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Welcome Back To Your Favourite Theatre The Everyman Theatre is delighted to wish you a very happy New Year and to offer a varied programme for 2020 that will hopefully have you visiting the theatre very shortly.

A special mention also goes out to our wonderful ushers. We would like to thank them for the work they do in looking after all the guests who visit this beautiful theatre.

We’ve had a fantastic 2019 which culminated with our most successful pantomime ever, Cinderella. We are grateful to all of you who contributed to our Christmas Charity, The Scrubditch Care Farm. Thanks to your donations we raised over £10000 for this great local charity which allows people with a variety of needs to spend time with animals in a farm setting near Cirencester.

Thank you for your support of the Everyman Theatre and we hope that you find many shows in our programme to enjoy in the months ahead. Sincerely,

I would like to take this opportunity to relay our condolences to the entire Giffords Circus family on the passing of their matriarch, Nell Gifford. We work very closely with the circus and know that this is a great loss to the whole community. We offer our best wishes and know that her spirit will live on in this year’s production.

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Hospitality When visiting the Theatre for a Show or just to have a coffee/drink or light lunch with colleagues or friends then we have the solution for you

For all the below Menus, Packages, Prices and how to book please visit everymantheatre.org.uk A special event noticeboard can be found on our website detailing dates for special events and more.

Pre-Show Meals in Matchams

The Directors’ Lounge Experience

Available for all performances marked with this logo in the brochure.

Available for all performances marked with this logo in the brochure.

The Café-Bar Brand New Menu

Matchams Restaurant

The Directors’ Lounge

Open daily from 9.30am

On the second floor is a comfortable, airy space where you can dine pre-show either lunch or dinner from our well balanced two course menus, using the freshest of ingredients prepared in house.

Add sparkle to your visit, with our recent addition to pre-show/interval theatre hospitality.

Offers homemade cakes, freshly prepared sandwiches, soup and light seasonal mains plus speciality coffees, teas and drinks from our fully stocked bar. Freshly prepared food with exceptional service. FOR FURTHER DETAILS VISIT OUR WEBSITE

All dietary requirements catered for. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Elegant and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of the bars. It provides friendly, professional service by your dedicated lounge host, who is on hand to serve from a private well stocked bar along with nibbles or delicious pre-selected canapés.

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The Everyman Theatre Company presents

Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine Written by Willy Russell  •  Directed by Ian Talbot  •  Design by Dawn Allsopp

Thu 13 – Sat 22 February Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.30pm •  Matinees: Thu and Sat 2.00pm Tickets from £15 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60) “Winningly captivating” The Independent “Shirley Valentine is perfect make-believe.” The Observer The Everyman Theatre Company, which brought Waiting for Godot, Quartet and A Passionate Woman to Cheltenham audiences, presents another modern classic.

“The play is at times funny, at others desolatingly sad, and at the end it emerges as a moving celebration of the independence of the human spirit.” The Telegraph

Shirley Valentine is a heart-warming comedy by Willy Russell, the writer of Blood Brothers, which has won multiple Olivier and Tony awards and has been adapted into an Oscar nominated film starring Pauline Collins and Tom Conti. Claire Sweeney (Brookside, Chicago and Guys and Dolls) plays the title role of Shirley who’s feeling stagnant and stuck in a rut in her empty nest, preparing egg and chips for her emotionally distant husband. When the opportunity arises to leave Merseyside behind for a holiday in Greece, Shirley leaves a note and heads for the sun where she starts to see the world and herself very differently. The Everyman Theatre Company is delighted to welcome Ian Talbot OBE to direct this brandnew staging. Ian’s extensive career includes being Artistic Director at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park. Shirley Valentine – The Perfect Valentine’s treat. sponsored by

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Tweedy Presents: The Missing Company of Sherlock Holmes Sun 16 and Sun 23 February Times: 11.00am and 2.00pm Tickets from £14

Tweedy is putting on a large scale theatre production of Sherlock Holmes. He’s built the set, got the props and booked The Everyman Theatre for the show. There is only one problem – Tweedy has lost all the actors! Tweedy calls on his faithful friend Monsieur Loyal for help, and together the two of them must solve the mystery of the missing actors and also perform the whole show. How hard can that be? Come help Tweedy find the clues and finish the show, or just come witness the hilarity that unfolds as he tries – either way it will be a mayhem filled mystery the likes of which the world has never seen!

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Alan Ayckbourn’s

Ten Times Table Presented by Bill Kenwright and The Classic Comedy Theatre Company Written by Alan Ayckbourn • Directed by Robin Herford Starring Robert Daws, Deborah Grant, Craig Gazey, Gemma Oaten, Mark Curry, Robert Duncan and Elizabeth Power

Mon 24 – Sat 29 February Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.30pm • Matinee: Thu and Sat 2.00pm Tickets from £22 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)

Robert Daws leads a star cast in the classic Ayckbourn comedy. Ten Times Table is the inaugural production of The Classic Comedy Theatre Company, produced by Bill Kenwright and his team behind The Agatha Christie, The Classic Thriller and The Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Companies – which between them have enjoyed over 15 years of theatrical success across the UK. In the long-since “grand” ballroom of the local Swan Hotel, a most miscellaneous assemblage gather to conduct the business of the Pendon Folk Festival, led by excitable chairman Ray. Unfortunately for Ray, his calamitous committee quickly divides, as his wife Helen has a bone to pick… Add a Marxist schoolteacher, a military dog-breeder and an octogenarian secretary, and the table is set for one of comedy master Ayckbourn’s most hilarious plays. This tumultuous comedy by committee is not to be missed. The star cast includes leading stage and TV actor Robert Daws (The Royal, Outside Edge and Roger Roger); Deborah Grant (Not Going Out and Bergerac); Craig Gazey (Coronation Street and The Full Monty, West End); Gemma Oaten (Emmerdale, Holby City); Mark Curry (Bedroom Farce, Dangerous Corner); Robert Duncan (Drop The Dead Donkey) and Elizabeth Power (EastEnders).

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Band Of Gold Based on a true story • Written and Directed by Kay Mellor Starring: Gaynor Faye, Laurie Brett, Shayne Ward, Kieron Richardson and Sacha Parkinson

Mon 2 – Sat 7 March Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.30pm • Matinees: Thu and Sat 2.00pm Tickets from £30 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)

Following the huge, sell-out success of Fat Friends The Musical and the Everyman Theatre production of A Passionate Woman,  Kay Mellor comes to Cheltenham with the world premiere stage production of the multi-award winning TV series Band of Gold. Band of Gold was the ground-breaking crime drama that captivated over 15 million viewers each week when it aired on ITV and revolved around a group of women – Carol, Rose, Anita and Gina. At times heart-breaking, with a great mix of humour and drama, Band of Gold tells the story of how a young mother is drawn into the notorious red-light district. With a killer on the loose it’s a battle to survive!   The three iconic female lead roles that were played by Geraldine James, Barbara Dickson and Cathy Tyson in the TV series, will be played on stage by Gaynor Faye (Emmerdale, Playing the Field, Calendar Girls), Laurie Brett (EastEnders, Waterloo Road, Les Misérables) and introducing Emma Osman. They will be joined by awardwinning TV stars, Shayne Ward (Coronation Street, Rock of Ages, X Factor winner), Kieron Richardson (Hollyoaks, Heartbeat), Sacha Parkinson (Mr. Selfridge, The Mill) and Andrew Dunn (Dinnerladies, The Full Monty).  Don’t miss your chance to be one of the first to see the world premiere production of Kay Mellor’s thrilling new play.

