The Cotswold Playhouse
Comedy Triple Bill
Baroque Theatre Company
Three fast-paced, one act plays giving fun-seeking audiences a full and entertaining evening
Directed by Adam Morley - Produced by Claire Bibby
A Jolly Sinister Jape (by Elliot Strange)
A pastiche 1920's thriller with a plot that defies description. This is Famous Five fun for adults as Stubby, Ophelia, Biffy and Fatty find themselves trapped in a mysterious house during a thunderstorm. Is this someone's idea of a jape? Or is something far more sinister going on? All is revealed in this madcap comedy set in the Roaring Twenties. It's fast and furious with a liberal sprinkling of hilarious period slang, along with mystery and thrills.
(Running time approx 30 minutes)
Last Tango in Little Grimley (by David Tristram)
Membership of the local amateur dramatic society has dwindled to four and the audiences aren't much bigger. If they don't come up with some rent money soon, they're going to be thrown out. Time for dramatic action. "There's only one thing that sells tickets these days" argues Gordon the Chairman. "Sex!" But how will the locals react to the promise of a sizzling sex comedy? All is revealed in this hilarious play and thus begins the chaotic build-up to an evening of extraordinary home-grown drama - an evening the locals would never forget!
(Running time approx 30 minutes)
Last Panto in Little Grimley (by David Tristram)
Sequel to Last Tango in Little Grimley, Last Panto in Little Grimley features the same incompetent characters. Gordon, Margaret, Joyce and Bernard tackle the Christmas Pantomime with predictable riotous results. It's Dick Whittington...but not as you know it! (Running time approx 45 minutes)
Beyond the Horizon
“Why I can smile, and murder while I smile.”
Beyond The Horizon’s critically-acclaimed Richard III returns to the stage in their spectacular, post-apocalyptic adaptation.
England lies battered and scarred by years of conflict. The families of York and Lancaster have made their peace and are attempting to rebuild what remains of their country. But from the ashes of the recently-ended war, Richard of Gloucester rises to wreak more chaos...
Shakespeare's Richard III depicts the rapid rise and fall of one of England's most notorious rulers, through murder, betrayal, and insanity.
“It fizzes with imaginative energy from the get-go ... Stunning” ***** – Theatre Bath
“Theatrical excellence” – the Bath Chronicle
The King and I
15th to 17th and 21st to 24th June. 2.30 matinees on the Saturdays
£13 (£8 under 16)
One of the most iconic and popular musicals from the Golden Age, The King and I offers romance, wit, beautiful and exotic costumes and settings, but above all glorious music. Rodgers and Hammerstein once again weave their magic in classic songs such as ‘Getting to Know You’, ‘Hello, Young Lovers’, ‘Shall We Dance’, and ‘I Whistle a Happy Tune’. Popular with audiences worldwide since its first production on Broadway in 1951, as a vehicle for Gertrude Lawrence in the lead role of Anna, it really made its mark with the 1956 Hollywood film starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. Brynner was to have a very long and distinguished relationship with the role of Mongkut, King of Siam, appearing in the original stage production, the Oscar-winning film and again in a 1977 Broadway revival. Any actor now taking on this role has to step out of Brynner’s slippers and into his own!
Based on the 1944 novel “Anna and the King of Siam” by Margaret Landon, it tells the true story of Anna Leonowens, who became governess to the children of the King of Siam in the early 1860’s. The complex and entertaining relationship between Anna and the King is at the heart of this musical masterpiece, with each being as obstinate as the other. But there is so much more to it than that.
A richly-layered night of music, romance and thought-provoking social situations is guaranteed.
Under Milk Wood
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
“It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobbledstreets silent and the hunched courters'-and-rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboat-bobbing sea...”
“Dylan Thomas’s beautiful, bawdy, affectionate, reckless and deeply original play was justly crowned at its first performance by a storm of cheers.” So wrote The Times on Under Milk Wood’s stage debut.
