Unless otherwise stated, all performances start at 7.30 pm and any concessions offered apply to under 16s and over 60s

Aylmers Circus

26th July at 7.30, 27th July at 2.30 and 7.30 and 28th July at 2.30 and 5.30

Harvey Aylmer Productions Ltd
£21 (£15 under 16)

You’re invited to Aylmer’s Circus. A new Theatrical Circus extravaganza coming to The Cotswold Playhouse this summer from Friday 26th - Sunday 28th July 2024.

Our family-friendly circus invites you into a kingdom, where international acrobats come alive. Accompanied by a contortionist, hand balancer, and cyr wheel artist, just to name a few! Inspired by fairy tales, theatrical romance, and elegance, you’ll be taken through the story of a man who dreams of becoming a clown, when he stumbles upon a letter from a forgotten ballerina.  

Come and be transported to a world where musical theatre and circus collide, and childhood dreams are reimagined.

Strange Tales from the Darker Side

20th September

Nick Brunger

Strange Tales from the Darker Side

Cabaret-style seating in the Theatre lounge

Dr Nicolas Grimoire takes you on a trip to the Darker Side for a unique performance of strange and Gothic magic combining psychological illusion, mind manipulation and spooky storytelling.

With your help the doctor uncovers some unsettling stories from the past, illustrated by arcane objects of all kinds.  Hear the terrifying story of Gloucestershire's most unusual murder, discover the secrets held by ancient photographs and help summon up the spirits of those who are long dead.

If you enjoy the mind-reading mysteries of Derren Brown then this spine-chilling blend of magic and traditional storytelling is the perfect evening's entertainment for you. 

Not suitable for children under the age of 14.  


1st to 5th October

Cotswold Players

A victim judged. A marriage in crisis.
Heartbreaking, shocking, and at times hilarious, this modern Greek tragedy
puts our legal system under the spotlight as a group of friends deal with the
consequences of their behaviour.

Friends take opposing briefs in a rape case. The key witness is a woman whose
life seems a world away from theirs. At home, their own lives begin to unravel
as every version of the truth is challenged.

Consent deftly combines domestic drama with insightful explorations into our
cultural concepts of consent. It’s a thought-provoking play that examines our
legal system alongside marriage and the ways we lie and cover, betray and

Warning: this play contains frequent swearing and adult themes, as well as
graphic descriptions and casual discussion of rape and assault. Not suitable for
anyone under the age of 14.

An amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

Deaths at Sea

11th October

Our Star Theatre Company
£15 (Concessions £13)

A small theatre company are performing their new murder-mystery play ‘Death at Sea’, but despite their best efforts, everything goes wrong! 

Their play, ‘Death at Sea’, is a thrilling murder mystery set on a small ship carrying just five passengers and its Captain. When one of the passengers, Mr Inus, is found dead, the remaining passengers speculate and turn on each other until the real murderer is caught... But that isn’t how this play goes! 

In Death(s) at Sea props fail, the set falls down, actors get drunk and concussed, and conversations in the wings reveal too much. If they can only make it to the end of the play before one of them really kills someone!

A Christmas Carol

Schools performances only - 1 pm on 15th, 10 am and 1 pm on 16th

Grove Productions

Schools Performances only
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Tickets £16.50 + vat

Experience the timeless magic of "A Christmas Carol". Charles Dickens' beloved ghost story of redemption and Christmas spirit, offering a heartwarming and at times spine tingling escape from the hustle and bustle.

Join The Ghosts of Marley, Christmas Past, Present, and Future as they take Ebeneezer Scrooge on the journey of his life. Grove Productions returns following a critically acclaimed run of Macbeth, with captivating storytelling, memorable performances, and a festive atmosphere.

Don't miss this chance to rekindle your holiday joy and share a treasured classic with family and friends. Embrace the spirits of Christmas today! 

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

10 am (schools only) and 7.30 pm on 18th, 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm on 19th

Grove Productions
£22 (Concessions £18)

Following on from their critically acclaimed run of Macbeth, Grove Productions bring you Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

This new stage adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic brings to life the story of Gabriel Utterson as he tries to unravel the mystery of his friend Dr Jekyll's new associate Mr Hyde. Why would Jekyll change his will to leave everything to a man who has "Satan's signature written upon his face"?