**** “A gripping and hugely entertaining piece of work” Yorkshire Post “Had me glued from start to finish” Leeds Living

Laurie Brett

Gaynor Faye

Kieron Richardson

Shayne Ward

“A masterstroke… drama at its best” Yorkshire Times

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Thriller Live Tue 10 – Sat 14 March Evenings: Tue – Thu 7.30pm, Fri 5.00pm and 8.30pm, Sat 4.00pm and 8.00pm Tickets from £29 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)

Direct from London’s West End where it is now in its record breaking 11th year, THRILLER LIVE is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the greatest music ever written. Seen by over five million people in over 30 countries, THRILLER LIVE continues to moonwalk around the world, taking you on a visual, audio and electrifying journey through an unparalleled catalogue of hits. You will experience over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco as the cast pay homage to a musical legacy and iconic choreography executed with flair, precision and passion, this is a show that you will never forget. Expect your favourite songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and band, including: I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, Bad, Rock With You, They Don’t Care About Us, Dangerous and Thriller plus many more!

**** “A total blast. The staging and constant brilliance of the musicians keep us riveted. A wonderful show” Whatsonstage.com **** “You can’t beat it!” Evening Standard “An Exuberant blast” The Telegraph “A glitzy concert of song and dance. The hits just keep on coming” Daily Telegraph Box Office: 01242 572573 Everymantheatre.org.uk  13

HHHH“Irresistibly daft”



Joe Pasquale Written & Directed by Guy Unsworth

Based on the TV series by Raymond Allen


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Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em Written and Directed By: Guy Unsworth  •  Based on the TV Series by: Raymond Allen Starring: Joe Pasquale, Sarah Earnshaw and Susie Blake

Tue 17 – Sat 21 March Evenings: Tue - Sat 7.30pm  •  Matinees: Thu and Sat 2.00pm Tickets from £21 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)

Hilarious mishaps and DIY disasters are bringing the house down, quite literally, as Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em hits the road with Joe Pasquale (New Faces, I’m a Celebrity, Spamalot, The Producers) as the lovable accident-prone Frank Spencer. Betty has exciting news for Frank, but he’s preoccupied by possible newfound fame as a magician. With guests arriving for dinner and crossed wires all round, priceless misunderstandings are on the menu. Susie Blake (Coronation Street, The Victoria Wood Show, Blithe Spirit and The Everyman Theatre production of Cider with Rosie) stars as his disapproving Mother-in-Law and Sarah Earnshaw as his long-suffering wife Betty. Based on the 1970s classic TV comedy by Ray Allen and directed by the award-winning Guy Unsworth, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em is the ultimate feel-good night out, washed down with lashings of nostalgia and Mother’s prune wine. Quite Frank-ly, it’s a hit!

PREMIUM SEAT PACKAGES AVAILABLE: A VIP experience with exceptional seats and an exclusive Directors’ Lounge package including a complimentary drink and nibbles in our private lounge.

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The Observer


The Times

The Habit of Art Presented by The Original Theatre Company & Anthology In association with Peter Stickney and York Theatre Royal Written by: Alan Bennett  •  Directed by: Philip Franks

Mon 23 – Sat 28 March Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.30pm  •  Matinees: Thu and Sat 2.00pm Tickets from £16 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)

The critically acclaimed and celebrated production of the masterly Bennett comedy is coming to the Everyman Theatre following a hugely successful UK tour. Alan Bennett is one our greatest and most celebrated playwrights, with a cavalcade of stage and screen blockbusters including The History Boys, The Madness of King George and Talking Heads. He is applauded as a genius for his sharp character observations and treasured for the way he beautifully balances wit, wistfulness and compassion. In The Habit of Art, Bennett gives us a play about a meeting between two of the 20th centuries most remarkable artists, the poet WH Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten. Exploring friendship, rivalry and heartache this multi-layered masterpiece examines the joy, pain and emotional cost of creativity. This beautifully nuanced production is directed by Philip Franks and stars the Olivier Award-winning Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and Men, Toast and Pride and Prejudice), David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown) and Veronica Roberts (Peak Practice and Tenko).

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A menacing comedy from one of the 20th century’s most important playwrights



michelle collins

tristan gemmill Also Starring

Paul Hickey


Preview Performance

The Everyman Theatre Company presents

The Birthday Party Written By: Harold Pinter  •  Directed by: Paul Milton • Design by Michael Holt Starring: Michelle Collins, Tristan Gemmill and Paul Hickey

Thu April 2 All Tickets £15

Thu 2 – Sat 11 April Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.30pm  •  Matinees: Thu and Sat 2.00pm Tickets from £15 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)

Harold Pinter’s comedy of menace gets a dramatic new re-imagining opening in Cheltenham prior to a national tour. Starring Michelle Collins and Tristan Gemmill Following a two year celebration of the works of Harold Pinter in the West End the Everyman Theatre Company presents his most popular and widely performed play The Birthday Party. Set in a dilapidated seaside boarding house the mysterious Stanley Webber receives a visit from two sinister strangers, Goldberg and McCann. They arrive on Stanley’s birthday – or is it? What do they want and why do they want to turn Stanley’s quiet world upside down? The Everyman Theatre Company, brings together a star cast, including Michelle Collins and Tristan Gemmill, to present Pinter’s classic and most performed darkly-comic masterpiece. Best known for her roles as Cindy Beale in EastEnders and Stella Price on Coronation Street, Michelle has graced our screens and stage for over 30 years. In addition to notable television roles in Real Women, Dr Who and Casualty, her stage credits include Calendar Girls, Rattle of a Simple Man, The Vagina Monolgues and Never Forget. Tristan Gemmill is widely recognised for his role as Robert Preston in Coronation Street and for playing Dr Adam Trumen in the much loved medical drama Casualty. Screen roles have seen him starring alongside Adrian Brody and Kiera Knightley in The Jacket and The Curse of the Midas Box with Michael Sheen and Sam Neil.

