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CFF24: From Page to Stage

CFF24: From Page to Stage

This event will take place in the Montpellier Room. Please note to get to this room there are stairs.


CFF24: From Page to Stage


An acting workshop to explore the playful, the physical and the emotive elements of acting and bringing a piece of text to life. A group workshop for adults to rediscover a youthful energy to acting, applying elements of different practitioners, playing with text, physical, energetic work and having fun for a couple of hours and hopefully learning new techniques and approaches to our craft.


Event Length: 3 hours



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Thursday 23 May 20241:00pm Book Now

CFF24: Budgens and Dragons LIVE! - A D&D Parody Adventure

CFF24: Budgens and Dragons LIVE! - A D&D Parody Adventure
This event will be taking place in the Green Room bar.

CFF24: Budgens and Dragons LIVE! - A D&D Parody Adventure

Budgens & Dragons is an unfair, actual play comedy D&D parody podcast with an extremely simple goal: go to the Budgens and buy a scratch card for Mother ... the catch is, everything in this game can (and will) kill your players. Once everyone dies the game resets and you have to start again - with zero knowledge of previous loops allowed.

Set in Faringdon, Oxfordshire; players can choose to play as literally anything they can think of - from stabby sausages to fed up babysitters; even the King of the Monsters himself - Godzilla. (It did not end well)

With the DM's goal of making sure the players DON'T complete the task, this back and forth, incredibly chaotic and, quite frankly, very stupid game is D&D like you've never seen it before.

So join Eddie O'Keeffe and a revolving cast of players in this adventure across an obscure market town where absolutely nothing will go wrong at all, promise.

(WARNING: Show will contain swearing and descriptions of comic violence. No actual performers will be in danger)

Event Length: 1 hour

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Thursday 23 May 20245:00pm Book Now
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Sunday 26 May 20246:00pm Book Now

CFF24: PIE CORBETT: Storytelling & Poetry Performance

CFF24: PIE CORBETT: Storytelling & Poetry Performance

This event will be taking place in the Auditorium.


CFF24: PIE CORBET: Storytelling & Poetry Performance


Pie Corbett is an English educational trainer, writer, author and poet who has written more than two hundred books.


He is now best known for creating the Talk for Writing approach to learning, which is widely used within UK primary schools.


Pie has lived in Gloucestershire for years and his own children have performed at The Cheltenham Playhouse, so he is thrilled to take part in the newly established Cheltenham Fringe Festival with a session on storytelling and poetry performance!


Event Length: 1 hour


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Thursday 23 May 20246:00pm Book Now

CFF24: Unseen

CFF24: Unseen
This event will be taking place in the Green Room bar.

CFF24: Unseen

A Two person play about personal cast struggles with adenomyosis and endometriosis. Going into accounts of struggle with a health system that does not listen to women and a health system that lacks in research, specialism and treatment for the women who suffer these conditions. A thought provoking, sometimes humorous and challenging biographical play that explores what it is like to live through constant chronic pain and still be a mother, still have a career and live life to the full. 

Event Length: 40 mins

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Thursday 23 May 20247:00pm Book Now
Friday 24 May 20247:00pm Book Now

CFF24: The Gloucester Comedy Carful

CFF24: The Gloucester Comedy Carful

This event will be taking place in the Green Room Bar.


CFF24: The Gloucester Comedy Carful


Four middle aged, male, working class stand up comedians from the same geographical area performing an hour of material using the widest possible variety of style and subject matter.


Event Length: 50 mins



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Thursday 23 May 20248:30pm Book Now

CFF24: Make Your Own Pocket Amulet

CFF24: Make Your Own Pocket Amulet
This event will be taking place in the Green Room bar.

CFF24: Make Your Own Pocket Alter

Join local textiles artist and professional costume designer Katie Taylor in a craft workshop where we will make our own pocket altar, a miniature, foldable textile altar. Using the magic of hand crafting, we will weave our intentions in using iconography, symbols, charms, embroidery and embellishments. Whether your altar is for a religious purpose or as a tribute to a zodiac sign, season, element or person, you can use them to manifest, for protection or as a lucky charm. The workshop will begin with forming a design idea - perhaps this is a colour palette, or a part of nature you would like to honour, or a person who means dearly to you. We will then move onto selecting our base fabrics, cutting, sewing and patching the fabrics together to form the base of the altar. Once this is sewn (glue can be used for less confident sewers!) we will begin to think about what decoration we would like to weave into the cloth, whether it be hand-embroidered symbols, pictures of the sun/moon etc. Finally, we will attach a button and loop for the closure, and your altar will be ready to take away with you! Beginner sewers welcome, all materials provided.

