Oliver Twist

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By Jeremy Brock

The scene, the workhouse; the time, night; and the place, that cruel hole where miserable drabs gave birth... A boy was born there… I speak of one named Oliver Twist.’

An innocent boy falls in with a gang of ruffians in a dog-eat-dog world… but enough about the actors!  Dickens’ classic tale of poverty and pick-pocketing, privilege and prosperity is given the Jenny Wren treatment, as a small but perfectly formed cast unravel the secrets of Oliver’s past, portraying all the colourful characters he meets on his perilous path.  Expect laughter and tears, surprises and fears; but not Lionel Bart’s musical – we can’t sing!

Oliver Twist image in sepia

Previous Jenny Wren Productions include A Child in the Forest, Around the World in 80 Days, The Pickwick Papers and last year’s Brief Encounter. What’s that you say? You want some MORE…? Well, look no further – ‘Oliver’s in town’.

Praise for previous Jenny Wren Productions: “Humorous and poignant, comic and tragic… a great night out” - Joyce Matthews, Gloucestershire Echo

In the open-air – please bring a chair or blanket.


The Mysterious Gentleman

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Written by Jarek Adams and directed by Jenny Wicks

John Nevil Maskelyne was a master magician. His illustrious career began when he exposed charlatan spiritualists in Cheltenham Town Hall. He then went on to create illusions that amazed Victorian audiences, and still astonish people today. But why did he explore dark magic? Were his powers supernatural? And who was the "Mysterious Gentleman" in black?

This new production uses a combination of stage magic and theatre to tell the story of this Cheltenham-born showman.

Cheltenham PlayhouseMysterious Gentleman image in sepia
Thurs 8th-Sat 10th May 2014 7.45pm
Tickets £10.00
Box Office: 01242 522852


The Hound of the Baskervilles

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Jenny Wren Productions Ltd presents

the hound of the baskervilles

By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson


‘Holmes, this is no time to panic.’
‘Goodness me, Watson, this is the perfect time to panic!’


Like a dog with a bone, Jenny Wren Productions highly acclaimed and entirely irreverent version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tail The Hound of the Baskervilles returns! Three actors work like dogs to play all the characters in this fast-paced, barking comedy that will leave you howling with laughter!

Our heroes Holmes and Watson show dogged determination as they take on the terrier-fying case of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Their investigation leads them to follow the scent of escaped convicts, country yokels and suspicious-looking men (and women) with suspicious beards, and to pick bones with some of the more eccentric members of the Baskerville pedigree.

The Hound of the Baskervilles in rehearsal

We’ll try not to make a dog’s biscuit of it, as we’re hoping for a round of appaws at the end.

"Yes writers Steven Canny and John Nicholson, aided and abetted by director Jenny Wicks and her wonderful Jenny Wren Productions company, have stolen Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic story and beaten it about the head with humour"  Cheltenham Echo.


The Hound of the Baskervilles in rehearsal

The Pickwick Papers

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The Pickwick Papers

By Doc Watson, adapted from Charles Dickens

Members of the Pickwick Club… Welcome to you all!

In this year of Charles Dickens’ bicentenary, Jenny Wren Productions bring you an action-packed adaptation of his first novel, The Pickwick Papers.

We invite you to join the jolly Mr Pickwick and his friend Mr Winkle as they journey around the English countryside. Warning: along the way, you may find yourselves embroiled in a series of adventures, accidents, and altercations – there will be fights, chases, elopements and even, if you’re not careful, a prison stay. All the classic characters will be there – cheerful Cockney Sam Weller, comic villain Mr Jingle and sleepy Joe, aka ‘Fat Boy’.

Stagecoaches are unsettling in all directions, horses are bolting, boats overturning and boilers are bursting... Today my travels begin.



the Pickwick Papers

Paved With Gold: The Street Child's Tale

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Paved With Gold: The Street Child's Tale

by Holly Tonks

“Morning Chronicle! Get your Morning Chronicle here!”

Victorian London. A Newspaper Boy eagerly awaits the latest instalment of London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew.

Henry and his brother Augustus Mayhew toured the streets of London during the late 1840s interviewing the people who lived and worked on the streets. Paved with Gold focuses on the plight of the children – introducing us to such real-life characters as the Crossing Sweep, the Pickpocket and the Watercress Girl; “I ain’t never seen no children cry – there ain’t no use”.

Blending puppetry and verbatim theatre, the interviews are entwined with the Newspaper Boy's story to tell of the glimmers of hope and tragedy genuinely experienced by these children.

Suitable for ages 9 and upwards.

Sponsored by the Everyman Theatre Education Dept. and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Monday May 28th-Friday June 1st 2012, 7.45pm

Everyman Studio TheatreTickets just £4.50

Box Office: 01242 572573



Paved with gold

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