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.

In July 2019 we trod new boards, for us, at the Playhouse Theatre in Cheltenham with our successful production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. After such a difficult 18 months for everyone we are looking forward to performing our first traditional pantomime Dick Whittington at the Playhouse in February 2022.

 

Some of the original cast from that 1984 production are still members of the society today and John Pannett is the society's chairman

 

The community of Promenade Productions is very special, welcoming new members and continuing to entertain the people of Cheltenham and surrounding area's.