Event Length: 2.5 hours

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Friday 24 May 20241:00pm Book Now

CFF24: How Darling!

CFF24: How Darling!
This event will be taking place in the Auditorium.

CFF24: How Darling!

Welcome to my lover's den. Come in, come relax while I serenade you and entertain with tantalising performances, I really do hope you make it out alive. Let me tell you the tales of my past, present and future lovers, and help you find love along the way, if you're lucky!
The debut solo show from Killya Darling, Drag Queen, featuring a mix of emotive live singing, sizzling lip syncs and seductive drag-burlesque numbers.
Grab your lovers, fancies, friends and come into my world of love, heart break and sweet, sweet revenge.

A 60 minute one drag queen show with a follow through plot and featured performances.

Event Length: 1 hour

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Friday 24 May 20246:00pm Book Now

CFF24: Cheltenham Comedy Royale

CFF24: Cheltenham Comedy Royale
This event will take place in the Auditorium

CFF24: Cheltenham Comedy Royale

Having travelled all the way from Cheltenham to attend the Cheltenham Fringe, join Comic Sans Script (Cheltenham’s longest running improv troupe) for a night of fast paced, on the spot comedy and some classic “Whose line is it anyway?” style games! 

Featuring UK improv Smackdown finalists, watch Comic Sans Script’s house team battle it out, creating scenes and games based entirely on audience suggestions until a winner is crowned!

All Ages show

Event Length: 1 hour

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Friday 24 May 20247:45pm Book Now

CFF24: Jane Puts Her Finger On It

CFF24: Jane Puts Her Finger On It
This event will be taking place in the Montpellier Room. Please note to get to this room there are stairs. 

CFF24: Jane Puts Her Finger On It

Jane Moss, mindfulness tutor, psychic, entrepreneur, faith healer and medium has accidentally been booked in to do a presentation about her new retail venture which she intends to open in an ex-branch of Ladbroke's in Gloucestershire. Norman Colclough, the hapless chair of the local trade of commerce, arranged the booking not realising that there was a Fringe Festival on.

Event Length: 55 mins

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Friday 24 May 20247:45pm Book Now
Saturday 25 May 20247:45pm Book Now
Sunday 26 May 20247:45pm Book Now

CFF24: Fantasy Pigeon

CFF24: Fantasy Pigeon
This event will be taking place in the Green Room Bar.

CFF24: Fantasy Pigeon

Ahead of his run of stand-up shows starting at the end of 2024 across the UK, Welsh comic Callum Lee warms up with all new material, heard for the first time ever right here at Cheltenham Fringe Festival 2024! Laugh along with Callum as he shares how he is willingly losing his grip on reality, choosing to spend most of his time immersed in the fantasy worlds of tabletop roleplaying games such as "Dungeons & Dragons" and hear the hilarious stories of how bizarre and awkward interactions with "pigeons" help inspire him to do what he enjoys most. This show contains adult themes and strong language. 

ADMITTANCE 18+ ONLY.

Event Length: 1 hour

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Saturday 25 May 20242:00pm Book Now

CFF24: Box of Frogs Children’s Show

CFF24: Box of Frogs Children’s Show
This event will be taking place in the Auditorium.

CFF24: Box of Frogs Children’s Show

Suitable for 7 year olds and upwards, this comedy show takes suggestions from the audience to inspire improvised songs, games and sketches to create a fun and spontaneous show to delight a young audience.

Event Length: 1 hour

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Saturday 25 May 20242:30pm Book Now

CFF24: Super Normal

CFF24: Super Normal
This event will be taking place in the Auditorium.

CFF24: Super Normal

The UK’s premier team of Superheroes have suddenly lost their superpowers. Forced to attend 'Normal Club', at the local Job Centre, they must learn how to reintegrate into society by way of a government scheme.