“Harold Pinter is the most original writer to have emerged from the ‘new wave’ of dramatists who gave fresh life to the British theatre in the fifties and sixties.” The Times

“60 years on, The Birthday Party has lost none of its capacity to intrigue” The Guardian

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Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever Wed 15 – Thu 16 April Times: 10:00am, 1.00pm and 4.00pm Tickets from £18 Family Ticket (4 tickets) £80

Peppa Pig is excited to be going on a special day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig it’s going to be her best day ever! Get ready for a road-trip full of fun adventures. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and icecreams to muddy puddles – there is something for all of the family and their friends to enjoy, including Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull, Suzy Sheep, Gerald Giraffe and more! Prepare for the brand new Peppa Pig live show packed full of songs, games and laughter, it really is the best day ever for Peppa Pig fans! 20  Box Office: 01242 572573 Everymantheatre.org.uk

Kids Meals Available for all performances £6 including a soft drink and ice cream

The Elton Show:

The Carpenters Story:

Fri 17 April

Sat 18 April

Evening: 7.30pm Tickets from £26 no concessions

Evening: 7.30pm Tickets from £26 no concessions

The Elton Show is a celebration of Elton John’s greatest hits performed by international singersongwriter C.J. Marvin.

This highly acclaimed production continues to captivate audiences across the UK with its spectacular celebration of the classic songbook that made The Carpenters a legend in the world of popular music, selling over 100 million albums and singles.

The Greatest Celebration of The Rocket Man

This uniquely entertaining show joyfully re-creates the magical “spirit” of Elton John covering four decades of incredible music, from the 70’s to the present day. C.J. performs brilliantly as Elton John wearing the outrageous colourful costumes and playing live piano, capturing the essence of Elton and his live band and backing singers! The Elton Show is a spectacularly entertaining evening and an affectionate salute to the music and energy of the Rocket Man, featuring Elton’s greatest hits including Your Song, Saturday Night’s All Right for Fighting, I’m Still Standing, Can You Feel The Love Tonight? and many more!

Goodbye to Love Tour

This brand new show for 2020 once again features the outstanding vocal talents of Claire Furley, with Musical Director Phil Aldridge leading The Carpenters Story Orchestra as they re-create Richard Carpenter’s original orchestral arrangements. Featuring all of the Carpenters hit songs including (They Long To Be) Close To You, Yesterday Once More, We’ve Only Just Begun, Superstar, A Song For You, Rainy Days & Mondays, Goodbye to Love and many more!

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Directed by Robin Herford

From the writers of ‘THE WIPERS TIMES’ and ‘TRIAL BY LAUGHTER’

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A Bunch of Amateurs Presented by Trademark Touring, Anthology Theatre and the Everyman Theatre Company Written By: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman from an original story by Jonathan Gershfield and John Ross

Thu 23 April – Sat 2 May Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.30pm • Matinee: Thu and Sat 2.00pm Tickets from £24 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)

Following the success of The Wipers Times and Trial By Laughter the Everyman Theatre Company is proud to present Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s hilarious comedy A Bunch of Amateurs. Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of Shakespeare, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of starring alongside Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from ruthless developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

HHHHH “Laugh a minute.”

There will be a post-show discussion with the cast and creative team on Fri 24 and Tue 28 April

Mail on Sunday

HHHH “A total delight.” WhatsOnStage

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BalletBoyz Present: Deluxe Tue 5 - Wed 6 May Evenings: 7.30pm Tickets from £19.00 D/GS/ES/16/25 (see p.60)

Applauded across the globe, the multi-award winning BalletBoyz are back. Following their triumphant dance shows Fourteen Days, Young Men and Life, the company returns to the Everyman Theatre. This new programme fuses the work of some of the world’s leading composers and choreographers including Shanghai-based choreographer Xe Xin, plus a re-working of Olivier Award-winner, Russell Maliphant’s mesmerising and critically acclaimed Torsion.

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“It doesn’t matter what they dance. The result is always the same – fantastic.” The Times

Birthday Lunch On Stage

United in Song

with the Everyman Theatre Association

Sun 3 May

Sun 10 May

12 noon Tickets from £30

4.00pm Tickets from £16

A lunch on the main stage of the Everyman Theatre to celebrate 60 years of the Everyman Theatre Association.

In collaboration with three brilliant choirs from Wales, Just Sing!, Soul’d As Seen and the Soul’d As Seenies, The Everyvoice Choir will join in a celebration of song, uniting two nations in harmony.

2020 marks the 60th anniversary of the Everyman Theatre Association. Originally formed in 1959 as The Cheltenham Theatre Association to save the theatre from closure, the ETA has helped to secure the past, present and future of this historic venue and we’re holding a luncheon to celebrate the work of the original members. Join us to mark this special occasion, along with a yet to be announced celebrity guest speaker. Open to non members as well, this will be a fantastic opportunity to have a look behind the scenes, and learn more about the history of the theatre and see the auditorium from a very different viewpoint.

Soul’d As Seen is a large community choir providing a joyful singing experience for all. Over the past six years they have built quite a reputation, and this year they have performed in numerous venues, including with The Cory Band and with Only Men Aloud. Just Sing! are a new choir for teenagers formed in 2017, singing a wide range of pop and theatre music and combining vibrant energy and beautiful harmonies.

Includes a three course lunch with a glass of fizz, followed by a guest speaker and entertainment.

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A MUSICAL COMEDY based on the novels of

adapted and directed by

Emma Rice


TO CHEER” The Times

The Guardian

David Pugh and Theatre by the Lake present the Wise Children production

Malory Towers David Pugh and Theatre by the Lake present the Wise Children production

Opening Night Special All Tickets £25

Tue 12 – Sat 16 May Evenings: Tue – Sat 7.30pm Matinees: Thu and Sat 2.00pm Tickets from £25 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)

Nostalgic, naughty and perfect for now, Malory Towers is a musical of high jinks, high drama and high spirits. Darrell Rivers is starting school with an eager mind and fierce heart. Unfortunately, she also has a quick temper! Can she learn to tolerate the infuriating Gwendoline Lacey, or value the kind hearted Sally Hope? Can she save the school play and rescue terrified Mary Lou from the grip of a raging storm? If she can do these things anywhere, she will do them at Malory Towers! Adapted and Directed by Emma Rice (Wise Children, Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult and Brief Encounter), this is a show for children and all of us grown up children who still dream of midnight feasts, pillow fights and headmistresses like Miss Grayling.

“Jolly good stuff.”

The Daily Mail “Go to the top of the class!”

The Sunday Times

HHHHH “It is magic.”

The Guardian

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert Directed by Ian Talbot Choreographed by Tom Jackson-Greaves  •  Designed by Phil R Daniels and Charles Cusick Smith

Mon 18 – Sat 23 May Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees: Thu and Sat 2.00pm Tickets from £20 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)

The iconic musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert is coming to the Everyman Theatre. Starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden, PRISCILLA is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance. With more glitter than ever before, this smashhit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including...


