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THE COTSWOLD SAVOYARDS

17th 18th, 22nd – 25th November 2017

The Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham

By Stephen Sondheim

Stage Director: Caroline Young

Musical Director: Sue Black

Meet Desir e, a one woman wrecking ball of love and lust who leaves a trail of broken hearts wherever she goes. Things are awkward enough as she starts an affair with old boyfriend Fredrik Egerman right under the nose of her current lover Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, but when their wives Anne and Charlotte find out, things start to get REAL.

What’s a girl to do? In Desir e’s world the only thing to do is invite the whole gang for a weekend away with her family, throw in songs, banter, the mother of all parties and hope for the best. With everyone in one place, romance and the promise of second chances in the air, things are bound to work out right?

A witty story of love, lust and regret, Stephen Sondheim’s elegant wordplay and musical mastery won four Tony Awards, and features the classic ‘Send in the Clowns’. ‘A Little Night Music’ will fire your passion and leave you breathless.

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WEST END ECHOES

19th November 2017

The Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham

For this one off evening a talented cast of young musicians together with members of the Cotswold Savoyards bring you an entertaining evening of much loved music from theatre and film including vocal numbers, instrumental solos, jazz and brass groups. The delightful presentation features popular classics and timeless favourites from West End musicals including Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Chess, Oklahoma, Cats and Anything Goes.

The sheer enjoyment of music making shines through in the performance of these young people who are keen to benefit others through sharing their talent and have chosen to support the Acorns charity through this performance.

Established in 1988, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a registered charity offering a network of care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and their families, across the heart of England.

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MY FAIR LADY

Cotswold care hospice

15th – 19th May 2018

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Music by Frederick Loewe

Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

Stage Director: Ginny Burge

Musical Director: Karen Gillespie

Winner of six Tony Awards including best musical, My Fair Lady sparkles with wit, elegance and romance, telling the story of an Edwardian cockney flower girl’s transformation into the pride of London society. This beautiful production of My Fair Lady will transport you from the streets where you live to the flower markets of London, the racecourses of Ascot and to the glittering heights of an Embassy Ball where everything is ‘Absolutely Bloomin’ Loverly’.

Musical numbers include On The Street Where You Live, Get Me To The Church on Time, Wouldn’t It Be Loverly, With A Little Bit of Luck and I’ve Grown Accustomed to her Face.

My Fair Lady is a jewel in the crown of the great musicals, written by Lerner and Loewe (Brigadoon, Camelot and Gigi) and based on Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.

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THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE – BROADWAY VERSION

16th – 20th May 2017

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

By Gilbert Sullivan

Musical adaptation by William Elliott

Stage Director: Diana Dodds

Musical Director: David Manifold

The story of The Pirates of Penzance follows a familiar Gilbert and Sullivan narrative of thwarted love, disguised identities combined with a gentle mocking of Victorian class and status.

Frederick, the romantic hero, is due to be freed from his bond to the ineffectual pirates when he falls in love with Mabel, one of the many daughters of the Major General. Unfortunately, Frederick is also loved by Ruth, an older character role. A band of less than courageous policemen are sent to apprehend the pirates who have captured all of the daughters and plan to do their worst and marry them! All ends happily when it is revealed that the pirates are indeed peers of the realm. Joyous glee follows with all characters suitably paired off.

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PRINCESS IDA

21st – 26th November 2016

The Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham

By Gilbert Sullivan

Stage Director: Simon Lewis

Musical Director: David Manifold

All men are fools, and what makes them so is lacking intelligence like what I have got! believes militant blue-stocking Princess Ida, misandrist principal of the ladies-only University of Castle Adamant, where not even a cockerel is allowed to crow each morning to rouse the feminist undergrads. Some diplomatic small print, however, requires Ida to marry Prince Hilarion to honour a 20-year-old peace treaty with rival Castle Hildebrand. Will Ida defiantly remain prince-less, or will Hilarion finally graduate to married strife, sorry, life?

Gilbert Sullivan’s clever sideswipe at the influence of Charles Darwin and burgeoning women’s education, uniquely couched in blank verse and driven by a sparkling music score, remains a deft battle of the sexes, giving an entirely new meaning to the term University Challenge , whilst addressing all manner of obscure subjects. What is a gentle heigholet? What is the botanical name for a buttercup? Why is Lady Blanche such a misery guts? Is this opera really set in Hungary? Let the Savoyards enlighten you!

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ANYTHING GOES

Cotswold care hospice

17th – 21st May 2016

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Book by Guy Bolton P.G. Wodehouse

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter

Stage Director: Sue Bennett

Musical Director: David Manifold

Choreographer: Lisa Crowhurst

Billy instantly falls in love with a beautiful girl he meets in a taxi. When he discovers she’s boarding the SS American the same London-bound ship his boss and co-worker Reno are boarding, he sneaks aboard himself. The beautiful girl, Hope, is engaged to stuffy British aristocrat Lord Evelyn, but that doesn’t stop love-struck Billy. With the help of other passengers, Billy seeks to shake Reno, whose love he doesn’t return, and capture the heart of the girl of his dreams, and all without hurting anyone’s feelings.

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FOLLIES

20th – 28th November 2015

Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham

By Stephen Sondheim

Stage Director: Caroline Young

Musical Director: Allan Gillespie

Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Follies’ is an aching recognition of tarnished dreams and lost innocence, set during the reunion of a bunch of Ziegfeld-style hoofers on the eve of the destruction of the theatre where they performed 30 years previously. Full of complex ironies and memory ‘Follies’ is as much about the death of the American dream as any Arthur Miller play.

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