Event Length: 45 mins

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Saturday 25 May 20244:15pm Book Now

CFF24: Debris

CFF24: Debris
This event will be taking place in the Auditorium.

CFF24: Debris

What happens to families when booze is to blame? 
Debris is a new play by Cheltenham writer Alex Viveash looking at what it's like to be the grown-up child of an alcoholic, and the things we go through for love. Mack sees the world through a half-empty pint glass, forever living in the past while trying to navigate a modern world where the "giro"  just doesn't cut it. When his daughter Emma visits unexpectedly, their already fractious relationship is put to the test. This intimate two-hander invites the audience into the “bijou, yet tastefully decorated in the tenant’s own unique style” catastrophe that is Mack’s flat to witness the role reversal that takes place when the bottle is to blame. 

Described as a "dark, quietly witty" play about love, lies and drinking. 

Event Length: 1 hour

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Saturday 25 May 20246:00pm Book Now
Sunday 26 May 20244:15pm Book Now

CFF24: Box of Frogs

CFF24: Box of Frogs
This event will take place in the Auditorium.

CFF24: Box of Frogs

We are  Birmingham's premier Improv company who perform comedy improv games and improvised songs based on audience suggestions along the lines of Who's Line is it Anyway.  We perform monthly in Birmingham at 1000 Trades, but have toured through rural touring and played The Glee Club in Birmingham.  Our shows are high energy comedy improv that will have you laughing in the aisles!

Event Length: 1 hour

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Saturday 25 May 20247:45pm Book Now

CFF24: Heritage Hour with Matt Nolan

CFF24: Heritage Hour with Matt Nolan
This event will take place in the Auditorium.

CFF24: Heritage Hour with Matt Nolan

Join Matt as he takes you on a history romp of The Cheltenham Playhouse on the main stage! Curated by Paul Scott and delivered by Matt Nolan, it's sure to be an interesting, insightful and a damn right entertaining hour! 

If you've managed to be on one of our popular tours with Matt, you'll be able to dive deeper (pardon the pun) into our rich history and learn more about the characters along the way!

Supported by fascinating facts, incredible photos and anecdotes galore, this is not to be missed!

Matt will kindly be donating all ticket proceeds to the Cheltenham Playhouse. If you wish to donate a larger amount this option is available when choosing tickets.

Event Length: 1 hour

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Sunday 26 May 202411:30am Book Now

CFF24: Capture the Flag!

CFF24: Capture the Flag!

This event will be taking place in the Green Room.


CFF24: Capture the Flag!


Capture the Flag! is an original musical created by Megan Faye Hanson.

With Book & Lyrics by Megan Faye Hanson and Music by Taekkeun Sim.


Capture the Flag! centres around a group of college friends and their annual game of Capture the Flag. A tale of fun, friendship and grief, Capture the Flag! shows us what it’s like to grow up, grow apart and come together again.


Event Length: 1 hour


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Sunday 26 May 202412:00pm Book Now

CFF24: Rituals in Performance

CFF24: Rituals in Performance
This event will be taking place in the Montpellier Room. Please note to get to this room there are stairs. 

CFF24: Rituals in Performance: The Art of Call and Response, and Games in Theatre

This workshop will be an exploration into the games and rituals we play in the process and in the completion of work in theatre. Specifically looking at how different cultures use call and response and other techniques/games to create moments of drama and relationships between actors and characters that create what we know to be Theatre. Come with me to explore those experiences, and we’ll try to create moments together.

Any donations made will go directly to the Playhouse.

Event Length: 2hrs

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Sunday 26 May 20241:30pm Book Now

CFF24: Word Salad

CFF24: Word Salad
This event will be taking place in the Auditorium.

CFF24: Word Salad

Welcome to the game of Word Salad.  A game where there are lots of words, they all mean different things, and then they all mean different things again.

A competition where we use normal words, we mix them up, and then when we use them again, they aren’t normal anymore.

These three contestants are all trying to win, but none of them know what the rules of the game are or what they are playing for.  


Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.

A new play about narcissism and the game of word salad. 

New writing. Original music. For the ages of 12 plus.

Event Length: 50 mins

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Sunday 26 May 20246:00pm Book Now

Belle (12)

Belle (12)

The Eclectic Cinema Presents:


Belle (12)

Japan | 2021

Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda

Starring:


This film, whose full title is Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess is loosely based on the story of Beauty and the Beast, updated to the age of social media. It’s directed by Mamoru Hosoda, who also directed our last anime screening – The Girl Who Leapt through Time.