Produced by Jason Don



Starring Stric tly winner Joe McFadd en

“THE GREATEST DISCO ANTHEMS EVER TO FILL A DANCE FLOOR” The Telegraph Box Office: 01242 572573 Everymantheatre.org.uk  29

An Amateur Production Presented by Cheltenham Operatic and Dramatic Society

Shrek: The Musical A Half Term Treat

Tue 26 – Sat 30 May Evenings: Tue – Sat 7.00pm, Matinees: Wed, Thu and Sat 2.00pm Tickets from £20

Nominated for 8 Tony Awards & 4 Olivier Awards, Shrek the Musical follows the story of the much loved, oversized ogre on a quest after Lord Farquaad banishes all freaks and fairytale creatures and dumps them in Shrek’s swamp. To regain his home, Shrek is sent by Lord Farquaad to rescue a princess from a tower far, far away. But, as Princess Fiona finds out, not all fairytales follow traditions. And now, this May half term, Broadway’s Shrektacular tale comes to Cheltenham for a musical make-ogre full of great songs, hilarious characters and fairy-tale magic!

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Join Shrek, Fiona, Donkey & all the fairytale creatures on a journey of love, admiration & hilarity this May. Far, far and away the most fun you’ll have at the theatre this year.



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Million Dollar Quartet Mon 8 – Sat 13 June Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.30pm  •  Matinees: Thu and Sat 2.00pm Tickets from £24 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)

Following its success in the West End, Las Vegas and on Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet is touring the UK! This worldwide smash-hit musical is inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four star musicians gathered in Sun Records in Memphis, the studios of legendary record producer Sam Phillips, for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, That’s All Right, Sixteen Tons, Great Balls of Fire, Walk The Line, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, Who Do You Love?, Matchbox, Folsom Prison Blues, Hound Dog and many more... Don’t miss your chance to discover the true story of one unforgettable night that made rock ‘n’ roll history!


“The show that left me all shook up”

The Daily Mail


“A feel good musical with a soundtrack to die for”

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The Sound of Music An Amateur Production Presented by The Cotswold Savoyards

Tue 23 – Sat 27 June Evenings: Tue – Sat 7.00pm, Matinees: Sat 2.00pm Tickets from £19

The Sound of Music is considered to be the world’s most beloved musical. The original Broadway production starred Mary Martin as Maria and won five Tony Awards in 1959 including Best Musical. It then went on to cinematic history with Julie Andrews in the starring role. The show features some of the most delightfully infectious songs of all time by songwriters Rodgers and Hammerstein and Librettists Lindsay and Crouse. When a tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children and brings a love of life and music back into the home. They fall in love and marry, but upon returning from their honeymoon, they discover that Austria

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has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain’s immediate service in their navy. The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, So long, Farewell, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, and of course, the title song,  The Sound of Music. The show is guaranteed to win your heart!

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The Mozart Question Presented by The Barn Theatre in association with the Everyman Theatre and Anthology Ltd.

Tue 30 June – Sat 4 July Evenings: Tue – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees: Wed, Thu and Sat 2.00pm Tickets from £24 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)

From the International best-selling author of War Horse, The Mozart Question is a collaboration between Cirencester’s Barn Theatre and the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham presenting a world premiere of a powerful story set against the backdrop of the holocaust. Featuring ten actor musicians, the story of renowned violinist Paolo Levi is brought to life on stage in an extraordinary journey that takes the audience from the musician as a young boy, and leads them through the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps. A powerful adaptation, that at its core, champions hope, love and the pursuit of truth. With a great classical score, The Mozart Question is a new work that may go on to be as successful as Mopurgo’s greatest works.

“It is the most important story I have ever written, about the best and most beautiful and most heavenly that is in us, and the worst and most wicked and most hellish too. I have no doubt we are creating a play worthy of the immensity of the tragedy, a play that reflects the power of music to heal, to bring reconciliation and peace in a troubled world.”

Michael Morpurgo

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Spontaneous Potter

The Bowie Collective

Tue 16 June

Wed 17 June

7.30pm Tickets £22

7.30pm Tickets from £26

RETURNING AFTER A PREVIOUS SELL-OUT PERFORMANCE Grab your wands, don your house robes, and apparate yourselves to the box office! A very magical improv show awaits... The smash hit Spontaneous Potter is an entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fanfiction title. Hilarity ensues as an entirely new Potter adventure is magically improvised on the spot-with live musical accompaniment! Previous titles performed include: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Commerce, Harry Potter and the Neville Wears Prada, Harry Potter and the Rise of the Planet of the Snapes, Harry Potter and the Struggle for a Decent Mortgage in This Economy Note: Spontaneous Potter is an unofficial show that is not endorsed by or affiliated with Warner Bros., JK Rowling or her publishers. All rights to the Harry Potter books and associated trademarks are the property of JK Rowling / her publishers. All film / image rights associated with the film series are property of Warner Bros. Recommended for ages 16+

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A journey into the mind of the rock ‘n’ roll alien Take an incredible two hour trip through the finest work of David Bowie. This group of rock musicians, artists and performers recreate Bowie’s most iconic recordings in exquisite detail against a spell-binding backdrop of lights and visual magic. With glowing endorsements from the likes of Rick Wakeman and Mike Garson this exciting show is a must for Bowie fans and the Bowie-Curious! From the dark depths of isolation and fractured reality of Berlin to the sheer celebration of Let’s Dance, the amazingly accurate Bowie Collective make it their mission to give you the Bowie show you always wanted – and will never forget.

Everyman Theatre Association Let’s Be Friends

If you’re passionate about theatre and want to enjoy a host of benefits and discounts, join our membership scheme from only £35 per year! As a Friend, you’ll get access to an exclusive member-only programme of events while supporting your local theatre too! Top image: Sir Ian McKellen Bottom image: Pam Ayres

After all, we all need a Friend...

ETA Benefits include: • Advance notice as soon as shows are confirmed

• Free programmes on renewal of membership

• Priority access

• Programme of social events, including backstage tours and talks

• Invitations to VIP Meet the Cast parties, Director’s Drinks receptions and launches • Regular newsletters to keep you up-to-date with news and events at the Everyman

For more details and to join call the Box Office on 01242 572573 or email boxoffice@everymantheatre.org.uk everymantheatreassociation.org.uk /everymantheatreassociation @everymanfriends

• Ticket discounts • Discounts at various Gloucestershire stores and organisations

You can become one of our Friends from as little as £35! Can you afford not to join….?

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Tue 7 – Sat 11 July Evenings: Tue – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees: Wed, Thu and Sat 2.00pm Tickets from £22 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)


Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, the Olivier award-winning West End and Broadway show is coming to the Everyman Theatre! Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit song-writing team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, with countless classics such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Take Good Care of My Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might as Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof, and The Locomotion.