Set in the fictitious fishing village of Llareggub, this twenty four hour peek into the lives and loves of the likes of Captain Cat, Polly Garter and Willy Nilly has continued to enthral its audiences ever since. With its canvas of nonsense gossip, feuds, affairs, fights, frauds and practical jokes, the play pulses with the vitality and relish of real life characters re-living their dreams and desires.
Come closer now, and enter the world of Under Milk Wood.
“We are not wholly bad or good, who live our lives under Milk Wood.”
9th July at 6.30 pm
Opera Up Close
£12 (£5 under 15)
Olivier-Award winning OperaUpClose present their fun, feisty, family-friendly Ulla’s Odyssey
‘A children’s opera approached with grown-up values’ The Stage
Fourteen-year-old Ulla is attempting to become the youngest person to sail the world single-handedly in her trusty sailing boat ‘The Homer’, with only her cat Binnacle to keep her company as she navigates the high seas.
All is not plain sailing, as our heroine encounters mythical creatures and obstacles on her journey, including Cyops, a one-eyed, over-keen robotic customs official, and Sylla, a dangerous sea creature whose body and mind have been horribly twisted by radioactive rubbish dumped into the ocean.
This new opera is an enchanting nautical fantasy by New Zealand composer Anthony Young and Canadian librettist Leanna Brodie, directed by OperaUpClose’s Associate Director, Valentina Ceschi (The Elixir of Love and Dido & Aeneas) and designed by Faye Bradley (Linbury Prize Finalist 2013). The production originally opened at Kings Place in London, 2015.
Inspired by Homer’s Odyssey and real life teenagers Lara Dekker and Jessica Watson; this show includes live music and puppetry, an inspirational heroine, playful references to classical literature and pop culture, and a strong environmental message.
Suitable for children aged 7+, families and any adult with a sense of fun and wonder.
Workshop run by the cast for children at 2.15 on Sunday July 9th at The Museum in the Park £2.
Free if ticket bought for the show.
As You Like It
Madcap Theatre Productions
by William Shakespeare
After the success of Much Ado about Nothing, Midsummer Nights Dream and more, critically acclaimed MadCap Theatre Productions, return to the Cotswold Playhouse!
Dressed as a man, the exiled Rosalind is ready to begin a new life after escaping her foes in the dead of night. But, when she runs into the love-sick Orlando and joins forces with the colourful inhabitants of the Forest of Arden, who knows? Rosalind’s plans may lead to more than just her own happy ending…
Shakespeare is always made understandable and enjoyable with MadCap’s fun, fast-paced and entertaining staging that combines comedy, music, dance and physicality with the original script.
Critical Acclaim for Previous MadCap Shakespeare Productions:
“A touring production to savour [... ] joyous enthusiasm which lifts the performance of a play you know so well, to another level” Remote Goat
“This is Shakespeare as Shakespeare intended. A joyously energetic performance full of rapid-fire wit and slapstick comedy." Daily Info, Oxford
“A dream of a masterpiece and one that made for a fantastic night of entertainment” Worcester News
“An evening of comedic brilliance. […] Overall, it was a wonderful evening and a wonderful performance!” MadHatter Reviews
The Secret Garden
27th August at 2.30 pm
Blue Orange Theatre
£12 (£6 under 16)
Mary Lennox is a troubled, and unloved 10-year-old girl - born in India to selfish, wealthy British parents, who never wanted her. After being orphaned she is sent to live with her ever absent uncle at the austere Misselthwaite Manor.
As Mary explores the house and grounds she learns of a hidden garden, locked away for over a decade; and hears mysterious crying sounds echoing down the long, hollow corridors of the enormous house.
Frances Hodgson Burnett’s timeless story has enchanted children and adults alike for over a century.
It is both a literal and metaphorical journey from harsh bitterness of the winter into the warmth and beauty of spring and summer.
As the spoilt, taciturn and unloved Mary "comes alive" so does the garden.