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

21st November

Ballet Cymru
£17.50 (£12.50 under 18)

Critics Circle Award winning company Ballet Cymru present an extraordinary adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece ‘Romeo a Juliet’ with music by Serge Prokofieff.


Intense fighting, passionate duets and universal themes echo through dramatic and lyrical choreography. Exquisite costumes and extraordinary video projections create a world of danger and excitement where two young lovers are caught in an age old feud.


‘Romeo a Juliet’ is a dynamic and unique collaboration between 3 of Wales’ outstanding arts organisations, Ballet Cymru, Coreo Cymru (The Dance Creative Producer for Wales) and the Riverfront Theatre in Newport.


‘Romeo a Juliet’ features costumes by Georg Meyer-Wiel who studied at The Royal College of Art and has created costumes for some of the world’s leading companies including Rambert Dance Company and Australian Dance Theatre.

Two

25 to 27 November at 8 pm
at Stroud Brewery

Cotswold Players
£10

Jim Cartwright

TWO by Jim Cartwright
This short play is set in a North country pub one winter’s evening in 1989. A bickering landlord and landlady live their lives through the superficial relationships they have with their clientele. This evening a chance meeting gives them a brief opportunity to move on in their lives. The play has humour, poignancy, fear and pleasure in equal
measure.
TWO is the latest in a series of productions that the Players are performing outside the Cotswold Playhouse.


Proceeds will be donated to the Longfield Hospice.
Longfield provides specialist services, 365 days per year, for adults in Gloucestershire affected by life-limiting illness


Note that this production is at Stroud Brewery and NOT at the Cotswold Playhouse

The Dolls of New Albion

30th November

Drama Llama Productions
£12

Paul Shapera

Drama Llama Productions presents Paul Shapers’s critically acclaimed steampunk opera Dolls of New Albion.


Watch the trailer here


The Opera follows four generations of the McAllister family in the fantastical city of New Albion. The story begins when lonely scientist, Annabelle, attempts to revive a dead love by binding his soul into a clockwork doll. Her actions set into motion an escalating series of events which will alter the world around them.


With the passing of generations over time, each key member of McAlistair family makes a crucial and flawed choice motivated by selfish love. The fate of New Albion hangs in the balance of their actions.

There's Nothing There

7th December

Apricity / Black Dog
£12

What is there to do when you’re stuck in a cabin in the middle of the woods? Read a book? Play some Scrabble? Hide from the monsters lurking outside in the dark?


When their holiday becomes a living nightmare, six friends find themselves fighting for their lives. With night closing in and paranoia tightening its grip, even familiar people begin to feel like strangers. When fear twists everything out of recognition, what do you believe? Who can you trust?


Join critically-acclaimed Black Dog Productions and Apricity Theatre for this chilling, heart-stopping new show. Sometimes night is darkest with the lights on.


Running time approx 2 hours including interval

Babes in the Wood

16th to 18th and 23rd to 25th Jan at 7.30pm. Matinees 18th, 19th & 25th at 2.30 pm

Cotswold Players
£13 (£7 under 16)

Babes in The Wood is a traditional pantomime favourite amongst audiences young and old alike. Cotswold Players member, Mark Seaman, will direct his own version of this classic Panto tale at the Playhouse in January 2020.


When Cedric is killed in the Crusades, his brother, the Sheriff of Nottingham, becomes responsible for Cedric’s children, Lilly and Billy, but he is more interested in their inheritance than their welfare and plots to have them killed so he can get his hands on their money.


The children’s carer, Nanny Nora, discovers the Sheriff’s evil plot and she hatches a plan of her own to save the youngsters - but will she be in time? Or will the Sheriff have his wicked way?!
Come and cheer as Nanny Nora, Maid Marion, Robin Hood and his merry men do their best to thwart the Sheriff’s plans and boo as he and his witless servants, Dilbert and Gilbert, attempt to do away with the Babes and get their hands on the children’s fortune!


With plenty of twists and turns and lots of fun and laughter along the way our Pantomime story is guaranteed to put a smile on your face ….. Oh yes it is!

Choice Grenfell

1st February

Kick in the Head
£12

Kick In The Head (Old Herbaceous, Three Men in a Boat & Fagin?) are proud to present a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the loss of the great, unremittingly genteel, comedienne and monologist, Joyce Grenfell.


Choice Grenfell is a wonderful tribute featuring some of the best of Joyce’s hilarious songs and monologues from Stately as a Galleon and School Nativity Play to A Terrible Worrier and First Flight. Joyce is our guide for a delightful delve into some of her most endearing characters, ably accompanied by her trusted pianist William Blezard.


We are delighted that the family of William Blezard have allowed us access to previously unpublished rehearsal recordings and personal letters from Joyce allowing a unique insight into the queen of comediennes.


As Joyce would have said “We request the pleasure of your company”.


With Suzanne Walters as Joyce Grenfell and Andrew D Brewis as William Blezard.


Additional material written by Simon Downing.


