What's On

Unless otherwise stated, all performances start at 7.30 pm prompt and all concessions apply to under 16s and over 60s

Sherlock's Excellent Adventure

10th September

Our Star Theatre Company

Our Star Theatre Company proudly present their critically-acclaimed comedy, Sherlock’s Excellent Adventure!
Follow Sherlock Holmes and his incomparable sidekick Dr John Watson on this riveting, until now, unpublished case...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 tons of jolly-good-fun… The game’s afoot!

*** "Like a 21stCentury Flanders and Swann" The Reviews Hub (Brighton Fringe 2021)

The Welkin

11th to 15th October

Cotswold Players

The Welkin by Lucy Kirkwood

Rural Suffolk.  1759.  A young woman has been found guilty of a horrible murder, and sentenced to hang.  When she claims to be pregnant, 12 women are plucked from the community to decide whether she is telling the truth or just trying to escape the noose, while a crowd outside bays for her execution.

Written in 2019 by one of our most exciting contemporary playwrights, The Welkin is a drama – arguably a thriller - with plenty of coarse humour.  It deals with timeless issues of privilege, progress, the status of women, and whether violence is ever justified.

The Stage called it “thrilling... beautifully calibrated, tight as a high wire... a gripping richly textured history play.

This play contains adult themes, strong language and some violence.  Age guidance 12+

Stroud Short Stories

30th October

Stroud Short Stories
£10 - On sale 30th September

Stroud Short Stories - An evening of short stories on the theme of TIME - written and read by Gloucestershire authors 

Proclaimed by the Cheltenham Literature Festival as “possibly the best short story event in the South West”, SSS’s considerable reputation is based on the unfailingly high quality of the stories read at its events.

Stroud Short Stories is now in its eleventh year and this is its 25th event. It is also the opening event of the 2022 Stroud Book Festival. 

Writers from across Gloucestershire submit their stories twice a year to SSS Organiser/Editor John Holland. Ten stories are selected - from the hundred or so submitted - to be read by their authors, who may be professional writers, skilled amateurs or complete beginners. 

This time, the theme is TIME.

John’s co-judge for this event is the award-winning short story author and four times SSS reader, Chloe Turner.

15 of the last 16 live events all sold out in advance, so you should book early to avoid disappointment.

More information is on the SSS website - stroudshortstories.blogspot.com

Friday 29 July - Open for submissions which are free 
Sunday 18 September - Close for submissions 
Friday 30 September - Tickets go on sale 


22nd to 26th November

Cotswold Players

Pressure by David Haig
An intense real-life thriller centred around the most important weather forecast in the history of warfare.

Southwick House, Portsmouth June, 1944 
One man’s decision is about to change the course of history. Everything is in place for a pivotal event that could determine the final outcome of World War 2 - D-Day. One last crucial question remains: will the weather be right on the day? This extraordinary and little-known true story thrillingly explores the challenges and responsibilities of leadership alongside the more personal stories of some of the key protagonists.

"Gripping... The pressure just keeps on rising." - Financial Times
“Funny, tense and deeply affecting” – Daily Telegraph
"A thunderous piece of theatre." - The Stage

Supported by funding from Stroud Arts Festival.

Camp as Christmas

2nd & 3rd December
Matinee at 2.30 on 3rd

Glitter and Twisted

A glorious pick-and-mix grab-bag of theatrical treats! Glitter & Twisted Theatre Company present a selection of sweet and bitter songs and sketches drawn from both the contemporary cabaret scene and the world of musical theatre, with something to excite every palate. The show includes more than a sprinkling of Christmas but explores the tragic as well as the jolly aspects of the festive season. Alongside classic songs by Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Kander & Ebb and Tom Lehrer the revue features many brilliant and rarely performed delights. With outrageously funny numbers, glorious costumes, exciting choreography, dozens of laughs (and perhaps a few tears) this is an entertainment for grown-ups, presented with wit, style, panache, pathos and more than a touch of camp.

Reactions to previous G&T shows:
"I am not one to laugh out loud, but this did it for me" - Rosebowl adjudicator (Sing Happy)
"Simply brilliant" - Stroud News & Journal (Just a Bowl of Cherries)
"Truly wonderful evening of entertainment" - Stroud News & Journal (She Loves Me)

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