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 Government Inspector

17th, 18th and 23rd to 25th November

Cotswold Players
£12

With its dazzling blend of preposterous and colourful characters, Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector is one of the great comedy classics. This timeless masterpiece has lost none of its bite -  and none of its relevance.


The year is 1836. In a small, obscure town in Tsarist Russia corruption is rife; the Mayor, his family and a bunch of dysfunctional town bureaucrats have got it made. News that an undercover government inspector is coming to inspect their town shatters their peace and they panic! And with good reason! Mistaking a mysterious stranger for the powerful inspector, they clamour to ingratiate themselves with him. Bribery, backhanders and skilled sycophancy abound. This simple case of mistaken identity swiftly leads to rather unexpected results!


Gogol exposes the corrupt - ridicules the pomposity and unbridled greed of those in power- holds a mirror up to a society obsessed with status and appearances – all with the full vigour of his outlandish humour. Some things never go out of fashion!

The Light Princess

30th November

Ballet Cymru
£17 (£12.50 under 18)

A new full length ballet for 2017 with a new score by brilliant Welsh harpist, composer and recording artist Catrin Finch in collaboration with The Riverfront Theatre in Newport, The Light Princess is the lightest and brightest dance event of the year. 


Using elements of circus and outstanding classical choreography the story draws inspiration from Sleeping Beauty, telling the story of a princess afflicted by a constant weightlessness, unable to get her feet on the ground, until she finds a love that brings her down to earth. 


Featuring ground breaking video projections and stunningly vibrant costumes The Light Princess will transport you to a world of laughter, beauty and wonder. 


George MacDonald’s quirky and timeless tale  takes on a new life, interpreted in dance by some of
the finest dancers in the world to the haunting and lyrical music of Catrin Finch.

Hervey

8th December

bada
£12

Hervey at the court of George II...
1737 is a bad year for the royal family. King George II and Queen Caroline loathe their son and heir, the Prince of Wales; and the Prince of Wales loathes them back, with interest.
Fanning the flames of this bitter feud is the Queen's Vice-Chamberlain, the witty and vicious Lord Hervey, whose uninhibited reminiscences provide a wickedly entertaining picture of Georgian life-at-the-top.


"A witty and stylish production... AP Waxkirsh brings Lord Hervey to life in a truly accomplished peice of theatre."
Susannah Mayor, The National Trust - Barn Theatre - Smallhythe Place

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)

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???

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