Suzu is a shy high-school student in rural Japan, who has given up on her previous passion for writing and singing songs, following the death of her mother. She’s persuaded to enrol in a virtual world called U, where her avatar, known as Belle, becomes a rising star as a singer. The narrative shows how the real and virtual worlds can work together, so that Suzu can overcome adversity in the real world, but only with the help of Belle in the virtual one.


The film has become highly regarded in anime circles and, apparently, received a fourteen-minute standing ovation after its premier at the Cannes Film Festival in 2021. Not quite an anime musical, it’s anime with lots of music, and anime for all the family.

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Monday 27 May 20247:30pm Book Now

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest
When two Victorian gentlemen assume the name of ‘Earnest’ to win the affections of two ladies, both determined to marry a man of that name, the scene is set. Join Rain or Shine Theatre Company for an evening of hilarious confusion in a world of handbags, perambulators, cucumber sandwiches, muffins, butlers, the English upper class, and of course, that theatrical tour de force – Lady Bracknell!


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Friday 31 May 20247:30pm Book Now
Saturday 1 Jun 20242:30pm Book Now
Saturday 1 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now

Ed Wood (15)

Ed Wood (15)

The Eclectic Cinema Presents:


Ed Wood (15)

USA | 1994

Directed by: Tim Burton

Starring: Johnny Depp | Martin Landau | Sarah Jessica Parker


Edward D. Wood Jr. is reputed to have directed some of the worst films of all time. This may be true (I’ve seen a few of them), but his story is interesting and Tim Burton has created a very funny docu-drama about the career of this filmmaker, who brought us such gems as Glen or Glenda, Bride of the Monster and Plan 9 from Outer Space during the 1950s. Wood’s ambitious ideas soared way beyond his talent or financial resources. The films he produced were necessarily low budget, and Wood found ingenious ways of keeping costs down. But he also befriended the ailing and all-but-forgotten Bela Lugosi – star of the 1930s Dracula films – and included him in several of his own productions. The relationship between Wood and Lugosi is quite touching.


Johnny Depp does a fine job in the title role, apparently relishing the chance to play another eccentric character, complete with opportunities to dress-up. Martin Landau does a realistic take on Lugosi, and he got an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1995. The film also includes reconstructions of several parts of Wood’s films. Even so, the production values, though dialled down, don’t quite reach the depths of the originals!


Ed Wood cost US$18 million to make and did not recover this at the box office. Nevertheless, it has become something of a cult classic and Tim Burton himself regards it as one of his best films.


An unusual film in being both funny and informative.


Book Tickets

Monday 3 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now

An Overweening Rogue Or, ‘Malvolio between the Sheets'

An Overweening Rogue Or, ‘Malvolio between the Sheets'

Sallie Taylor - keeping the memory of Chapel Art alive

 

Edward Derbyshire presents:

 

An Overweening Rogue Or, ‘Malvolio between the Sheets’


Christopher Malvolio always dreamt of being a scholar and a playwright. Unfortunately, although he studied hard at his books, even gaining a place at Cambridge University at the tender age of 16, he was destined to enter service with the Lady of the Big House in the City, Olivia Anuliaurei. Nonetheless,

Christopher secretly continued his studies at night, by candlelight, though never under the covers. He was a serious young man, devoted to literature and music. Puritanical by nature, he controlled his wilder side until one stormy night when, outside the local tavern, he came across a letter addressed to him,

in which the Lady Olivia seemingly declared her love. Always one for an academic puzzle, the cryptic letter opened his heart and fired his ambitions in love. No longer was he to be the reserved, tee-totalling, critical Christopher of the past! Love conquers all…


Much of this is a story you may know. Join Malvolio on his tragicomic journey as he narrates how it all began, introduces you to some of his favourite live piano music, shows off his favourite colour and, against all the odds, has the final say…


Edward Derbyshire is an actor, director, examiner and teacher. His passion is for telling stories in words and music. In 2005, Edward founded the Gloucestershire Youth Players (www.gyptheatre.org), the UK’s only touring youth theatre performing solely Shakespeare. Edward is now pursuing a solo performance career, alongside his other professional work.



