The Playhouse Cheltenham



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Originally built as a spa in the early 19th century, The Playhouse didn't become a theatre until 1945, when it was serving as an ARP Centre. Its first production was Shaw's Arms & The Man, on 9th April 1945, which is believed to make it the only new theatre to begin operation during WWII. After a fire in 1950, and plenty of rebuilding and reorganisation it became a volunteer-run venue in 1957, which it remains to this day. As well as staging plays and musicals, The Playhouse shows many films, mainly classics, and also engages with local charities and community groups.

The Playhouse Cheltenham
47-53 Bath Road,CHELTENHAM,GL53 7HG


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Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.

Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.


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