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

18th, 19th and 24th to 26th Jan at 7.30 pm
20th and 27th at 5 pm

Cotswold Players and Glitter & Twisted

With wonderful songs by Bock & Harnick, the team that created “Fiddler on the Roof”, and a brilliantly written book by Joe Masteroff who wrote “Cabaret”, our January show is the charming musical “She Loves Me”.  Amalia and George hate each other, which is a little awkward as they work in the same parfumerie. What they don’t know is that they have been secretly writing letters to each other and are falling in love by post. As Christmas approaches matters come to a head.

Based on a 1937 Hungarian play, the plot has surfaced on film many times: “The Shop Around the Corner” with James Stewart; “In the Good Old Summertime” with Judy Garland; and “You’ve Got Mail” with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1963 and has been revived a number of times, including hit productions in London and New York in 2016.

“She Loves Me” is rarely produced by amateur groups in the UK, yet is considered by many fans of musical theatre to be one of the best shows ever written. Charming and romantic, without ever being slushy, it is hilariously funny and is a real “feel good” show for all the family.

We are excited to be co-producing this show with Glitter & Twisted Theatre Company, who have brought some fun Gilbert & Sullivan shows to the Playhouse over the past few years. Directors Simon Moss & Suzie Barnes are thrilled to have this chance to share their favourite musical with Stroud, and hope you will soon have the same warm glow that “She Loves Me” brings to them.

A Beckett Quartet: 4 Short Plays by Samuel Beckett

1st to 3rd February at 8.00 pm

Drop of a Hat Theatre Company

To commemorate well-known local actor Trevor T Smith who died in October 2017, Drop of a Hat Theatre Company are performing a quartet of short plays by Samuel Beckett - two of which Trevor was working on in the months before he died.

Spare, poetic and cryptic, Beckett offers a haunting vision of the human condition. For 3 performances only.

Performed by Samuel Rohwer, Rosie Mason, Elle Holliday, Jessie Dawson and Adam Fotheringham.'

Same Time Next War

6th to 9th February at 7.30 pm
Matinees at 2.30 on 7th and 9th

Brandywine Theatre Company

SAME TIME NEXT WAR by Christopher Denys

The people of Stroud who were old enough to be involved in the war of 1914, ‘Kept the Home Fires Burning’ while their younger men folk lived and died in the trenches. Emerging four years later into what was widely advertised as ‘a Land Fit for Heroes’ they resolutely ‘Looked For The Silver Lining’ through two decades of mass unemployment before Germany, demanding a rematch, again threatened the peace of Europe. So they “Kept Smiling Through’ the years of terror, air-raids, rationing and unprecedented bloodshed until they emerged at last - joyful but bewildered - into the dawning of our modern world.

Using the words and memories of real people and peppered with the songs which they sang to cheer themselves along, ‘SAME TIME NEXT WAR’ views a world turned upside down through the eyes of a close-knit Stroud family. But while directly concerned with our own locality, it is intended as a tribute to all the people of that generation and the sacrifices which they made to ensure the future which we enjoy today.

The Importance of Being Earnest

12th to 16th March

Cotswold Players

Oscar Wilde

“Why all these cups? Why cucumber sandwiches? Why such reckless extravagance in one so young? Who is coming to tea?”
So, does Jack Worthing quiz Algernon Moncrieff when visiting him at his flat in Half-Moon Street, London. It is the first of several encounters marked by ruses and deceptions as the two friends amorously pursuit two eligible young society ladies, the Hon. Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. There are obstacles in the way of their ambitions however, not the least of which are Gwendolyn’s formidable mother, Lady Bracknell, and the name Ernest.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s delightful comedy, takes us back to a time of elegance and fine manners – peppered with a little deception here and there.

Rebellious Sisterhood

23rd March

Broad Horizons
£12 (Concessions £11)

Karen Forbes

Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst is not a well woman. Recently released from prison, her hunger strike has left her weak and debilitated. 1913 has not been an easy year. Family arguments threaten scandal. Financially embarrassed and living out of a suitcase, she is terrified at the prospect of being returned to prison. The only sanctuary is with her friend, the composer, Ethel Smyth. But Ethel's love for Emmeline is about to be challenged by the arrival of young firebrand, Grace Roe, fresh from turning East Anglia into a hotbed of Suffragette protest.

