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23rd - 27th May 2023
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed

Stage Director: Sheila Ham

Musical Director: Phil Storer

Choreographer: Stuart Driscol

Making a splash with The Cotswold Savoyards!

Journey back to the glamour of Hollywood during the roaring 20's. Silent movie star Don Lockwood has it all, a string of hit films and a studio-engineered romance with the most beautiful actress in town. What Don doesn't know is that the silver screen is about to find its voice, and a chance meeting with a talented young chorus girl set to steal his heart promises to change both Don, and Hollywood, forever. High-energy choreography and sumptuous set design combine with the charm, romance and wit of one of the world's best-loved films.

Singin' in the Rain features the glorious MGM score including Good Morning, Make 'Em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the legendary Singin' in the Rain.

Don't save it for a rainy day, book your tickets now!

Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc.

Music Published by EMI, all rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.

Original Movie Choreography by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen.

Produced by Arrangement With Maurice Rosenfield, Lois F. Rosenfield and Cindy Pritzker, Inc.

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International.

All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI - www.mtishows.co.uk

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8th - 12th November 2022
Playhouse, Cheltenham

By Gilbert and Sullivan


Stage Director: Diana Dodd

Musical Director: David Manifold

Chorus Master: Tom Mullins

Choreographer: Penny Shewell


Brothers Marco and Giuseppe, both Venetian gondoliers, have only one goal in mind - to marry Gianetta and Tessa, the girls of their choice. However, they are shocked to discover that one of them is the heir to the kingdom of Barataria, and as such was betrothed as an infant to Casilda, the daughter of Duke and Duchess of Plaza Toro. In true Gilbertian style, all they have to do is work out which brother is which. Gilbert's pithy commentary on social climbing and misguided notions of equality perfectly complements the exuberant music from Sullivan, in a colourful, energetic show that includes the well-known "Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes" and "Dance a Cachuca."

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2nd - 5th November 2022
Playhouse, Cheltenham


Stage Director: Helen Carter

Musical Director: Vickie Long

Choreographer: Shelley de Boer


Journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr, adapted from Disney's Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music by Alan Menken and delightfully charming book and lyrics by Doug Wright, Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home and her fins behind and live in the world above. But first, she will have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.

Let your imaginations run wild in the fantasy of being underwater and have fun embarking on your own journey in mysterious fathoms below to discover Ariel's voice.

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12th - 16th April 2022
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Lyrics by Lindsay and Crouse

Stage Director: Helen Carter

Musical Director: David Manifold

Choreographer: Shelley de Boer


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 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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16th - 20th November 2021
The Playhouse, Cheltenham

Music by Joshua Salzman
Book and Lyrics by Ryan Cunningham
Orchestrations by Larry Hochman

Stage Director: Darren Garraghan

Musical Director: Paul McLaughlin

Choreographer: Emily Abbott


Set in modern-day New York City, with a nod toward Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and the exploration of what attracts people to one another, this hilarious musical is the story of a young, uptight greeting card writer whose life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer. Along with their friends and siblings, they learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them.

I Love You Because takes its inspiration from American situation comedies such as Friends and How I Met Your Mother and integrates it with modern musical theatre. The wonderful thing about this 6-hander, is that it still has the one-liners, eccentric characters, and domestic quirkiness of a TV comedy but with songs - great songs.

Not suitable for those aged under 15 (contains infrequent strong language).

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12th and 13th November 2021
The Playhouse, Cheltenham

Musical Director: David Manifold


The Cotswold Savoyards present an autumn concert, a wonderful, fun-filled evening of musical theatre favourites and classic songs from the West End - and, yes, there will be some Gilbert & Sullivan in there too! What better way to celebrate the return of live Musical Theatre, than this toe-tapping medley of songs that will fill your heart with joy and love of the Theatre and everything that we have missed for the last 18 months?