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Giraffes Can’t Dance Mon 27 – Wed 29 July Mon 4.30pm, Tue 1.00pm and 4.30pm and Wed 10am and 1.00pm Tickets from £12.50 Family Ticket (4 tickets) £54 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)

Gerald the Giraffe has a tall, thin neck and long, slim legs. He’s great at reaching the highest shoots on the tallest trees, but he’s not so good at dancing. Now the annual Jungle Dance is just around the corner, and Gerald is longing to join the waltzing warthogs, rock’n’rolling rhinos and cha-cha cha-ing chimps on the dancefloor. But everyone knows that giraffes can’t dance… or can they? A much-loved book for over 20 years, Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees’ African jungle bursts to life with puppetry, songs, and a company of five playing warthogs, lions, rhinos, chimps – and a very special violin-playing cricket. Perfect for audiences aged 2+, Giraffes Can’t Dance encourages everyone to dance to their own rhythm, and to just be a little more Gerald. 42  Box Office: 01242 572573 Everymantheatre.org.uk


“Cheerful, exuberant theatre for young children” The Stage


“55 minutes of jungle joy!” Beyond the curtain

Dragons and Mythical Beasts Fri 31 July – Sun 2 August Fri 2.00pm and 4.30pm, Sat and Sun 11am and 2.00pm Tickets from £15.50

A brand new adventure from the creators of Dinosaur World Live! Calling all brave heroes! Enter into a magical world of myths and legends in this fantastical new interactive show for all the family. Unveil a myriad of dark secrets and come face to face with some of the most magnificent monsters and terrifying beasts ever to walk the earth. Discover the colossal Stone Troll, the mysterious Indrik and Japanese Baku; the Tooth Fairy (not as sweet as you’d think), an adorable Unicorn and majestic Griffin. Take your place among legendary heroes, just don’t wake the Dragon… From the creators of the West End smash hit Dinosaur World Live, who bring spectacular puppets to life, don’t miss this brand new spell-binding adventure, live on stage! Recommended for ages 3+


“Great fun. Highly recommended for all ages” What’s Good To Do on Dinosaur World Live


“A spectacular interactive show!” OK! Magazine on Dinosaur World Live

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Julian Clary and Matthew Kelly

The Dresser

sponsored by

Presented by The Everyman Theatre and Theatre Royal Bath Productions

Thu 10 – Sat 19 September Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees: Thu and Sat 2.00pm Tickets from £15 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)

Inspired by memories of working as Donald Wolfit’s dresser as young man, Ronald Harwood’s evocative, affectionate and hilarious portrait of backstage life is one of the most acclaimed dramas of modern theatre. It is 1942 and in a war-torn provincial theatre an aging actor manager, known to his loyal acting company as ‘Sir’, is struggling to cling on to his sanity and complete his two hundred and twenty seventh performance of King Lear. It is down to Norman, Sir’s devoted dresser, to ensure that in spite of everything, the show goes on. For sixteen years Norman has been there to fix Sir’s wig, massage his ego, remind him of his opening lines and provide the sound effects in the storm scene.  Norman will be played by one of the UK’s most unique and best loved entertainers. Julian Clary’s successes encompass television, radio, films, writing and stand up comedy, which he has performed all over the world. His West End starring roles range from London Palladium pantomimes to Taboo. Playing ‘Sir’ will be Matthew Kelly, winner of an Olivier Award for Of Mice and Men. His other West End credits include Waiting for Godot with Ian McKellen, Comedians and Troilus and Cressida. His many television credits include the awardwinning thriller Cold Blood, Benidorm, Bleak House and Moving On. Ronald Harwood’s plays include Taking Sides, Equally Divided and Quartet. His screenplay for the film of The Dresser received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Screenplay. He won an Academy Award for The Pianist.

“Riotously funny” Express

“A glorious play” Daily Telegraph

“Poignant, funny and utterly authentic” Mail on Sunday

“A hugely entertaining evening, rich in comic moments” Sunday Times

PREMIUM SEAT PACKAGES AVAILABLE: A VIP experience with exceptional seats and an exclusive Directors’ Lounge package including a complimentary drink and nibbles in our private lounge.

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SELLADOOR PRODUCTIONS and RUNAWAY ENTERTAINMENT present FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL Stage Adaptation by DEAN PITCHFORD and WALTER BOBBIE Based on the Original Screenplay by DEAN PITCHFORD Music by TOM SNOW Lyrics by DEAN PITCHFORD Additional Music by ERIC CARMEN, SAMMY HAGAR, KENNY LOGGINS and JIM STEINMAN Presented by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe


Footloose The Musical Mon 21 – Sat 26 September Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.30pm Matinees: Thu and Sat 2.00pm Tickets from £20 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)

Following two critically acclaimed tours and a West End run, Footloose is back and better than ever with the incredible Gareth Gates (ITV’s Pop Idol, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Miserables, Loserville, Legally Blonde) returning to give a ‘faultless’ performance as loveable cowboy Willard. (Manchester Evening News). City boy Ren thinks life is bad enough when he’s forced to move to a rural backwater in America. But his world comes to a standstill when he arrives at Bomont to find dancing and rock music are banned. Taking matters into his own hands, soon Ren has all hell breaking loose and the whole town on its feet.




Based on the 1980s screen sensation which took the world by storm, Footloose sizzles with spirit, fun and the best in UK musical talent. With cutting edge modern choreography, you’ll enjoy classic 80s hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy and of course the unforgettable title track Footloose.



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INSPIRED BY THE MOTION PICTURE BRING IT ON WRITTEN BY JESSICA BENDINGER Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Ltd.

Bring It On: The Musical Tue 29 September – Sat 3 October Evenings: Tue – Thu and Sat 7.30pm, Fri 5.00pm and 8.30pm Matinees: Wed and Sat 2.30pm Tickets from £20 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)

It’s time to Bring It On as the smash hit Broadway Musical back flips into Cheltenham. Inspired by the film of the same name, Bring It On The Musical takes you on a high-flying, energyfuelled journey which tackles friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness – wrapped up in explosive choreography and tricks. Cheer-royalty and newly crowned Squad Captain, Campbell, should be embarking on her most cheertastic senior year at Truman High School. But when she’s forced to move to the neighbouring hardknock Jackson High, Campbell fears her life is over. But an unlikely friendship catapults Campbell back into contention with a powerhouse squad and the fire to achieve the impossible. Bring It On is written by Tony Award Winners Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q) Tom Kitt (Grease: Live) and lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity) and produced by Selladoor Productions (Flashdance, Avenue Q).

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SIX Mon 26 October – Sat 7 November Evenings: Mon – Thu and Sat 8.00pm, Fri 6.00pm and 8.30pm Matinees: Sat 4.00pm Tickets from £20 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)

Returning for two weeks following a sold out run in January! Think you know the rhyme, think again….

SPECIAL Sing-A-Long performance Friday November 6 @ 6.00pm

From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red. It’s time they told their story. Divorced. Beheaded. LIVE!

