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Cheltenham Open-Air Theatre Festival

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Cheltenham’s annual Open-Air Theatre Festival is returning to Bacon Theatre's Tuckwell Amphitheatre for more alfresco drama, music, cinema under the stars and a whole heap of family fun.

The Tuckwell Amphitheatre at Cheltenham’s Bacon Theatre will be playing host to the Open-Air Theatre Festival once again in 2014, giving music lovers, drama fans, film buffs and families the perfect opportunity to pack deck chairs and picnics for a host of must-see events.

Celebrating its 11th birthday, organisers say audiences can look forward to celebrating sun drenched days and starlit nights in style, with gripping drama, sublime music, film and family fun lined up between Friday 18 July and Friday 1 August 2014.

On behalf of Bacon Theatre, Jess Waterman said: ‘For us, summer is our most treasured time of year because we get to open the gates to the Tuckwell Amphitheatre again for live theatre experiences like no other, including brilliant family entertainment and cinema in the most incredible surroundings.’

A real highlight of this year’s event will be the Every Voice Community Choir’s inaugural festival production, aptly entitled Go Alfreso.

Jess added: ‘We are delighted to welcome the Cheltenham Every Voice Choir to the Tuckwell for an uplifting evening of songs. Filling the amphitheatre with gorgeous melodies and rousing tunes; its repertoire promises the ultimate feel-good evening under the stars.’

Set in an idyllic spot, the Open-Air Theatre Festival will once again be catering to an eclectic range of audiences all hoping for another jam-packed fortnight of alfresco entertainment – with the gates opening an hour-and-a-half before each performance for festival-goers to enjoy picnics, and organisers advising to bring low-backed seating and come prepared for all weathers.

History of Britain play

Friday 18 July 2014, from 7.30pm

Featuring mud, blood and stiff upper-lips, the vibrant Pantaloons theatre company will present the history of our country as you’ve never seen it before. Described as ‘delightfully inventive and historically hysterical’, and brimming with songs, sketches and silliness, the History of Britain looks set to be a breathless race through the centuries in Cheltenham.

Hugless Douglas play

Sunday 20 July 2014, from 5pm

Offering the perfect summer’s eve outing for Gloucestershire families, Hugless Douglas is the delightful new show from Blunderbus theatre company, which tells the tale of a huggable, lovable brown bear who wakes up one morning in need of a hug. Aimed at little cubs aged three to seven, expect an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and high energy storytelling.

Sunshine on Leith film screening

Tuesday 22 July 2014, from 9.15pm

The first Cinema Under the Stars event will see 2013 feel-good move, Sunshine on Leith, beamed onto the alfresco screen, with a euphoric soundtrack provided by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. Based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, the movie tells the tale of a tight-knit family and the three couples bound to it, as they experience the joys and heartache that punctuate all relationships.

The Merchant of Venice play

Wednesday 23 July 2014, from 7.30pm

The hugely popular Rain of Shine theatre company will be delivering another gripping production that weaves a web of romantic intrigue, cunning duplicity and comic foolery in The Merchant of Venice.

Pride and Prejudice play

Friday 25 July 2014, from 7.30pm

Dance with Mr Darcy, converse with the ladies of society and steep yourself in all the warmth and humour of Jane Austen’s England, in Heartbreak’s witty and engaging adaptation of this regency classic.

Go Alfresco concert

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July 2014, from 7.30pm

Music lovers will be heading out to hear the Every Voice Community Choir’s first festival production, Go Alfresco, which will feature its latest repertoire of songs spanning the eras.

Cocktail film screening

Tuesday 29 July 2014, from 9.15pm

A delectable summer’s eve under the stars in the company of Tom Cruise is promised, when Cocktail takes to the silver screen at Tuckwell Amphitheatre. The film sees a New York bartender take a job in Jamaica, where he falls in love with a pretty, young, up-and-coming American artist on vacation. A definite one for the ladies.

The Tempest play

Wednesday 30 July 2014, from 7.30pm

The Pantaloons return for their second festival performance, this time to take audience members of all ages on a voyage to an enchanted island full of adventure, romance, magic and monsters, in The Tempest – complete with music, mayhem, poetry and puppetry.

Oliver Twist play

Friday 1 August 2014, from 7.30pm

Dickens’ classic tale of poverty and pick-pocketing, privilege and prosperity will be given the Jenny Wren treatment, as a small but perfectly formed cast unravels the secrets of Oliver’s past, portraying all the colourful characters he meets on his perilous past.

Cheltenham Open-Air Theatre Festival 2014
Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6HE
Friday 18 July 2014; Sunday 20 July 2014; Tuesday 22 July 2014; Wednesday 23 July 2014; Friday 25 to Sunday 27 July 2014; Tuesday 29 July 2014; Wednesday 30 July 2014; Friday 1 August 2014
Times vary per specific event, see above for details.
Ticket prices range between £5.50 and £13 per individual event. See above for details.
(01242) 258002

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Monday 12 May 2014

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