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4th - 9th November 2019
The Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham

Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Sammy Fain

Stage Director: Sheila Ham

Musical Director: David Manifold


Following the highly acclaimed My Fair Lady and Oliver! The Cotswold Savoyards proudly present the classic musical Calamity Jane.

Calamity can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood. Hard, boastful and desperate to impress, she travels to Chicago on the Deadwood Stage to recruit a star, Adelaide Adams. But things don’t go too smoothly for Calamity, as everyone in town favours the new girl and she struggles to keep her jealousy and pride in check. It takes her long standing enemy Wild Bill Hickock to make her see sense, and realise her Secret Love.

With an Oscar nominated score that includes The Black Hills of Dakota, The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away), Just Blew in from the Windy City and the Award winning song Secret Love.

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14th - 18th May 2019
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

By Lionel Bart

Stage Director: Sarah Dyer

Musical Director: David Manifold


The Cotswold Savoyards proudly present one of the most beloved British musicals, Oliver!, vividly bringing to life Dickens' timeless characters with its ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more. The sensational score is full of Lionel Bart's irresistible songs including Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You've Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two, I'd Do Anything, Oom Pah Pah, As Long As He Needs Me and many more.

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16th - 17th & 22nd - 24th November 2018
The Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham

By Gilbert & Sullivan

Stage Director: Diana Dodd

Musical Director: David Manifold


Iolanthe is a brilliantly funny, satirical fantasy, revealing a typically Gilbert & Sullivan topsy-turvy worldview. Based on W.S. Gilbert´s Bab Ballard, ‘The Fairy Curate’, Iolanthe is set 25 years after fairy Iolanthe committed the ultimate crime: marrying a mortal. Pardoned for her crime she begs the Fairy Queen to help her half-human, half-fairy son Strephon, to marry his beloved Phyllis. Unfortunately the evil Lord Chancellor wants Phyllis for himself, so naturally the fairies invade parliament so the boy can win the girl (and have a lot of fun with a few Peers).

Iolanthe is one of librettist W.S Gilbert and composer Sir Arthur Sullivan´s many comic operas. The Victorian duo were brought together in 1875 by theatre manager Richard D´Oyly Carte, whose Savoy Theatre was established as a showcase for their works. Gilbert and Sullivan are perhaps best known for their operetta´s, The Pirates of Penzance (1879) and The Mikado (1885).

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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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17th & 18th, 22nd - 25th November 2017
The Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham

By Stephen Sondheim

Stage Director: Caroline Young

Musical Director: Sue Black


Meet Desirée, 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 Desirée'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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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.



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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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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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.

This is one of Cole Porter's best musicals. It is light, frothy, frivolous, full of song, dance and will be a great company show. It is set mainly on board ship and has a wide range of characters from old(ish) to young(ish).

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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.

Its score – including 'Losing My Mind', 'I'm Still Here' and 'In Buddy's Eyes' – squashes the still prevalent idea that Sondheim can't write a tune. In its clever use of pastiche it's a love letter to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and all those other writers who made the musical one of 20th-century America's major contributions to the arts.

The audience will be haunted by the memory of a musical which brings past and present into collision on stage, placing slender young ghosts and middle-aged wobbling flesh side by side in an endlessly bewitching and unsentimental pas de deux of regret.

Maybe that is part of the greatness of 'Follies'. The less it is done, the more you want to see it. The further you are away from it, the more it ensnares you. The older you get, the more it speaks to you. 'Follies' plays exquisitely on the unreliability of memory and the transitory nature of theatre; it is a stark warning against the distorting dangers of nostalgia. But those of us who glimpse it are caught up in its spell and yearn to stop it vanishing through the cracks of memory.

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Recent Shows ...

The Sound of Music

I Love You Because

Calamity Jane



My Fair Lady

A Little Night Music

Broadway Pirates

Princess Ida

Anything Goes


Cox & Box / HMS Pinafore

Strike Up The Band

The Mikado

Jekyll and Hyde



A Night to Remember

Titanic, the Musical

More ...

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