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Photography by Johan Persson

A sold out hit in the West End, on its UK Tour and at the Sydney Opera House, soon to open on Broadway and return to Chicago, the multi Olivier Award nominated, international smash hit ‘SIX’ is the phenomenon everyone is losing their head over!

Groan Ups Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd present the Mischief Theatre Production

Mon 16 – Sat 21 November Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees: Thu and Sat 2.00pm Tickets from £21 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)




Something a little different from the creators of The Play That Goes Wrong… Following their phenomenal rise to global success with The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, multi awardwinning Mischief Theatre return on tour with their brand new comedy all about growing up. Do we choose who we become? Is the story of our lives already written? Do we ever really grow up? Follow an unruly classroom of six-year olds on their journey through anarchic high school teenagers to the challenges of adulthood. Bag your tickets early. This is a lesson not to be skipped! Recommended for ages 12+

Photos of the original West End cast. 2020 casting to be announced.

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In The Irving Studio Theatre The Firebird

The Curious Garden

Box of Frogs

Sat 15 February

Fri 21 – Sat 22 February

Tue 3 March

2.00pm and 4.00pm All Tickets £11.50/ £10 Concessions

Fri 4.00pm, Sat 2.00pm and 4.30pm All Tickets £9.50 adults/ £8.00 concessions

7.45pm All Tickets £11.50/ £10 Concessions

A magical telling of the traditional Russian adventure.

Join The MakeShift Ensemble as they bring to life New York Times Award winning Children’s book The Curious Garden, all about one boy’s quest for a greener world... one garden at a time.

For an evening of delight and entertainment that will have you laughing out loud, Box of Frogs, Birmingham’s premier comedy improv group, brings a night of high-octane improvised comedy fun, based entirely on suggestions from you, the audience!

Prince Ivan sets off in search of the fabled Firebird, which has been stealing golden apples from the royal orchard. With the help of Vanya the Wolf, the Horse with the Silver Mane and Princess Yelyena the Fair, he rescues the Firebird from the Tsar of the Frozen Wastes and heads for home. But the adventure has only just begun... The Firebird has delighted audiences across the UK, in Canada, the USA, Chile, Peru and Finland!

While out exploring one day, Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, grey city, transforming it into a lush, green world. An enchanting tale with environmental themes, teaching us that our own care and determination can help change the world . Featuring original music from award winning musician and member of Kneehigh Theatre, Alex Lupo, and a cast of celebrated storytellers and puppeteers, The Curious Garden is a plant tending adventure in full bloom for all the family!

Presented by Multi Story Theatre

Presented by The MakeShift Ensemble

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Expect the unexpected as the quickwitted players conjure up hilarious songs, spontaneous sketches and scenes on the spur of the moment!

In The Irving Studio Theatre Johnny Coppin

Moving Bodies


Everyman Connections

Wed 4 – Thu 5 March

Fri 6 – Sat 7 March

Wed 18 March

Fri 20 – Sat 21 March

8.00pm All Tickets £15.00

Evenings: 7.45pm Matinee: Sat 2.00pm All Tickets £11.50/ £10 concessions

7.45pm All Tickets £11.50/ £10 Concessions

Evenings: 7.45pm Matinee: Sat 2.00pm All Tickets £9.00

Johnny Coppin is a singer/ songwriter and radio presenter who began his career with the folk-rock band Decameron. His many solo albums include Forest & Vale & High Blue Hill (Songs of Gloucestershire), Edge of Day a collaboration with worldfamous writer Laurie Lee, The Winding Stair, Borderland. and his latest album All On A Winter’s Night. His clear voice together with his ability to write fine songs make his music essentially English in character while having universal appeal.

Moving Bodies follows the story of one brave man, turning from soldier to grave digger in the hope of giving his fellow fallen comrades a peaceful place to rest.

Returning to the Irving Studio Theatre after two previous sold-out performances…

‘Burying a friend, that’s what destroys a man…’ he says…

This is my chance to set the record straight about Type 1 diabetics like me. Despite what people say, I’m not bankrupting the NHS. And I can eat cake – a whole bloody cake – if I want to.

The Everyman Youth Theatre and Stagedoor Learning take part in the National Theatre Connections Festival organized by the National Theatre, London, featuring brand new plays written for young people to perform.

This one man show combines brilliant story telling with a mix of old war time songs and an original soundscape to tell this darkly comic, heart wrenching story. ‘…trench warfare should always be a last-ditch effort’.

I’ve had over 70,000 pricks… Of the medical kind.

This urgent, funny new show blends warmly engaging storytelling with poetry and an original soundscape. It tells a surprisingly moving and uplifting story about families and learning to care for each other better.

Performing Tuesday by Allison Carr presented by The Everyman Youth Theatre And Wind/Rush Generation(s) by Mojisola Adebayo presented by Stagedoor Learning First Year Students

Join me as I learn to cope with the ups and downs of dealing with a lot of pricks. Suitable for ages 12+ Presented by Buzz Buzz Buzz

Presented by Open Road Productions

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In The Irving Studio Theatre The Slow Songs Make Me Sad

Jackie Oates and John Spiers

Queer Lady M

Wed 1 April

Sat 4 April

Fri 17 – Sat 18 April

7.45pm All Tickets £11.50/ £10 Concessions

8:00pm All Tickets £15.00

7.45pm All Tickets £11.50/ £10 Concessions

A rollicking night of cabaret storytelling about post-natal depression??!!

Jackie Oates is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk. Her mellifluous voice, plaintive fiddle and tantalizing approach to traditional songs gained her several BBC Folk Awards.

It’s time for Queer Lady M’s cabaret! Performed by Shane Gabriel (Funny Girls), Lady Macbeth comes to life like you’ve never experienced before.

Ten years ago, Chloe started writing a show. It was RAZAMATAZZ. It had a clown, and songs, and something about a grand piano. But then she had kids (which was tricky) and life got in the way. And that show never quite made it through. Now she’s a decade older, Chloe’s decided she’s going to make her comeback and finish it off. This is her chance to make a mark. To deal with the Big Stuff. To leave an inheritance for when she’s gone.

John Spiers has made a name for himself as one of the leading melodeon players of his generation. A key part of the multi award-winning Bellowhead and also well known for his recent work with Peter Knight. Sure to be a wonderful evening this is a rare opportunity to see them together live in such an intimate venue.

With a cheeky glint in its eye and a steely determination to talk about all the things you’re meant to keep quiet, The Slow Songs Make Me Sad blends together hilarious clowning heartfelt storytelling and raucous cello songs. Presented by Buzz Buzz Buzz

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There’s outrageous lip-syncing, cheeky dancing and sassy conversation as Queer Lady M invites you to enter her world of passion and shade. But what happens when the show is over, when Shane removes the makeup and puts Lady M to bed? What stories will come to light as we’re invited into Shane’s twilight world? Find out in 1623’s funny and moving exploration of a unique relationship between alter-ego who join forces to fight tragedy and celebrate queerness. Queer Lady M brings together devised performance, Shakespeare and drag while exploring the real-life experiences of working-class, genderfluid artist Shane Gabriel.