This exciting play takes a rare glimpse behind the scenes at the private lives and the personal cost paid by the leaders of the Suffragettes.


29th March

Beyond the Horizon

‘As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.’

The critically-acclaimed Beyond The Horizon present their haunting, twisted reimagining of Franz Kafka’s absurd tale.

One morning, Gregor wakes up and doesn’t feel quite right. He soon realises that – seemingly for no reason whatsoever – he has been cursed with an affliction unlike any other. Before long the metamorphosis takes hold of his mind and his loved ones, transforming their love for him into disgust and his love for them into torment.

Beyond The Horizon take advantage of state-of-the-art makeup and prosthetic effects to present Gregor’s transformation in exquisite, ultra-realistic detail, in a journey that will both transfix and chill audiences to their core.

Now Here’s a Funny Story!

6th April

Funny Story Productions

Now Here's a Funny Story! by Mitch Feral
Starring Miss Airlie Scott and Mr Tommy Parsons

Directed by Jan Hunt of BBC Televisions' The Good Old Days Fame and Paper Moon Theatre Company.

A jaunty romp through the history of the Golden age of Music Hall, often delving into its dark underbelly.

Experienced music hall artists, TOMMY PARSONS and AIRLIE SCOTT take you on a musical journey from the very beginnings of music hall through to its 1890s heyday with the likes of Marie Lloyd and Champagne Charlie, onto wartime jingoism and the cross-dressing Vesta Tilley of the Great War. Not just drunken toffs, risqué sexuality, homelessness, decadence and war casualties across the Empire... but plenty of booze and sing along songs as well!

Written by MITCH FERAL Winner of The Offcut Festival Short Play Award ‘Inspiring musical’
Three Weeks on Mitch Feral’s Street Cries
Directed by JAN HUNT of BBC Television’s The Good Old Days.

"Excellent entertainment with appeal for everyone....amusing, touching, rowdy" Brian Dazley Max Miller Appreciation Society.
****"a decidedly upbeat....whistlestop singalong history tour..." AllEdinburghTheatre.com Review


12th April at 7 pm

Opera Anywhere

Together with the very generous support of The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Opera Anywhere are delighted to be bringing you our new show of ‘Patience’.

Patience by Gilbert & Sullivan

Patience is a high-spirited tale full of misplaced desires. There’s Reginald Bunthorne, the rakish, sulky ‘so-called’ poet with whom all the village maidens are besotted. Unbeknownst to them however is the fact that he doesn’t even like poetry and not only that, they find, he’s in love with Patience the milkmaid! Now Patience only has eyes for Archibald, a real poet who is just a little too perfect to marry. Meanwhile, a regiment of Dragoon Guards arrive perplexed to find the village maidens, who they were due to marry, very much disinterested. Oh dear! Will everyone find their wished-for suitor? Join us for this lively operetta that playfully pits the strict morals of the Victorian era against the passionate indulgences of 1870s Aestheticism. 

“Great production. Act one finale is my favourite G and S moment. I shed a tear or two in the sextet. Well done”. – David Martin, Patience, Lewes, Dec 2018

“That was a great show and in great seats all thanks to you, we didn’t really know “Patience” but it was terrific . . Many thanks again for a wonderful evening” – David Crafts, Patience, Lewes, Dec 2018

“I just wanted to thank you for a fabulous evening at Waterperry Gardens . I love G&S and these days its hard to find productions. We came across this by chance when we visited the gardens a couple of weeks before. It was a tremendous performance, well sung and acted, truly a super evening”  – Alison Wisbeach, audience member, Patience, Waterperry Gardens, July 2018

Old Herbaceous

13th April

Kick in the Head

Described as “Downton Abbey with gardening tips”, Old Herbaceous is the humorous love story of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants and is a charming one man play which has entranced sell-out audiences all around the country over the last two years.