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Tuesday 4 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now

Steve Knight - Elvis

Steve Knight - Elvis

Entertaining crowds from coast to coast, Steve knight embodies the spirit and energy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll himself - Elvis Presley. With uncanny vocal prowess, dynamic stage presence, and uncanny resemblance, Steve has mesmerized audiences with electrifying performances that transport spectators back to the golden age of rock music. From Las Vegas to London Steve has captured the hearts of fans worldwide, earning a reputation as the most captivating and believable Elvis impersonator in the business. Prepare to be all shook up as Steve backed by his full band takes you on a musical journey through the hits that defined a generation.


The Bar will be open from 6:45pm, the show will start at 7:30pm.

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Friday 7 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now
Saturday 8 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now

Fight Club (15)

Fight Club (15)

The Eclectic Cinema Presents:


Fight Club (15)

USA | 1999

Directed by: David Fincher

Starring: Brad Pitt | Edward Norton | Helena Bonham Carter | Meatloaf


There seems so much to say about Fight Club, but we all (probably) know the first rule of Fight Club. It was a hugely expensive film, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, writer of ‘transgressional’ fiction. It has been compared with other rebellious films like Rebel Without a Cause and The Graduate. This one was the film for Generation X (born 1965 to 1980). On its release, it divided the critics and did not do hugely well at the box office. Once released on DVD, though, it found a following, and greater commercial success. Ten years after its first release The New York Times called it the ‘defining cult movie of our time’.


The unnamed narrator of the story (Edward Norton) is disillusioned with his life and his work, is bored, and suffering acute insomnia. He joins a therapy group, but is disillusioned by this experience, too. He joins other groups, feigning issues and illnesses he does not have, until he meets and re-meets Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), who seems to be on a similar trip, trying to find a connection with life. Then the narrator meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) and life changes to become more exciting and much more dangerous – first Fight Club, then Project Mayhem. But who is Tyler Durden?


The film did not garner any of the established awards, although it was nominated for Best Soundtrack at the Brits in 2000. Curiously, however, it did pick up the award for Best Foreign Film at the Turkish Film Critics Association (SIYAD) Awards!




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Monday 10 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now

Never The Bride

Never The Bride

Sallie Taylor - keeping the memory of Chapel Art alive


Never The Bride, fronted by the mesmerizing Nikki Lamborn and backed by the exceptional, Catherine “Been” Feeney, has an undeniable chemistry that takes their performances to another level. Their soulful melodies, passionate lyrics, and electrifying stage presence create a truly unforgettable experience. As well as being quoted as one of the top ten artists to perform at the Viper Room in LA in the last 21 years, Never The Bride has also wowed audiences at The Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Stadium, Caesars Palace, and more.


Having shared stages with legendary artists like, The Who, Roger Daltrey said,  “Nikki Lamborn has the best female rock voice since Janis Joplin and I know what I’m talking about, I knew Janis.”


Elton John, Bryan Adams, and Eric Clapton, to name a few, Never The Bride has garnered a loyal following. Their music resonates deeply, touching hearts with its raw emotion and infectious energy.


For a glimpse of their remarkable journey, visit www.neverthebride.com Discover the bands' discography, including critically acclaimed albums like their debut ’Never The Bride” and "Long Live Live,” showcases their extraordinary musicality and songwriting prowess.


Never the Bride are still wowing audiences and selling out shows wherever they play. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the magic firsthand. Secure your tickets now for an extraordinary night of music that will linger in your soul long after the final note fades. Join us at The Cheltenham Playhouse ...


Their band consists of members who when they’re not playing with the girls, are out with, Sting, Madonna, Duran Duran, Chris de Burgh, Peter Gabriel, Nick Hayward.

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Wednesday 12 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now

Howlers June 2024

Howlers June 2024

Welcome to Howlers at the Playhouse, the home of great comedy in Cheltenham. Every month at Howlers we bring you the very best in stand-up with top notch line-ups from the UK and beyond!


This month, Roger Monkhouse, Jack Skipper, Jake Lambert and Cerys Nelms complete the line up for the June Club Show.


