Open-Air Theatre 

The idyllic, stone built, Tuckwell Amphitheatre is the perfect setting for an Open Air Theatre Festival.

Surrounded by lush trees and shrubs and sheltered from the outside world, this magical venue attracts the very best in touring open-air theatre from across the UK.

This gem of an outdoor festival, tucked away in a secluded corner of Dean Close School, plays host to sublime jazz, classic drama, inspiring Shakespeare, colourful family entertainment, local talent and the enchanting Cinema Under the Stars; during Cheltenham’s Open Air Theatre Festival for two weeks at the end of July to the beginning of August every summer.

The Open-Air Theatre Festival gates open 90 minutes before each show, providing festival goers the perfect opportunity to grab refreshments from the Festival Café or a delicious wood fired pizza from the Old Dough Pizza Company on selected dates.

Magical Surroundings” (Gloucestershire Echo).

A magical experience ALWAYS.” (Audience member)

Imaginative, enthralling and compelling” (Audience member)

Good company, twinkling lights in the dell, a glass of wine before the film, a hot chocolate at the end – what more could anyone want?!” (Audience member)

Open-Air Theatre Festival 2019 Line Up


Cinema Under the Stars

Stan & Ollie

Wednesday 17 July 2019 from 9.15pm
Laurel and Hardy fans will love Stan & Ollie, the heart-warming story of the iconic comedy duo’s final tour around the music halls of Britain and Ireland.

They Shall Not Grow Old

Wednesday 24 July 2019 from 9.15pm
Created from colourised and restored World War One archive footage, Peter Jackson’s feature-length documentary offers an immersive insight into life in the trenches.

Moulin Rouge

Wednesday 31 July 2019 from 9.15pm
Baz Luhrmann’s Oscar award-winning musical tells the story of a penniless English writer who falls in love with a beautiful French courtesan.


The Handlebards: Much Ado About Nothing

Tuesday 16 July 2019 from 7.30pm
Peddling into Cheltenham, the bicycle-powered production company will perform Shakespeare’s famous comedy.

Opera Anywhere: The Mikado

Saturday 20 July 2019 from 7.30pm
With an aim to entertain audiences with lesser known operas, Opera Anywhere will perform The Mikado, a Japanese story of forbidden love and forced marriage.

Folksy Theatre: Comedy of Errors

Sunday 21 July 2019 from 7.30pm
The Shakespearean tale of mistaken identity will be performed with live music, silliness and plenty of audience interaction.

Heartbreak Productions: Gangsta Granny

Tuesday 23 July 2019 from 5.30pm
Touring open-air company, Heartbreak Productions, perform David Walliams’ hilarious tale of Ben’s jewel-robbing Granny.

Boxtree Productions: The Legend of King Arthur

Thursday 25 July 2019 from 6pm
With original songs and staging, the whole family will love this adaption of the enduring story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Jenny Wren Productions: The Scarlet Pimpernel

Friday 26 July 2019 from 7.30pm
A window into British and French history, the Gloucestershire-based company will perform Baroness Orczy’s tale of the French Revolution.

Tethered Wits: Uncle Vanya

Saturday 27 July 2019 from 7.30pm
First performed in 1898, the classic play by Anton Chekhov about the contrast between Russian urban and rural life has been adapted for today’s audiences.

Cheltenham Youth Theatre: Age of Winter

Sunday 28 July 2019 from 6pm
The turn of the area’s rising theatre stars, Cheltenham Youth Theatre will travel to Narnia in a retelling of C.S Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Heartbreak Productions: Wuthering Heights

Tuesday 30 July 2019 from 7.30pm
Heartbreak Productions bring the Yorkshire Moors to Cheltenham with their adaption of Emily Bronte’s only novel.

The Pantaloons: Sense and Sensibility

Thursday 1 August 2019 from 7.30pm
The original coming of age story, Sense and Sensibility tells the story of the Dashwood sisters as they experience romance and heartbreak.

Live Music

Beyond Eternity Promotions LTD: A Swinging Summer Evening with Peter Gill

Thursday 18 July 2019 from 7.30pm
Cheltenham’s answer to Jools Holland, Peter Gill will entertain with his mesmerising vocals and piano-playing.

String Fever

Friday 19 July 2019 from 7.30pm
Famous for their mixing of music and comedy, the string quartet will perform some of the best pieces from across musical genres.