one of the world’s great plays for over 400 years. Now is your chance to see the Cotswold Players’ exciting new version, which has the additional cachet of being part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s prestigious Open Stages project. From the hundreds of amateur groups in the country, only those which could demonstrate really ambitious and original ideas have been selected.

An extract from the production will be performed at the RSC’s Swan Theatre next year. Don’t miss seeing it in Stroud!

Tickets £12 buynow


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



Photo: Janire Najeera

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 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) available in September


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’
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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


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