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

11th to 13th and 18th to 20th June

Cotswold Players

‘What is remarkable about Ayckbourn’s comedy is that it contrives to be simultaneously hilarious and harrowing.  Literally, it is agonisingly funny.’
Daily Telegraph

It was precisely this balance between light and dark, comedy and pathos in Ayckbourn’s writing that attracted Claire Howard to direct Absurd Person Singular.

It is Ayckbourn’s most commercially successful play, having been presented three times in the West End and twice on Broadway, and it has proved its timeless appeal by the fact that these productions spanned four decades, between 1973 and 2007.

The plot is almost impossible to summarise but is very intricate and clever, a hallmark of this playwright’s work - but ‘three’ is the number!  Set in three Acts, across three successive Christmases, with three couples and set in three kitchens; each couple hosting one of these seasonal gatherings in their own kitchen. The final Act is positively Pinter-esque as the comedy darkens.

If you’ve seen it before, you’ll want to come again. If you haven’t, then the Cotswold Players will be delighted to introduce you to this great play

Much Ado About Falstaff

3rd July

Kick in the Head

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!


3rd October

Kick in the Head

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."



Sherlock's Excellent Adventure

27th November

Our Star Theatre Company

Follow Sherlock Holmes and his incomparable sidekick Dr John Watson on this riveting, until now, unpublished case…

Damsel in distress, Lucy Matravers engages Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth, Holmes and his partner Watson to resolve a dispute over a family will. Little do they know that this small case brings Holmes straight into the clutches of his arch enemy, James Moriarty!

This hilarious spoof is taken on by four actors, minimal furnishings and a ton of jolly-good-fun!

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