In The Irving Studio Theatre HP Lovecraft:

The VE Day Plays

14 Hope Street

Fri 24 – Sat 25 April

Thu 7 – Sat 9 May

Fri 22 – Sat 23 May

7.45pm All Tickets £11.50/ £10 Concessions

Evenings: 7.45pm Matinee: Sat 2.00pm All Tickets £11.50/ £10 concessions

7.45pm All Tickets £6.00

In these two tales of terror by H P Lovecraft, the American master of the weird tale, an art critic and a philosopher get pushed to the very edge of sanity by the images and sounds they confront.

A new series of plays by the Everyman Theatre’s Writer’s Lab.

If a house could talk what memories would it share and what secrets would it unfold?

Gallery of Screams

Pickman’s Model introduces us to the uncannily brilliant work of Richard Upton Pickman – a genius shunned by the artistic establishment because of his sickening canvases. It is paired here with The Music of Eric Zann, an eerie and baffling tale that Lovecraft himself counted as a personal favourite. Robert Lloyd Parry has spent the last 14 years enacting The M R James Project, a series of one-man shows based on classic English ghost stories. Here he crosses the Atlantic to pay tribute to James’s exact contemporary – a stranger, sadder man but one with an arguably even greater talent for bringing nightmares to life.

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, with stories that explore the themes, history and legacy of this historic event. A thought-provoking, amusing and contemporary night of new writing in the Irving Studio Theatre.

Who has walked through its rooms and what joy or sadness has it seen? Over the decades many lives have been lived in number 14 Hope Street, but what is the connection between the current owners and ghosts from the past? A tale of generations, of moments in history and of family struggles within one Victorian house. Performed by students from the University of Gloucestershire.

Presented by the Everyman Theatre in association with Malvernbard

Presented by the University of Gloucestershire

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In The Irving Studio Theatre Great XXX Grimm Tales

Little XXX Grimm Tales

An Evening with XXX Keith Thompson

Thu 28 13 – Sat Fri 14 30 June May

Thu 13 Wed 27 –– Fri Sat14 30June May

Thu613 Sat June – Fri 14 June

7.45pm 7.45pm Evenings: Matinee: All Tickets Thu £11.50 2.00pm adults/ Tickets:concessions £10.00 £11.50 £10 Concessions

Wed 2.00pm Evenings: 7.45pm and 6.00pm, Matinee: Thu – SatThu 11.30am 2.00pm and 2.00pm Tickets: All Tickets £11.50 £11.50/ £10 Concessions Family Ticket (4 tickets) £40

8.00pm 7.45pm Evenings: Matinee: All Tickets Thu £11.50/ 2.00pm Tickets: £10 Concessions £11.50 £10 Concessions

“Three nights to save a soul.. or the Devil gets his way.”

What if the wishes were granted? What if the magic were real? A stunning new adaptation of Grimm’s most magical tales! Head into the woods with Hansel & Gretel, help the little elves to make beautiful shoes, watch a slimy frog become a prince, and meet the princess who’s champion of hide-and-seek!

British Blues/Rock/Folk musician Keith Thompson is celebrating 50 years as a live performer. This coincides with the release of his 12th album, Transcendence which has already had glowing reviews in the music press. Blues Matters magazine described the album as “Full throttle enjoyment, a musical gem!” R2 magazine said, “It will have you reaching for the repeat button!”

A desperate man.. a last-ditch deal... Some stories never die, and for you the night is just beginning.. Official Sell-Out Show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019, Box Tale Soup present a remarkable new adaptation of Grimm’s most delicious tales. Join us for the weird and wicked, horrible and hilarious… behind the wildest stories, hide the darkest truths. For ages 12+

Join award-winning Box Tale Soup on an adventure for children aged 3+, featuring beautiful puppets, innovative theatre and spellbinding original music. For ages 3+

Presented by Box Tale Soup in association with The Everyman Theatre

Presented by Box Tale Soup in association with The Everyman Theatre

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Keith has toured regularly in Croatia, USA & UK, and is looking forward to returning to the Everymnan Theatre with plans to include old and new material charting his musical journey.

In The Irving Studio Theatre Tess of the XXX D’Ubervilles

Testament XXX of Yootha

Jazz in the Irving XXX Studio Theatre

Thu12 Fri 13- –Sat Fri13 14June June

Thu 13 Wed 24 –- Fri Thu1425June June

Evenings: 7.45pm Matinee: Sat Thu2.00pm 2.00pm Tickets: All Tickets £11.50 £11.50/ £10 Concessions

7.45pm 7.45pm Evenings: Matinee: All Tickets Thu £11.50/ 2.00pm Tickets: £10 Concessions £11.50 £10 Concessions

Tue 14 Thu 13 April – Fri 14 and June Mon 9 November Evenings: 7.45pm

Tess, the daughter of a poor and dissipated villager, learns that she may be descended from the ancient family of D’Urberville. In her search for respectability her story assumes the proportions of a Greek tragedy when she meets two very different men.

Actress/writer Caroline Burns Cooke – creator of And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet (Argus Angel for Outstanding Theatre and Outstanding Individual Performer at Prague Fringe) and Proxy (Infallibles Award nominee for Outstanding Theatre and Ike Award winner for Best Solo Show) – returns with her third show to examine the life of glamorous sitcom legend Yootha Joyce, directed by Mark Farrelly (Quentin Crisp-Naked Hope)

With live music, multiple characterisation, humour and inventiveness, yet another English classic novel is brought wonderfully to life - Hotbuckle style!

Matinee: 8.00pm Thu 2.00pm Tickets: £11.50 All Tickets £18 no concessions £10 Concessions

Cheltenham Jazz presents another series of amazing concerts in the Irving Studio Theatre Featuring: Chris Ingham Quartet: The Jazz of Dudley Moore – Tue 14 April Greg Abate – Mon 9 November

Adored by friends and fans alike, hiding acute alcoholism from those closest to her, lighting up the screen as Mildred Roper in Man about the House and George and Mildred, she died at the height of her fame at only 53. Could have been worse. Could have been a wet Wednesday at Rhyl Rep.