At Howlers we are serious about our comedy. With some of the brightest new talent appearing on stage alongside some of biggest names on the stand-up circuit, Howlers at the Playhouse is fast becoming one of the biggest nights out on the Cheltenham social calendar. Doors open at 19:15 and the showtime is 8pm to 10pm approximately.

     

Howlers usually sells out so please buy in advance to avoid disappointment.


Over 18s only.    


Acts may be subject to change.    


Bringing you the best of UK and international stand up!

Book Tickets

Thursday 13 Jun 20248:00pm Book Now

Mad Manners

Mad Manners

Mad Manners is the ultimate Ska party that will have you jumping and dancing in the aisles. Paying tribute to the greats such as Madness, The Specials & Bad Manners, they also include more diverse artists like Reel Big Fish, The Toasters and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.


Featuring a “Three Horn” brass section, complimented by a fantastic group of professional musicians and front man “Buster Gaskitt”, you will have a night of fun, frolics and magnificent music.


Mad Manners………. Let the party begin!!!


The Bar will be open from 6:45pm, the show will start at 7:30pm.

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Friday 14 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now
Saturday 15 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now

Gaslight (PG)

Gaslight (PG)

The Eclectic Cinema Presents:


Gaslight (PG)

USA | 1944

Directed by: George Cukor

Starring: Charles Boyer | Ingrid Bergman | Joseph Cotton | Angela Lansbury


We’ve reached ‘C’ in the ABC of Cinema – ‘C’ is for American director George Cukor, known for The Philadelphia Story (1940), Born Yesterday (1950), A Star is Born (1954) and My Fair Lady (1964), among many others in the half century from the early 1930s.


Gaslight is a fine and very atmospheric Victorian melodrama and source of the verb ‘to gaslight’, now well-known in current vocabulary.


As a young teenager, Paula is removed from London to Italy, following the murder of her aunt, a celebrated opera singer. The case remains unsolved, but some years later, Paula returns to the still-vacant house on Thornton Square with her new husband, Gregory Anton. Things that could bring back bad memories to Paula are cleared away, and the couple settle in to their new life in London. Soon, though, Paula starts to hear strange noises around the house, the gas lighting begins to flicker, she becomes forgetful, she loses important personal possessions and wonders if she is losing her mind. She does not realise the extent of her husband’s control, or the reason for it.


Ingrid Bergman is Paula and won an Oscar for Best Actress in the role. Charles Boyer was nominated for his role as the gaslighting, menacing master of the house. Joseph Cotton is the solid friend who helps to release Paula from her entrapment. But also of note is Angela Lansbury, age 18, in her first screen role, as the attractive, insolent maid whom Gregory employs to keep an eye on his wife.


The film is a remake of a 1940 British film, of the same name, directed by Thorold Dickinson. When MGM bought the rights to remake the film, the contract apparently included a clause requiring all negatives and prints of the earlier film to be destroyed. Fortunately, this destruction was never completed, and both films remain available and are both highly regarded.


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Monday 17 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now

Paul Moran & Smokin’ B3 Trio

Paul Moran & Smokin’ B3 Trio

Sallie Taylor - keeping the memory of Chapel Art alive


I’m very excited to welcome the incredible, Paul Moran and his band, Smokin’ B3 Trio to Cheltenham Playhouse Tuesday 18th June 2024.


For all Jazz lovers this will be a very special evening so be sure to book early.


Paul has worked with Van Morrison as his Musical Director, also playing Hammond organ, piano, synths, trumpet and Flugel horn alongside him in live concerts such as ‘Jazz at

Montreux’ and the ‘Royal Albert Hall’ and recording the Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl album.


His sensational skills as a jazz musician and keyboard player have bought him concert and recording work with an impressive array of top artists including, Van Morrison, Pete Townshend, George Michael, Roger Daltry, Natalie Cole, Joss Stone, Mavis Staples, Sister Sledge, Mark Knopfler, Tony Hadley, Rick Astley, Buddy Greco, Tom Jones, Chrissie Hynde, Joss Stone, Wishbone Ash, Marcella Detroit, Irene Cara, Michael Ball and Jools Holland.


Buddy Greco invited Paul to play piano and Hammond organ for his first UK tour - culminating in a fabulous concert at Ronnie Scott’s. His film and TV work include his skills as a Big Band score-writer and band leader.


