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Your last chance to catch: Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings is proving to be quite the success and has received this fantastic review on Gloucestershire Live!

Your last chances to see Season's Greetings are this week, Tuesday 7th - Saturday 11th November, and if you're very quick, there is still time to take advantage of our limited £7 TICKET FLASH SALE for TUESDAY TICKETS!!  Just follow the instructions in our recent Facebook post:

Posted: Monday, 6 November, 2017 - 22:35

You're Invited to our Christmas Party!

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Company Christmas Party and End of Year Review
Wednesday 6th December 2017

Mark the details in your calendar!
You are invited to our Christmas Party and End of Year Review for all company members. As well as providing an opportunity to review the events of the past year, there will be a few small performances, music and decorations to enjoy.

Date & Time: Starting at 7:30 PM
Wednesday 6th December 2017
Location: Green Room, The Playhouse Theatre
Cost: Members - Free
Non-members - Donation
Please bring: Party food for the table and your best Christmas wear!
Posted: Thursday, 26 October, 2017 - 19:18

Announcing: THE MEMORY OF WATER by Shelagh Stephenson, with Reading & Audition dates

We are excited to announce our March 2018 production will be Shelagh Stephenson's

The Memory of Water

Winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2000, and directed by Liz Maisey.

On the eve of their mother's funeral three sisters meet, bicker and reveal the conflicts of the past and its grip on the present.

"The play offers a superb mix of wild humour and bruising emotion"

- Daily Telegraph


Readings and auditions are open to all, so please join us!

Readings: 19:30,  Tuesday 17th October
  19:30,  Wednesday 15th November
Auditions: 19:30,  Monday 20th November
  19:30,  Thursday 23rd November
Performances: Wednesday 7th - Saturday 10th March 2018
Posted: Saturday, 23 September, 2017 - 22:17

Readings and Auditions: Seasons Greetings

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Alan Ayckbourn's Seasons Greetings is our 2017 Autumn production, the evening will be hosted by the director Malcolm Ball.

Play readings are designed to be a low pressure environment for people to acquaint themselves with the production and characters There is no pressure to read if you would prefer just to listen!

AUDITIONS - MON 17th & WED 19th JULY 7.30PM

Posted: Tuesday, 4 July, 2017 - 22:39

" 'Allo 'Allo " from the cast of our upcoming comedy

With just days to go before the opening night of our upcoming comedy, 'Allo 'Allo, our crews are hard at work building René's famous café. Tickets are selling fast, so book yours now to avoid disappointment!

Gloucestershire Live recently published a comprehensive preview, including this this message from our fabulous cast...

Posted: Sunday, 11 June, 2017 - 19:15

A sneak peek at 'Allo 'Allo, with pictures

Cast PhotoNow less than a month away, tickets are selling fast for our summer production; the stage version of popular BBC TV sitcom 'Allo 'Allo.
Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

Based on the hugely successful British television series that ran for seven seasons, this uproarious comedy relates the adventures of a hapless cafe owner, Rene, in occupied France.

He and his wife have stashed a priceless portrait stolen by the Nazis in a sausage in their cellar, where two British airmen are also hiding until the Resistance can repatriate them. Communications with London using the wireless that is disguised as a cockatoo add to the many embarrassments this intrepid proprietor endures in the company of his patrons. News that the Fuhrer is scheduled to visit the town inspires tricksters disguised as Hitler to frequent the cafe. Meanwhile Rene summons all the wit he can muster to save his cafe and his life.

"Listen very carefully, I will say this only once" - you will revel in the latest stage production of the TV cult comedy classic 'Allo 'Allo! You won't be able to help yourselves. – The Stage

"Good moaning. You stupid woman. Ze flashing knobs. I was just hanging up the knockwurst when I remembered all the happy times we had in 'ere. Yes, it's 'Allo 'Allo! and it is coming back." – The Guardian

Special thanks to the real Cafe Rene in Gloucester for allowing us to take over their beautiful venue.


Check out the 'Allo 'Allo page or our Photo Gallery for more teasing pictures...

Posted: Tuesday, 23 May, 2017 - 20:45

AlbieMedia publishes outstanding review of A Doll's House

​AlbieMedia has published an wonderfully positive and extensive review of our premiere performance of A Doll's House.

A Doll’s House cast on stage

"A frank depiction of the inner workings of married life and the theme of women’s liberation caused uproar on its premiere in 1879. While this subject matter was enough to shock conservative theatre-goers at the time, even today the play has lost none of its emotional impact, particularly when handled as masterfully as in the Playhouse Company’s new production." - AlbieMedia

Repeating in a similarly positive theme to the comments already passed on by other audience members of our opening night, the review concludes:

A Doll’s House cast on stage"It is the sheer amount of thought that has gone into this production that sets it apart from a lot of classic revivals. The production team and cast have not relied on gimmicks to try and hook a modern audience, what they have done here is bring a complex, challenging piece to full blooded life, with an abundance of care and passion, transforming what seems dry and didactic on the page into sparkling, compelling theatre. Perhaps the most ringing endorsement one can give is that given that the play runs for 3 acts, this is one of those rare performances that will keep the audience engaged for every minute of its near 3 hour run time. If this review has hinted at a production full of subtlety and surprises, please go and see for yourself. There is more to discover here than these simple words can convey." - AlbieMedia

The full review can be read on the AlbieMedia website:

A Doll's House runs until Saturday the 11th of March. Tickets are just £11 and available from The Playhouse Theatre box office on 01242 522852 or book online.

Posted: Saturday, 4 March, 2017 - 11:31

Gloucestershire Live previews A Doll's House

Read more about our upcoming production of A Doll's House in the Gloucestershire Echo / Gloucestershire Live's wonderful preview. Curtains-up from tomorrow, Friday 3rd March 2017. Some tickets remain, so grab yours now!

Posted: Thursday, 2 March, 2017 - 21:16

Cast of "A Doll's House" are hard at work...

Our wonderful cast of A Doll's House are hard at work in rehearsals, but there's still time to book the perfect seat.  With tickets on a special opening night offer of £7.50 and then just £11 per seat, you wont want to miss out!

So kick start this spring and treat yourself to an evening at the Theater, without breaking the bank.  Book online, or through the Playhouse Theatre box office.

A Dolls House rehearsals collage

Posted: Thursday, 9 February, 2017 - 21:21

Announcing two new productions: 'Allo 'Allo, and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

We are delighted to announce the confirmation of two further 2017 productions:

June 2017

‘Allo ‘Allo
Written by Jeremy Lloyd & David Croft
Directed by Mike Fuller

This popular, farcical, British sit-com is a real Company show with 13 key roles (8m + 5f) as well as many other minor roles.  We also needs an on-stage pianist.  Our readings and auditions are open to anyone, so please come along and join us.

READING: Tuesday 17th January 2017, 7.30pm at the Playhouse Theatre
Readings are an excellent opportunity to discover more about the characters in the play, to learn the plot and to meet other company members prior to auditions, which, are expected to take place the following week. You're welcome to read a part, or simply listen in - so come and join us.

AUDITIONS: Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th January 2017, 7.30pm at the Playhouse Theatre

For more information, please get in touch.

November 2017  

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
​By Jay Presson Allen, adapted from the novel by Muriel Spark
Directed by Carol Meredith

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a gripping, entertaining, powerful drama of adolescence and adulthood, of betrayal and manipulation, and the powerful, lasting effect of a charismatic teacher.

Posted: Sunday, 8 January, 2017 - 18:33