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 Three Musketeers

3rd to 6th January at 7.30 pm
6th and 7th Jan at 2.30 pm

Baroque Theatre Company
£12 (£7 under 16) Family £30

The Cotswold Playhouse Christmas Show...


Baroque Theatre Company is proud to present this classic family adventure adapted from Alexandre Dumas' ‘The Three Musketeers!’


Cry ‘All for one and one for all,’ as we join D’Artagnan and his friends Porthos, Athos and Aramis, in their quest against the scheming Cardinal Richelieu. A rip roaring, fast paced, swashbuckling show ideal for families (ages 5+). Inventive stagecraft, witty dialogue and with colourful characters from the novel, this exciting story is brimming with energy and skillful storytelling to keep audiences captivated. In his struggles to join the Musketeers, D’Artagnan must learn that life is not always simple and love never is, but with him all the way are his friends risking all for country and comradeship! There will be action and romance galore in this specially commissioned production.


Suitable for familes and children from 5

Pacifists and Protesters

9th and 10th February at 7.30pm
11th February at 2.30pm

The Gloucester Theatre Company
£12

A two-part presentation featuring A DANGEROUS WOMAN (shortlisted for The Adrian Pagan New Writing Award) followed by a dramatic rendition of the words of poets, pacifists and other protesters.

A DANGEROUS WOMAN.
Derby 1916. On the basis of fabricated evidence, Alice Wheeldon is sentenced to 15 years in prison
for attempting to assassinate the Prime Minister. Her real crime: sheltering young men, avoiding
conscription to the armed forces. Alice's story is a powerful human drama, exposing just how far the British government will go to oppose the freedom of its citizens to oppose war.

For more information on The Gloucester Theatre Company, see: www.thegloucestertheatrecompany.co.uk

Murder on Cue

14th to 17th March

Cotswold Players
£12

Murder on Cue is a murder mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie.  Set in a Retirement Home for aged actors, the residents all know each other and have worked on-stage together over the years.  There are the usual egos found among a group of actors.  Someone is sending poison-pen letters, which is making everyone anxious.  The home is also under threat of closure by the Council, which also adds to the anxiety.


While they are trying to work out who is sending these vicious letters, one of the residents is murdered.  Snow has been falling for a couple of days and the home is cut off.  A visitor to one of the residents has also been stranded, and the staff have called for the police.  But they have not yet arrived.  Question is - who and how and when???

Finding Your Way

23rd March

Fluffypunk and Wood
£10

Two solo shows about finding your way presented by Jonny Fluffypunk and Helen Wood

HOW I CAME TO BE WHERE I NEVER WAS
Jonny Fluffypunk grew up in suburban nowhere. In 1984, he was fifteen. This is a story about trying to find yourself, when you find yourself somewhere you don’t belong. It's about unrequited love, John Peel and the importance of a good record shop. It’s about trains and memory and letting go. This is a new lo-fi, stand-up, spoken word, theatre show for anyone who has ever loved, owned a vinyl record or just been alive.

‘Acute social observation, intricate humour, surreal fantasy, sharp irony and wit.’
The Independent

THE O.S. MAP FAN CLUB
 Join Ordnance Survey enthusiast, Helen Wood, for a humorous exploration of the much-loved, fold-out, paper map. Be led on a fascinating, laughter-filled, virtual ramble and celebrate the simple beauty of Britain’s inspiring national treasure. In this delightful solo comedy you’ll find your way along the ancient byways of sheet no. 168, 4cm to 1km, Explorer map of Stroud, Tetbury and Malmsbury. O.S. fanatics, the O.S. curious and O.S sceptics are all welcome at the O.S. Map Fan Club.

‘Joyful, friendly show steeped in ‘Great British Bake Off’ values.’
Three Weeks

Pygmalion

5th to 7th April

Hexagon Theatre Company
£12

Pygmalion was first performed in 1913 but is just as thought-provoking and funny today.

Eliza Doolittle, a young flower seller, has aspirations to work in a shop. Henry Higgins is a researcher and teacher of phonetics. Colonel Pickering, a specialist in languages. A chance meeting between the three characters results in a wager that Higgins can teach Eliza and pass her off as a duchess.

Pygmalion is an Edwardian study of manners where people's place in society was immediately obvious as soon as you spoke. The men know this and with Higgins' expertise  and Pickering's money (and, of course, Eliza's hard work) they achieve their aim. They enjoy their game, but where does it leave Eliza?

Tapley House

13th April

Our Star Theatre Company
£10

Donnie and Sid are a couple of lazy twenty-something’s, thrown together by fate under the roof of Tapley House. Landlady, Mrs Tapley keeps an unnervingly close eye on them as they stumble through life, dreaming of an extraordinary business plan that will get them rich quick without ever having to get off the sofa. When a new tenant arrives, a dark secret is revealed and all hell breaks loose in the once innocuous House of Tapley.  Jealousy, love and a mysterious old lady, are all thrown together in a mayhem of pre-destination, and Donnie and Sid are the only two available idiots that can save the day.

The Yeomen of the Guard

18th to 22nd April at 7.30
(5pm on the Sunday)

Glitter & Twisted
£12

It is 1953, and as the country gears up for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth, the cast and crew at Oakridge Film Studios prepare to film The Yeomen of the Guard, Gilbert & Sullivan’s most majestic musical, reimagined as a Technicolor movie set in the first Elizabethan age. As we meet the actors who will play the key roles, life starts to imitate art, leading to comedy and tragedy in equal measure.
 
Glitter & Twisted will, as always, be respectful of the original piece, while shining an exciting new light on a Victorian classic. Audiences and critics loved “The Pirates of Penzance” in 2016 and “HMS Pinafore” in 2017:
“Seriously good fun” – Stroud Life
“Wonderfully Engaging” – Cheltenham Echo
 
Performances Wed 18 to Sat 21 April at 7.30pm and Sunday 22 April at 5pm.

Oedipus And Antigone

27th April

Beyond the Horizon
£12

Following their critically-acclaimed 2017 tour of Richard III, Beyond The Horizon present their spectacular reimagining of Sophocles’ greatest works, Oedipus And Antigone.
 
Oedipus is a murder-mystery in its most twisted of forms. Thebes is suffering from a brutal plague. The gods demand that the killer of the old king Laius must be brought to justice. King Oedipus steps forward to uncover the truth, but in doing so reveals a nightmarish prophecy decades in the making…
 
Years later, Antigone tells the story of Oedipus’ children. Eteocles and Polyneices have killed each other fighting for the crown. The State rules that Polyneices be left to rot, while Eteocles is given full burial honours. Whoever disobeys this order will be punished with death. In defiance, Antigone stands alone against the State, challenging the power of the law with the unwritten law of the gods…


Suitable for ages 14+

Twist

4th May

Baroque Theatre Company
£12

David Woods is a mild-mannered accountant who sees a sensational way of making a fortune by writing a kiss-and-tell biography about his bitchy wife Sarah, the nation's favourite actress from the hit soap Doctors and Nurses. He then realises that his book will do even better if she is murdered first! Unfortunately a few obstacles get in his way...

"Twist" is a stylish comedy thriller directed by award-winning Adam Morley.
Presented with echoes of 'Pulp Fiction', it will be edgy, slick and cool. Tarantino meets British farce in the rip-roaring comedy thriller that will have you guessing until the shocking end! This will be the first time "Twist" has been toured professionally in the UK.  We are delighted to be collaborating once again with Miles Tredinnick, having toured with his hilarious "Up Pompeii" in 2014.

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