Alongside Paul tonight are his fellow professionals, Jim Mullen - God-father of British Jazz Guitar. Jim is an acclaimed guitarist - loved for his inimitable mellow Jazz guitar sound. His accolades and appearances over decades are too long to list - but include featuring on the first three albums and touring with the Average White Band. Jim was also joint leader of the hugely popular British jazz funk band, ‘Morrisey-Mullen’; and as part of an

all-star collective of musicians, Mullen recorded alongside special guests Jocelyn Brown, Hamish Stuart and Angelo Starr on the album, “All About Music” produced by Sir Paul McCartney.


He has won many British music awards including “Best Guitar” in the British Telecom Jazz Awards (1994, 1996 and 2000).


Mez Clough has worked in virtually every musical style from punk rock to big band swing. He has also recorded with Van Morrison; Jeff Beck, Madness, Chris Farlowe, Paul Weller,

Leona Lewis, Willie Nelson, Jeff Beck and Georgie Fame.


Smokin’ B3 Trio are:

Paul Moran - Hammond Organ

Jim Mullen - Guitar

Mez Clough - Drums

Jo Harrop - Vocals (to be confirmed)


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Tuesday 18 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now

DnD comedy improv June

DnD comedy improv June

Roll The Damn Dice is here to bring you a monthly dose of madness. 'A Night of D&D, Improv and Comedy' is a live, interactive, comedy Dungeons & Dragons show, where the audience gets to take over. Do you want to help or hinder the players? Maybe you want to rain down fire onto the battlefield, give us advantage or just throw a casual beholder at us? Get involved and come join the chaos at The Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre. You don’t need to be a D&D pro to enjoy this show - It’s for everyone to be entertained by, so long as you embrace the chaos!


Roll The Damn Dice is a D&D 5e Actual Play YouTube show and podcast. We are a Gloucestershire-based group of friends made up of performers, stand-up comics, and a plumber. Roll The Damn Dice has been featured at MCM London and Birmingham Comic Cons, Cheltenham Literature Festival and is now joining the Cheltenham Playhouse family as a monthly regular and we couldn’t be more chuffed!


Come along and join in!


Caution: May not contain dungeons and/or dragons.



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Thursday 20 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now

The Fleetwood Mac Songbook 2024

The Fleetwood Mac Songbook 2024

Returning to the Cheltenham Playhouse in 2024, after three sell-out performances earlier this year! 🎵


Earning rave reviews wherever they play, six piece tribute band 'The Fleetwood Mac Songbook' are bringing their non-stop, hit packed show to The Cheltenham Playhouse.


The band perform a spell binding recreation of the stellar 'songbook' of 'Fleetwood Mac', drawing from over six decades of songs. Their set of course includes soft rock anthems from the 'Rumours' and 'Tango In The Night' albums but they don't forget founding member, Blues guitar legend Peter Green, and dedicate a portion of the show to a selection of his work.


Every detail is immaculate to ensure that the unmistakable 'Mac' sound is recreated faithfully - the exceptional three part harmonies are a standout as well as the band's guitarist using the famous Lindsey Buckingham Rick Turner model of guitar that gives the songs that final polish.


You will be assured of a night to remember in the company of these fine musicians for an unforgettable evening suitable for all ages.

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Friday 21 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now
Saturday 22 Jun 20242:00pm Book Now
Saturday 22 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now

CODS: Cheltenham Community Choir

CODS: Cheltenham Community Choir
Please note this event takes place at Holy Apostles church, Charlton Kings, not at the Playhouse. 

CODS Choir Presents: 


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Saturday 22 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now

The Terence Davies Trilogy (15)

The Terence Davies Trilogy (15)

Please note this film will take place in the Green Room Bar.


The Eclectic Cinema Presents:


The Terence Davies Trilogy (15)

UK | 1983

Directed by: Terence Davies

Starring: Phillip Mawdsley | Terry O’Sullivan | Wilfrid Brambell | Valerie Lilley


We bid farewell to Terence Davies, gay British film director, who died in October 2023. This semi-autobiographical trilogy comprises three segments made at different times – Children (1976), Madonna and Child (1980) and Death and Transfiguration (1983). Together they portray the life of a gay man growing up in Liverpool from the 1950s onwards.