An acute and sometimes hilarious observation of relationships between the classes in a simpler age, Old Herbaceous is sprinkled with witticisms and epithets. The evening blossoms into tender humour, much in the traditionally understated English style of the early 20th century.

As Old Herbaceous, renowned actor Giles Shenton truly lives the part of the legendary Head Gardener, Herbert Pinnegar, inviting you to feel included in a private chat from a bygone, comforting age. Keeping you engrossed, amused and emotionally engaged from start to finish, Old Herbaceous will leave you with a feeling that, perhaps, all’s right with the world.

“What exactly was the factor that kept the audience riveted to Giles Shenton’s performance? He draws us into his world from his first entrance...and we are held entranced from start to finish....it is a nostalgic, quietly satisfying evening spent with someone who creates an instant rapport with the audience, drawing us into his world and making the characters in it so real you feel you have known them forever." Edinburgh Fringe Review

“Reminiscent of going down to the allotment with your grandad…..a wonderful, wonderful evening” BBC Radio Lincolnshire


26th April

Black Dog/Beyond the Horizon

'I never had a chance. They'd made up their mind about me from the moment they opened that door and found me bawling on the step.'

Black Dog Productions in association with Beyond The Horizon present Orphan, a new play from “the bold, refreshing voice” of Russell Eccleston.

A small town in Georgia: a nameless Orphan returns to the place where he was raised hoping that he can cauterise the wound that has been festering in him since he was a child. His friend Patience is brought along, on the grounds that she might find some sense of closure. When they bump into their old Caretaker who has information about their dark past, Orphan’s true motives start to become clear and Patience begins to lose control. Are sins ever forgiven? Or do sins simply beget more sins?

Originally produced by Black Dog Productions in 2018 to huge audience and critical acclaim, Orphan will leave you questioning the true meaning of ‘family’.

Death and the Maiden

4th May

Baroque Theatre Company

Ariel Dorfman

The award winning London smash hit play and subsequent feature film DEATH AND THE MAIDEN is revived in this exclusive tour by Baroque Theatre Company. Gripping high drama, with great intensity, this is a unique and first-rate thriller.

Set in an unnamed country that is emerging from a totalitarian dictatorship, the play explores the after effects of repression on hearts and souls in vivid and compelling style. Paulina Escobar's husband Gerardo is to head an investigation into past human rights abuses. Pauline is convinced that the powerful and charismatic Dr. Miranda supervised her abuse as a political prisoner. 

Conflict ensues as their lives cross paths and Pauline, gun in hand, captures the Doctor and puts him on trial, Escobar doesn't know whether to believe his distraught wife or his persuasive new friend. This is an enthralling, intellectual and emotional tug of war with the human psyche laid bare.

Age Guidance 16+ (contains mature themes, graphic/offensive language)    

Winter Hill

9th to 11th May

Hexagon Theatre Company

Timberlake Wertenbaker

There are big plans for Winter Hill, and work has already begun on a fabulous new building. But is it a boon for the local economy or a reckless, destructive folly? And why is this group of women gathered here at dusk to discuss female heroism? Is it a book club debate or a revolution in the making?

Darkness is falling. Someone is going to die.

First performed in 2017 at The Octagon Theatre Bolton, Timberlake Wertenbaker's new play examines crucial contemporary issues of female agency and the limits of political action.

The Canterbury Tales

4th July

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

The Canterbury Tales
by Geoffrey Chaucer

A colourful cast of characters set off for Canterbury, competing to tell their tales of love, lust, adventure and chivalry. Brimming with verve and energy, Chaucer’s well-loved stories are brought beautifully and vividly alive by the students from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

All of medieval life is here, with the wide range of social strata rubbing shoulders as the Miller, the Steward and the Wife of Bath (among others) all have their tales to tell. 

The Canterbury Tales is a touchstone of English literature and has delighted readers for centuries.

Given the bawdy nature of the show, we would advise an age guidance of 14+

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