About Promenade Productions
In February 1984 a group of people who were interested in forming a new amateur dramatic society met at the Savoy Hotel in Cheltenham after seeing a small advert in the Gloucetsershire Echo. The result of that meeting and some initial funding from Bovis Homes plans were made to perform 'Oklahoma' at the Shaftesbury Hall Theatre in Cheltenham.
The first production team was made up of Richard Sharpe (Musical Director), John and Gill Pannett (Director and Choreographer) with guidance and support from Anne Emery and Catherine Newman (rehearsal pianist).
Shaftesbury Hall continued to be the home for Promenade Productions until the theatre was redeveloped into a housing complex at which time we took the decision to move to The Bacon Theatre at Dean Close school. This was a challenge but also an exciting opportunity, a purpose built theatre and a much larger seating capacity. This continues to be the home of our annual family pantomime.
In July 2019 we trod new boards, for us, at the Playhouse Theatre in Cheltenham, and plan to perform our summer production here in 2020 and beyond.
Some of the original cast from that 1984 production are still members of the society today and John Pannett is the societies chairman
The community of Promenade Productions is very special, welcoming new members - children and adults alike and continuing to entertain the people of Cheltenham and surrounding area's.