Can Dr Jekyll keep control of Mr Hyde? And will Utterson discover the terrible truth behind their friendship

Schools Performance only at 1 pm on 18th October.
Contact Grove Productions directly via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07484 214894 for information and bookings
Tickets £16.50 + vat

Stroud Short Stories

3rd November

Stroud Short Stories
£12 on sale 3rd Oct

Stroud Short Stories
FAMILY AFFAIR - An evening of stories on the theme of Family written and read by Gloucestershire authors 
Cotswold Playhouse Sunday 3 November at 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) 
Now in its fourteenth year, Stroud Short Stories 28th event will be will an evening of extraordinary stories about family.

As usual, ten stories will be selected - from the hundred or so usually submitted - to be read by their authors, who may be professional writers, skilled amateurs or even complete beginners, but all of whom are from Gloucestershire.

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.

Submissions will be judged this time by SSS organiser/editor John Holland, who was recently awarded the Stroud News & Journal Community Award for his Contribution to the Arts and award-winning short story author/novelist Joanna Campbell.

As usual, the demand for tickets will be high. The autumn SSS event always sells out.

More information is on the SSS website - stroudshortstories.blogspot.com
Sunday 11 August - Open for submissions which are free as always
Sunday 22 September - Submissions close
Friday 4 October- Tickets go on sale from the Cotswold Playhouse website

Faustus - That Damned Woman

19th to 23rd Nov

Cotswold Players

A revolutionary re-telling of the classic morality tale of Dr Faustus - who sold his immortal soul to the Devil in return for unlimited powers. The central character is re-imagined as a 17th century woman. It takes a painful series of attempts for her to make contact with the Devil. But when she does, she negotiates a price for her soul that not only gives her the services of the demon Mephistopheles but also allows her to fast forward in time. She encounters famous personalities, meets the seven deadly sins, unsettles the Devil with some of her cutting-edge scientific research, and fends off the horsemen of the Apocalypse, before finally landing in the fourth millennium!

Join us on a fast-paced journey through time, packed with action and surprises – and ask yourself what you would do if you had the power to do anything!

Age guidance 12+

An amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

HMS Pinafore

2.30/7.30 on 30th Nov and 7.30 on 1st Dec.

Forbear! Theatre
£22 (£18 concessions)

HMS Pinafore 

by Gilbert and Sullivan
Presented by Forbear! Theatre
Saturday 30th Nov 2.30pm
Saturday 30th Nov 7.30pm
Sunday 1st Dec 7.30pm

In this comic operetta, captain's daughter Josephine and lowly sailor Ralph are in love. Standing between them are her father, her fiancé and the British class system. Can they overcome the odds?

Forbear! Theatre is a small group of professionals founded in 2015, described by Sir Arthur Sullivan Society Magazine as “precise and vivacious”.

£4 off if you book BOTH HMS Pinafore AND The Grand Duke at the same time!

The Grand Duke

2.30 on 1st Dec

Forbear! Theatre
£22 (£18 concessions)

The Grand Duke 

By Gilbert and Sullivan
Presented by Forbear! Theatre
Sunday 1st Dec 2.30pm

A theatrical troupe plot to overthrow the miserly Grand Duke of a Bavarian town amongst in-fighting, love-triangles and an overconsumption of sausage rolls.

See Gilbert and Sullivan's lesser known but hilarious and avant-garde operetta, in a production praised by Mike Leigh for its “unique youthful freshness, sophisticated wit and impressive theatrical and musical professionalism."

£4 off if you book BOTH HMS Pinafore AND The Grand Duke at the same time!

Judy, Liza & Barbra

6th and 7th December

Glitter and Twisted

Grace Hawker reinterprets the Garland, Minnelli & Streisand songbooks in this new revue devised by Simon & Suzanne Moss.

Gossipy anecdotes, some funny, some sad, illustrate the lives of three powerhouse women, promising an evening of sensational theatricality. 

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