 


"tremendously funny and totally on the ball" The Telegraph


 “Andrew Brewis's practical musical prowess, as William Blezard, sitting at the keyboard is masterly. Suzanna Walters gives us the perfect Joyce, of fondest memory, with uncannily accurate facial expressions, movement and posture. Like Joyce herself, the diction is perfect.” Opening Night review


 


Sketches by Joyce Grenfell are presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD, a Concord Theatricals Company.

Savage

6th February

Black Dog Productions
£12

A thief. A good thief, but stealing from the wrong people. 

 

Trapped in a swanky office guarded by hired muscle with no way out, Apollo is given a proposition that will set her and her sister free from their office block prison. If Apollo does what they say, will they truly be set free? Or is this just the beginning? 

 

Business can be cut throat, sometimes literally. 

 

Set in 1980's America, join critically acclaimed Black Dog Productions for their fourth 'Bold and refreshing' newly written play. Savage will be a whirlwind of power struggles, money making and drug fuelled dirty dealings. 

 

Critical praise for Black Dog Productions:

 

***** 'A beautiful play supremely acted' - The Mission (Orphan, 2018)

***** 'A play of supreme excellence and nail biting tension' The Bath Chronicle (Howl, 2016)

***** 'A theatrical gem' Theatre Bath (Howl, 2016)

**** 'Complex and touching' Theatre Bath (Films about Ghosts, 2017) 

'Without question this is a company to look out for' Bath Echo (Orphan, 2019)

'No pins were dropped throughout the performance, I'd have heard them' Theatre Bath (Orphan, 2018)

Nell Gwynn

19th to 21st and 26th to 28th March

Cotswold Players
£12 (£8 under 18)

‘They’ve disgraced our trade. Ruined our art.....They’ve put a woman on the stage!’


Set in 1660s London, Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn is a wonderfully entertaining homage to an extraordinary woman and her remarkable life.


After more than a decade of rigid Puritanical rule, the Monarchy has been restored and the theatre doors are thrown open once again. King Charles II, an avid theatre-goer and notorious seducer, then revolutionises the theatrical world by permitting women on the stage.


From inauspicious roots in a back-street brothel, Nell’s life moves from an orange-seller to becoming one of the first women on stage; to becoming the favourite mistress of King Charles II. Nell’s irreverent and irrepressible spirit brings chaos yet huge success to the Drury Lane Theatre Company. However, can it protect her from the dangers lurking within the newly-restored Royal Court?


Full of comedy, plenty of live music, love and heartache, Nell Gwynn celebrates a life as vivid and colourful as anything fiction could invent!


 


Given the bawdy nature of this show we would advise an age guidance of 12 plus.

Fagin?

4th April

Kick in the Head
£12

Ever wondered how Fagin ended up as one of Dickens' best known characters? Find out who he really was on 4th April.


Fagin? delves deep into the untold story of a well-known criminal from Dickens' beloved novel Oliver Twist. Produced by Kick in The Head, the play offers an insight into Fagin’s own reflection on his life coupled with his true disposition discovered through his conversation with two ghosts.


"All three actors in the roles of Fagin (Keith Hill), Bill (Giles Shenton) and Nancy (Georgia Butt) deliver impeccable performances, thereby managing to develop and maintain a natural atmosphere of a mid-19th Century cockney prison throughout the play. In the centre of it all, the audience is captivated primarily by Fagin’s diverse, manipulative and complex character. His monologues, especially towards the end of each act, paint a picture of greed, selfishness, duplicity and treachery – all features of a skilful dodger, but also cowardice, underlying rage against authority, and perhaps a touch of guilt."


 


 

Illusion/Dillusion

25th April

Hand to Mouth Productions
£10

ILLUSION/DELUSION BY DAVID POLLARD


Is what you see what you get? Or is it all simply a distorted reflection of the truth? And all of it meant to trick or betray? Is everything merely Illusion/Delusion?


Hereford’s touring theatre company Hand to Mouth Productions bring to the stage three new short plays by playwright David Pollard which explore the illusion behind perceptions.


Be prepared to be challenged, disturbed and amazed!


 

Much Ado About Falstaff

3rd July

Kick in the Head
£12

Kick In The Head follow up recent successes with a new play about Sir John Falstaff…a rogue, a philanderer and a glutton, but also one of Shakespeare’s greatest and enduring comic creations. 


In this new play by Simon Downing we find Falstaff, played by Giles Shenton (Old Herbaceous, Three Men in a Boat) in his bedroom in the Boars Head being nursed by Mistress Quickly played by Suzanna Walters (Choice Grenfell).


The creditors arrive demanding payment. Will Falstaff resort to marrying Mistress Quickly in order to pay off his debts? Will he turn teetotal? Will he mellow in his old age? Find out the answers to all these important questions that Shakespeare never bothered to answer and join Falstaff for an evening of jollity, frivolity, a definite lack of coequality and more Shakespearean insults than ever previously heard on a theatrical stage!

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