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

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We are delighted that the family of William Blezard have allowed us access to previously unpublished rehearsal recordings and personal letters from Joyce allowing a unique insight into the queen of comediennes.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


8th February

Black Dog Productions

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.


4th April

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."



Stroud Short Stories

19th April

£8 - on sale 20th March

An evening of short stories on the theme of DISRUPTION written and read by Gloucestershire authors

This event is dedicated to the late Rick Vick, local creative writing tutor, poet, events organiser and Stroud Short Stories stalwart.

Formed in 2011, this is Stroud Short Stories 20th event and follows the sell-out events at the Cotswold Playhouse in May and November last year.

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.

Writers from across Gloucestershire submit their stories twice a year to SSS Organiser 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.

There’s a theme this time – DISRUPTION. Almost anything can be disrupted - lives, relationships, work, health, peace and quiet, traffic, events, games, concentration, law and order, sleep, short story readings, the status quo, city/town/village life, society... the list goes on. Expect Gloucestershire’s authors to come up with some unusual ideas.

John’s co-judge this time is novelist and short fiction author Ali Bacon.

The last 14 events all sold out in advance, so you should book early to avoid disappointment.

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

Key Dates

Submissions are open from Friday 17 January to Sunday 8 March.
Tickets on sale here from Friday 20 March.


25th April

Hand to Mouth Productions


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!


The Arsonists

7th to 9th May

Hexagon Theatre Company

The Arsonists by Max Frisch. Translated by Alastair Beaton

Fires are becoming a problem, but Biedermann has it all under control. A respected member of the community with a loving wife and flourishing business, he believes nothing can get to him. Being the great philanthrope, he happily fulfils his civic duty, giving shelter to two new houseguests and when they start filling the attic with petrol drums, he'll help them wire the fuse.

Originally known as ‘The Fire Raisers’ Max Frisch's 1958 play has been translated for a new age by Alastair Beaton and premiered at The Royal Court in 2007. This parable about the way in which we will accommodate the very thing that will destroy us, was described by Michael Billington in The Guardian as ‘edgy and funny’ and 'a timeless political satire’.

Whether you approach it as a timeless political satire, a morality play without a moral or just a jolly good romp, it will make you laugh and give you something to talk about.

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!

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