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Grand Hotel

8th - 13th October 2018
The Barn Theatre, Cirencester
Opening night in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

The award-winning team that brought us Jekyll & Hyde now join together to bring us this stunning but rarely performed musical.  Full of Charleston, wonderful music, humour and many character parts large and small this is a great one for COS to get its teeth into.

Based on the 1929 Vicki Baum novel and play, Menschen im Hotel (People in a Hotel), and the subsequent 1932 MGM feature film, the musical focuses on events taking place over the course of a weekend in an elegant hotel in 1928 Berlin and the intersecting stories of the eccentric guests of the hotel, including a fading prima ballerina; a fatally ill Jewish bookkeeper, who wants to spend his final days living in luxury; a young, handsome, but destitute Baron; a cynical doctor; an honest businessman gone bad, and a typist dreaming of Hollywood success.

The show's 1989 Broadway production garnered 12 Tony Award nominations, winning five, including best direction and choreography for Tommy Tune. Big-name cast replacements, including Cyd Charisse and Zina Bethune, helped the show become the first American musical since 1985's Big River to top 1,000 performances on Broadway.


 

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MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

6th – 11th May 2019, 7.30pm
The Barn Theatre, Cirencester

A Sondheim musical set in the time frame of 1957 to 1976. The story revolves around Franklin Shepard who, having once been a talented composer of Broadway musicals, has now abandoned his friends and his songwriting career to become a producer of Hollywood movies. The musical begins at the height of his Hollywood fame and moves backwards in time, showing snapshots of the most important moments in Frank's life that shaped the man that he is today.

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HALF A SIXPENCE

11th – 16th November 2019, 7.30pm
The Barn Theatre, Cirencester

The classic musical comedy surrounds Arthur Kipps, a shop boy, who comes into money, which only causes him trouble. Famous numbers include Half a Sixpence and Flash Bang Wallop. It was made famous by the film featuring Tommy Steele, and was revived in 2016 in the West End with five-star reviews and audience acclaim.

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