Unless otherwise stated, all performances start at 7.30 pm and all concessions are for under 16s and over 60s
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The Breach

20th July

Apricity Theatre
£12

Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Apricity Theatre


History is written by the victors. But what about the people whose blood those victories were won with?


Henry is a violent man, and a threat too great for France to ignore as his armies plunder their churches and burn their towns to the ground. Henry’s soldiers struggle to come to terms with the blood they have shed in the name of their king, while Princess Katherine prepares herself for the arranged marriage she knows is on its way. With ‘explosive’ battles (Theatre Bath) and thumping beats, this new adaptation explores the darker side of Shakespeare’s story through the eyes of the people used and forgotten by history.


***** 


‘unlike anything we have experienced ’
praise for Between the Armies (365 Bristol)


**** 


‘haunting’
praise for Between the Armies (Theatre Bath)

Sense and Sensibility

25th July

DOT Productions
£12

The Dashwood sisters have a very different approach to their love lives. Elinor has much more Sense, but Marianne has a great deal of Sensibility.


Hero’s, heartbreak, heroines and villains, all topped off with Dot Productions renowned comedic style will have you falling in love with this wonderful adaptation of the beloved Austen novel.

Julius Caesar

10th to 12th and 16th to 19th October

Cotswold Players
£12

“It must be by her death!”


A country troubled by civil unrest and political uncertainty.  The emergence of a charismatic new leader, on a wave of popular acclaim.  Some say she should be given absolute powers.  But that would contravene proud democratic traditions.  And it would sideline the current political elite.  What is the opposition to do?  And what will be the consequences of their actions?  This contemporary production underlines the terrible timelessness of Shakespeare’s great classic. 


Set in an unspecified European country, it whisks us from the backstreets of the capital to the homes of the rich and famous, to the seat of sovereign power, and finally to the town whose war-ravaged streets provide the setting for the final showdown.  It contains scenes of violence, blood, gunfire and explosions.


This is Julius Caesar as you have never seen it before: stripped back, fast-moving, up-to-date, full of surprises, and packed with modern technology.


A revolutionary approach to a play about revolution.  It is a fitting contribution to the 2019 Stroud Festival, with its theme of “Revolution in the Arts”.

Three Men in a Boat

2nd November

Kick in the Head
£12

After the huge success of Old Herbaceous, Kick In The Head productions are back with a rip roaring barrel of fun, Three Men in a Boat, with Giles Shenton (Old Herbaceous himself!) playing the part of Jerome K Jerome.


Join Jerome as he recounts the hilarious story of his boating holiday along the magnificent River Thames with his two companions and Montmorency the dog. Come and join in the fun as Giles Shenton expertly takes the helm and pilots you through the ridiculous tale of men behaving badly while messing about in boats!


 


“There are a few seriously funny books that remain great for all time. Three Men in a Boat is one of these” The Guardian


“Timeless appeal” The Independent


“Pitch-perfect comedy about, well, three men in a boat” The Telegraph


Giles Shenton "creates an instant rapport with the audience, drawing us into his world and making the characters in it so real we feel you have known them forever. " Fringe Review

Stroud Short Stories

10th November


£8 - on sale 11 Oct

An evening of short stories written and read by Gloucestershire authors


This event is part of the 2019 Stroud Book Festival


Formed in 2011, this is Stroud Short Stories 19th event and follows the sell-out event at the Cotswold Playhouse in May.


Proclaimed by the Cheltenham Literature Festival as “Possibly the best short story event in the South West”, SSS’s considerable reputation is based on the unfailingly high quality of the stories read at its events.


Writers from across Gloucestershire submit their stories twice a year to SSS Organiser John Holland. Ten stories are selected - from the hundred or so submitted - to be read by their authors, who may be professional writers, skilled amateurs or complete beginners.


This time it’s an open theme so any short story subjects and genres may be included. John has a new co-judge too - short fiction author Chloe Turner.


The last 13 events all sold out in advance, so you should book early to avoid disappointment - especially as it’s part of the 2019 Stroud Book Festival.


More information is on the SSS website - stroudshortstories.blogspot.com


Key Dates


Submissions are open from 18 August to 29 September.


Tickets on sale here from Friday 11 October.

A Month of Sundays

14th to 16th November

Hexagon Theatre Company
£12

Bob Larby

A comedy about the difficulties inherent in growing old. Cooper, who has gone into a residential home rather than be a burden to his family, flirts valiantly with the female staff, banters with the other old folks and keeps a close check on his “record of physical deteriorations”.


To the painful ritual of Sunday family visits and empty condescension, Cooper and his friend Aylott reply with humour and wit, aware that life can only be endured if treated as a comedy.


Although he has written several plays, Bob Larbey is best known for his television writing including ‘A Fine Romance’ and ‘As Time Goes By’ which both starred Judi Dench.

The Dolls of New Albion

30th November

Drama Llama Productions
£12

Paul Shapera

Drama Llama Productions presents Paul Shapers’s critically acclaimed steampunk opera Dolls of New Albion.


The Opera follows four generations of the McAllister family in the fantastical city of New Albion. The story begins when lonely scientist, Annabelle, attempts to revive a dead love by binding his soul into a clockwork doll. Her actions set into motion an escalating series of events which will alter the world around them.


With the passing of generations over time, each key member of McAlistair family makes a crucial and flawed choice motivated by selfish love. The fate of New Albion hangs in the balance of their actions.

Babes in the Wood

16th to 19th and 23rd to 25th January. Matinees 18th & 19th

Cotswold Players
£12 (£7 under 16)

Babes in The Wood is a traditional pantomime favourite amongst audiences young and old alike. Cotswold Players member, Mark Seaman, will direct his own version of this classic Panto tale at the Playhouse in January 2020.


When Cedric is killed in the Crusades, his brother, the Sheriff of Nottingham, becomes responsible for Cedric’s children, Lilly and Billy, but he is more interested in their inheritance than their welfare and plots to have them killed so he can get his hands on their money.


The children’s carer, Nanny Nora, discovers the Sheriff’s evil plot and she hatches a plan of her own to save the youngsters - but will she be in time? Or will the Sheriff have his wicked way?!
Come and cheer as Nanny Nora, Maid Marion, Robin Hood and his merry men do their best to thwart the Sheriff’s plans and boo as he and his witless servants, Dilbert and Gilbert, attempt to do away with the Babes and get their hands on the children’s fortune!


With plenty of twists and turns and lots of fun and laughter along the way our Pantomime story is guaranteed to put a smile on your face ….. Oh yes it is!

Unless otherwise stated, all performances start at 7.30 pm and any concessions are for under 16s and over 60s