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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.

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

(Show finishes c10.15pm)

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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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Photo: Janire Najeera

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

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Rogers & Hammerstein's
CINDERELLA

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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 thought-provoking plays in Stroud of presenting entertaining and thought-provoking plays in Stroud.

Tickets £12 - Available in December

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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

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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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