Presented by Hotbuckle

Presented by Cheltenham Jazz

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Calendar Performance








Shirley Valentine Thu 13 – Sat 22 February

Main House


The Slow Songs Make Me Sad Wed 1 April



Tweedy presents: The Missing Company of Sherlock Holmes Sun 16 and Sun 23 February

Main House


The Birthday Party Thu 2 – Sat 11 April

Main House


The Firebird Sat 15 February



Jackie Oates and John Spiers Sat 4 April



The Curious Garden Fri 21 – Sat 22 February



Jazz in the Irving Studio Theatre Tue 14 April



Ten Times Table Mon 24 – Sat 29 February

Main House


Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever Mon 15 – Thu 16 April

Main House


The Elton Show Fri 17 April

Main House


March Band of Gold Mon 2 – Sat 7 March

Main House


Queer Lady M Fri 17 – Sat 18 April



Box of Frogs Tue 3 March



The Carpenters Story Sat 18 April

Main House


Johnny Coppin Wed 4 – Thu 5 March



A Bunch of Amateurs Thu 23 April – Sat 2 May

Main House


Moving Bodies Fri 6 – Sat 7 March



HP Lovecraft: Gallery of Screams Fri 24 – Sat 25 April



Thriller Live Tue 10 – Sat 14 March

Main House



Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em Tue 17 – Sat 21 March

Main House


Birthday Lunch on Stage with the ETA Sun 3 May

Main House


Pricks Wed 18 March



BalletBoyz Tue 5 – Wed 6 May

Main House


Everyman Connections Fri 20 – Sat 21 March



The VE Day Plays Thu 7 – Sat 9 May



The Habit of Art Mon 23 – Sat 28 March

Main House


United in Song Sun 10 May

Main House


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May - Continued




Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Tue 7 – Sat 11 July

Main House


Giraffes Can’t Dance Mon 27 – Wed 29 July

Main House


Dragons and Mythical Beasts Fri 31 July – Sun 2 August

Main House


The Dresser Thu 10 – Sat 19 September

Main House


Footloose The Musical Mon 21 – Sat 26 September

Main House


Bring It On The Musical Tue 29 September – Sat 3 October

Main House


Main House


Main House



Malory Towers Tue 12 – Sat 16 May

Main House


Priscilla Queen of the Desert Mon 18 – Sat 23 May

Main House


14 Hope Street Fri 22 – Sat 23 May



Shrek: The Musical Tue 26 – Sat 30 May

Main House


Little Grimm Tales Wed 27 – Sat 30 May



Great Grimm Tales Thu 28 – Sat 30 May




June An Evening with Keith Thompson Sat 6 June



Million Dollar Quartet Mon 8 – Sat 13 June

Main House


Tess of the D’Ubervilles Fri 12 – Sat 13 June



The Sound of Music Tue 23 – Sat 27 June

Main House


Testament of Yootha Wed 24 – Thu 25 June



The Mozart Question Tue 30 June – Sat 4 July

Main House


Spontaneous Potter Tue 16 June

Main House


The Bowie Collective Wed 17 June

Main House


October Six The Musical Mon 26 October – Sat 7 November

November Groan Ups Mon 16 – Sat 21 November

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Everyman Theatre

How to book

Access Facilities

Regent Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1HQ

Parking for blue badge holders in Regent Street.

The Box Office is open Monday-Saturday for phone bookings 9.30am-6.00pm and in person 9.30am-7.30pm, unless there is no performance, in which case we close at 6.00pm.

Level access for wheelchairs into the theatre from Regent Street.

We are normally closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays; however when a performance is taking place the Box Office will be open 2 hours beforehand.

Wheelchair spaces are available in the Stalls (ramped access). One wheelchair space is available in the Irving Studio Theatre.

Online: everymantheatre.org.uk By telephone: 01242 572573 By Post: Send a cheque payable to ‘Everyman Theatre’ to the Box Office. Please add £1.00 to have your tickets posted to you.

One free ticket (main house only) for the carer of a person with disabilities who cannot attend events unaccompanied. Proof of eligibility in the form of a DLA or PIP certificate is required (except for wheelchair P users or the registered blind) when collecting free carer tickets.


Reservations: Reservations will be held for a maximum of 3 working days. Refunds/Exchanges: We do not refund tickets, (unless the show is cancelled or there is a major change to the production) so please check carefully when booking. We will exchange tickets for another performance of the same production, if available, or, if we have sold out we will offer to resell your tickets; however we offer no guarantee of sale. In both instances 48 hours notice is required and there is a fee of £2.00 per ticket.

Accessible toilets on Stalls level. Guide/assistance dogs welcome.

Changes: This brochure is correct at time of printing. The Everyman Theatre reserves the right to make alterations to the programme, prices and/or casting.


Large print brochures available on request

Late Arrivals: Every effort will be made to admit latecomers as soon as a suitable break occurs, but admission is not guaranteed. Babies/Toddlers: Theatre visits are not suitable for children under two years, except for shows aimed at children. Children under 5 will not be admitted to performances unless the performance is indicated with a C symbol in the brochure. Children under 12 will not be admitted without a parent or guardian. Booster seats are available in the stalls foyer for younger children sitting in Stalls and Circle levels. Parking: The nearest car park is the Regent Arcade multi-storey on Regent St, open from 8.00am-00.30am. Please note: the car park will close to incoming traffic at 8.00pm. Arrive after 5.30pm: £2.50. Arrive before 5.30pm: normal hourly charges apply to your stay. Customers can also pay online for parking before or up to 24 hours after leaving car park at www.cheltenham.gov.uk/parking. Please note: There is no wheelchair access from the Regent Arcade car park when the Regent Arcade shopping centre is closed. Outside pantomime season, the suggested coach drop-off and pickup point is Royal Well Bus Station, but waiting time is limited to 15 minutes. See www.cheltenham.gov.uk/parking for further details. Please note: The management reserves the right to ask any ticket holder causing a disturbance to leave the theatre without refund.

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We have an infra-red sound enhancement system in the main auditorium. Using a headset (with or without a hearing aid), you can boost the volume of the performance. Ask our usher at the kiosk for a headset. We offer; Audio described performances and touch tours. Captioned performances. Sign interpreted performances. Relaxed performances. Please see individual performance pages or our website for further information.

Seating Plan Choose your own seat and book online 24 hours a day everymantheatre.org.uk

Savers Group Savers (GS) Groups of 10+: £2.50 off price bands 1-3. For groups of 20+ organiser’s ticket is free. Education Savers (ES) Special rates for schools and college groups of 10+, price bands 1 (stalls only)-4, limited availability. Group and School Bookings call Sally-Ann Rhodes 01242 695574.

16/25 £5.00 tickets available to customers between the ages of 16 and 25. Lap Seats (LS) Complimentary lap seat tickets available for children under 18 months who will not be occupying their own seat.

Discounts £3.50 off price bands 1-2 for members of the Everyman Theatre Association (£1.50 in Studio Theatre) £2.00 off price bands 1-3 for under 16s, over 60s, NUS cardholders, jobseekers and recipients of income support (£1.50 in Studio Theatre). Only one discount or saver is available per ticket and proof of eligibility is required. All discounts and savers are subject to availability.

Please Note: Green seats may have restricted view or restricted legroom.

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