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

14th to 16th and 20th to 23rd June at 7.30 - Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

Cotswold Players

Guys and Dolls is a musical, romantic comedy involving some unlikely New York couples: a high-rolling gambler and a beautiful missionary, a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap-game manager who is not an organiser!  Set in the Manhattan of Damon Runyon’s short stories, the show tells of Nathan Detroit’s efforts to find a new place to hold his illegal, but notorious, crap-game. When the police find out about their chosen venue, Nathan quickly has to find a new home for the game but he doesn’t have the dough to secure the only place he can find.

Enter Sky Masterson, a gambler willing to take on any honest bet with a high enough reward. Nathan bets Sky that he can’t take a ‘doll’ chosen by Nathan on a date to Havana, Cuba. When Sky agrees to the bet, Nathan chooses the straight-laced Sergeant Sarah Brown, head of Broadway’s Save-a-Soul Mission. Sky thinks he’s been duped but is in for a big surprise when his efforts to charm Sarah are so successful that he falls in love with her!  

Guys and Dolls takes us from the bustle of Times Square, to the dance clubs of Havana, to the sewers of New York City demonstrating the lengths to which a guy will go when he truly falls in love with a ‘doll’. There are gamblers and showgirls plus a smart policeman in this lively and exuberant show and the music is full of Frank Loesser’s wonderful tunes like ‘Adelaide’s Lament’ and ‘I’ve Never Been in Love Before’, the classic ‘Luck Be a Lady’ and of course ‘Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat’…. and many more!

The Mill on the Floss

29th June

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

The Mill on the Floss
By George Eliot - Adapted by Helen Edmundson
Directed by Paul Clarkson

“They had entered the thorny wilderness, and the golden gates of their childhood had for ever closed behind them.”

In this fluid and visceral re-imagining, Helen Edmundson (Queen Anne, Coram Boy, The Heresy of Love) turns George Eliot's unforgettable story of first love, sibling rivalry and regret into a wonderfully theatrical examination of the psyche of one of classic literature’s most charismatic heroines.

Brought up at Dorlcote Mill, Maggie Tulliver worships her brother Tom and is desperate to win the approval of her parents, but her passionate, wayward nature and her fierce intelligence bring her into constant conflict with her family.

As she reaches adulthood, the clash between their expectations and her desires is painfully played out as she finds herself torn between her relationships with three very different men: her proud and stubborn brother Tom; hunchbacked Phillip Wakem, the son of her family's worst enemy; and the charismatic yet dangerous Stephen Guest.

With its poignant portrayal of sibling relationships, The Mill on the Floss is considered George Eliot's most autobiographical novel and here Edmundson loses none of its breadth, whilst beautifully examining the complex nature of relationships and love.


7th September 2018

Opera Anywhere

Set in Japan, The Mikado presents a tangled web of love. Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado, flees in search of his true love, YumYum, to avoid marrying a much older suitor. Yum-Yum, however, is betrothed to Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, against her will.

Things, as you can see, are complicated! But can everything be righted before someone loses their head?

Expect high jinx, lots of energy and clever wordplay as all is revealed

For a 10 minute preview on YouTube click here

Anne Boleyn

20th to 24th November

Cotswold Players

“Why is it that all we do in the name of God is always exactly the same as what we need to do in our own self-interest?”

A celebration of a great English heroine, Anne Boleyn dramatises the life and legacy of Henry VIII’s notorious second wife, who helped change the course of the nation’s history.
Traditionally seen as either the pawn of an ambitious family manoeuvred into the King’s bed or as a predator manipulating her way to power, Anne – and her ghost – are seen in a very different light in Howard Brenton’s epic play.

Rummaging through the dead Queen Elizabeth’s possessions upon coming to the throne in 1603, King James I finds alarming evidence that Anne was a religious conspirator, in love with Henry VIII but also with the most dangerous ideas of her day. She comes alive for him, a brilliant but reckless young woman confident in her sexuality, whose marriage and death transformed England for ever.

Edith in the Dark

1st December

Baroque Theatre Company

Philip Meeks

Baroque Theatre Company presents this journey into the disturbing, dark and supernatural imaginings of celebrated children's author Edith Nesbit. (The Railway Children, Five Children and It).
One night in her attic writing room with her housekeeper and a mysterious guest she reads them a story, not one of her cherished children’s tales, but one of her terrifying early horror stories.
As the tales unfold it becomes clear all is not what it seems…Someone in the attic is hiding a deadly secret.

Edith in the Dark is a haunting Christmas drama; a glimpse into the nightmarish inner world of an author whose reputation for cosy childhood innocence is only half the story.

Highly original” THE GUARDIAN
A superbly written new play… a devilishly good idea” THE STAGE
A delicate balance of tongue-in-cheek and heart-in-mouth” THE PUBLIC REVIEWS

A Child's Christmas in Wales

4th December

Ballet Cymru
£16 (£12.50 under 18)

Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas In Wales

Ballet Cymru presents a timeless interpretation of the Dylan Thomas classic A Child’s Christmas In Wales with music by Mason Neely and Wales’ own icon, Cerys Matthews. Step into the imagination of a genius and follow us on a journey through snow, cats and melancholy.

Featuring choreography by Creative Wales Award winner Darius James and Amy Doughty, and evocative, eloquent costumes, Ballet Cymru bring to life this timeless story using the company’s unique blend of classical technique and storytelling.

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