The depiction of life as a working-class homosexual man at this time is unrelentingly bleak and lonely. The epithet ‘gay’ seems entirely inappropriate. The protagonist’s Catholic upbringing only serves to amplify the extent of his guilt and shame. It is perhaps surprising, then, that Davies himself seemed much more upbeat in real life, with an obvious sense of humour. On the other hand, he preferred to remain alone, a single man, uninterested in the burgeoning gay scene.


The Trilogy has been screened at numerous film festivals to critical acclaim. His later films, often with autobiographical and/or gay themes are also admired, with awards going to Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), The Long Day Closes (1992), The House of Mirth (2000) and A Quiet Passion (2016).


This screening will be in the intimate atmosphere of the Green Room Bar, and there will be a short break between each segment of the Trilogy.

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Monday 24 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now

Cliff Richard Tribute - Wired for Sound

Cliff Richard Tribute - Wired for Sound

Cliff Richard Tribute Show 'WIRED FOR SOUND' Embark on an exhilarating journey with Jimmy Jemain, the UK's premier No 1 Cliff Richard Tribute artist and the winner of TV's Stars In Their Eyes.


Join the musical celebration featuring Jimmy's authentic Shadows Band. Engage in a sing-along and dance extravaganza spanning six decades of hits, including timeless classics like "Move It," "Living Doll," "Summer Holiday," "Apache," "FBI," and many more! Experience the magic of an unforgettable musical knight with Jimmy Jemain.


The Bar will be open from 6:45pm, the show will start at 7:30pm.

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Friday 28 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now

Oasiis

Oasiis



Oasiis: The Ultimate Oasis Tribute Band. Bringing the iconic sound and spirit of Oasis to life on stage. Since since 2003.


Oasiis have been and still are one of the most authentic tributes to the legendary UK rock band of the 90’s.


The Bar will be open from 6:45pm, the show will start at 7:30pm


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Saturday 29 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now

Spotlight Intermediate

Spotlight Intermediate

Join us this July for Theatre Studio’s SPOTLIGHT show, where our highly talented Junior, Intermediate, and Senior students will be returning to the stage for their End of Year performances, which will include extracts from musical theatre’s leading musicals.


We have three exciting performances, showcasing each age range, offering audiences an entertaining evening of musical theatre, acting, and dance: SPOTLIGHT JUNIOR, SPOTLIGHT

INTERMEDIATE, and SPOTLIGHT SENIOR.


Produced and Directed by our talented faculty, the performances showcase the exceptional talent at Theatre Studio. The performances are open to friends, family, and the general public. For those who may want to enrol in our school, our Tutors will also be on hand to answer any questions regarding Theatre Studio for prospective students and parents.


So come along and watch Theatre Studio’s talented young

performers as they release their aspirations!

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Friday 5 Jul 20247:00pm Book Now
Saturday 6 Jul 20242:00pm Book Now

Spotlight Senior

Spotlight Senior

Join us this July for Theatre Studio’s SPOTLIGHT show, where our highly talented Junior, Intermediate, and Senior students will be returning to the stage for their End of Year performances, which will include extracts from musical theatre’s leading musicals.


We have three exciting performances, showcasing each age range, offering audiences an entertaining evening of musical theatre, acting, and dance: SPOTLIGHT JUNIOR, SPOTLIGHT

INTERMEDIATE, and SPOTLIGHT SENIOR.


Produced and Directed by our talented faculty, the performances showcase the exceptional talent at Theatre Studio. The performances are open to friends, family, and the general public. For those who may want to enrol in our school, our Tutors will also be on hand to answer any questions regarding Theatre Studio for prospective students and parents.


So come along and watch Theatre Studio’s talented young

performers as they release their aspirations!

Book Tickets

Saturday 6 Jul 20247:00pm Book Now

Spotlight Junior

Spotlight Junior

Join us this July for Theatre Studio’s SPOTLIGHT show, where our highly talented Junior, Intermediate, and Senior students will be returning to the stage for their End of Year performances, which will include extracts from musical theatre’s leading musicals.


We have three exciting performances, showcasing each age range, offering audiences an entertaining evening of musical theatre, acting, and dance: SPOTLIGHT JUNIOR, SPOTLIGHT

INTERMEDIATE, and SPOTLIGHT SENIOR.