Community Events

Theatre and other Events at Church Stretton School  

We are working hard to make the school; Theatre; and Cinema locally accessible and inclusive in Church Stretton .


Our Satellite Live screenings give all of us in the Stretton’s a chance to see top quality productions filmed live from the country’s most famous theatre venues. How lucky we are to have such a lovely local and easily accessible facility which is also available to many local community organisations to hold their events.

How lucky we are to have such a lovely local and easily accessible facility which is also available to many local community organisations to hold their events.

Our Summer Programme continues on 3rd July with Flicks in the Sticks showing of THE BFG.    Based on the story by Roald Dahl a girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant in this epic film.

 Our school SUMMER CONCERT is to be held on 19th July. An annual school event that is extremely popular.

 Then – commencing on 31st July, with the Arts Exhibition Opening Reception - our local CHURCH STRETTON ARTS FESTIVAL offers you an extravaganza of Music, Drama, Pictures and Crafts over a period of 2 weeks at the start of the Summer Holidays.

 We have a great mix of events lined up for our Autumn Programme and into 2018. Some of which are shown here.

Flicks in the Sticks: Whisky Galore [pg]

Monday 8th January

7.30pm £4/£2

Remake of a 1949 Ealing classic of the same name, which itself was based on a real-life incident that occurred in 1941 on the Hebridean island of Eriskay when the SS Politician ran aground. The tale of how a group of local Scottish islanders raided a shipwreck for its consignment of 24,000 cases of whisky quickly became legend. Whiskey Tasting anyone? (drink responsibly)


Tuesday 16th January 2018

Organisation: ROH Opera

7.15pm £12/£6

David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s potent and tragic opera is conducted by Alexander Joel, with an excellent cast led by Dimitri Platanias, Lucy Crowe and Michael Fabiano.

Rigoletto arranges to have the Duke assassinated. But Gilda still loves the womanizing Duke and sacrifices herself in his place. Rigoletto eagerly uncovers the corpse only to find instead his fatally wounded daughter, who dies in his arms.

Flicks in the Sticks: Victoria and Abdul [pg]

Monday 5th February

7.30pm £4/£2


Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favour with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.

Twelfth Night

Wednesday 14th February 2018

Organisation: RSC

7.00pm £12/£6

Book your pre-theatre meals for this event in THE PLACE Restaurant and reserve seats in the theatre. A fantastic meal prepared by our award-winning chef. Two-courses with wine or soft drink - £13.50 

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...

The Winters Tale

Wednesday 28th February 2018

Organisation: ROH Ballet

7.15pm £12/£6

Book your pre-theatre meals for this event in THE PLACE Restaurant and reserve seats in the theatre. A fantastic meal prepared by our award-winning chef. Two-courses with wine or soft drink - £13.50

Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot.

King Leontes, possessed by a mad jealousy, believes his pregnant wife Hermione to be having an affair with his childhood friend King Polixenes. His actions tear their families apart.

Hermione’s baby daughter is abandoned and Hermione and their son die of distress. The baby Perdita, rescued by a shepherd, grows up to fall in love with Florizel, son of Polixenes. The young couple is reunited with the remorseful Leontes and Hermione returns from the dead.

Flicks in the Sticks: The Death of Stalin [TBC 15]

Monday 5th March

7.30pm £4/£2


In the days following Stalin's collapse, his core team of ministers tussle for control; some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They're all just desperately trying to remain alive.


Tuesday 6th March 2018

Organisation: ROH Opera

6.45pm £12/£6

The young soldier Don José intends to marry Micaëla, a girl from his home village. But when he meets the sensual and fiercely independent Carmen, he sacrifices everything to be with her.

Carmen grows bored of Don José and falls in love with Escamillo. Unable to bear her leaving him, Don José tracks Carmen down and murders her.

This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.

Shrewsbury Police Male Voice Choir

Rotary Club of Church Stretton

A Charity event in aid of PolioPlus, the Rotary campaign to eradicate Polio.

Friday 16th March 2018

7.30pm £…..

The choir was formed in 1983 with just seven members. Initially, the choir was made up of serving and retired police officers, together with members of the Special Constabulary, but has since opened up membership to invited members of the community.

Since its humble beginnings, the choir has established a large musical repertoire and given many concerts. It is proud to have helped to raise over £200,000 for charitable and other worthy causes in Shropshire, Wales and the West Midlands. It has taken part in massed concerts at the Albert Hall, Cardiff Arms Stadium, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Manchester’s MEN Arena. The choir has undertaken a number of tours to the West Country, singing with choirs from Cornwall, The Isle Of Wight and Wells


National Theatre

Thursday 22nd March 2018

7.45pm £12/£6

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake. 

Dance overture 2018

Shropshire Academy of Performing Arts (Incorporating SSDD)

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March

Times and ticket cost TBC





The Royal Ballet

Tuesday 27th March

7.15pm £12/£6


Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free andWest Side Story. To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music. The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Auden’s masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II

Book your pre-theatre meals for this event in THE PLACE Restaurant and reserve seats in the theatre.

A fantastic meal prepared by our award-winning chef.                                           

Two-courses with wine or soft drink - £13.50

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof [15 tbc]

National Theatre - The Young Vic and The Young Ones present this Young Vic production. Captured live in front of an audience

Thursday 19th April

7.00pm £12/£6 


Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) starred Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?


Thursday 3rd May 2018

Organisation: Royal Ballet

7.15pm £12/£6

Book your pre-theatre meals for this event in THE PLACE Restaurant and reserve seats in the theatre. A fantastic meal prepared by our award-winning chef.  Two-courses with wine or soft drink - £13.50

Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful telling of Manon and Des Grieux’s tragic love is a masterpiece of modern ballet, set to music by Massenet. Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she can’t resist.

Spring  Concert - Church Stretton Choral Society

Saturday 5th May 2018

7.30 pm £tbc


Schubert Mass in G and Eternal Light - a requiem by Howard Goodall, plus short supporting pieces by Beethoven and Mendelssohn."

Swan Lake

Tuesday 12th June 2018

Organisation: Royal Ballet

7.15pm £12/£6

Book your pre-theatre meals for this event in THE PLACE Restaurant and reserve seats in the theatre. A fantastic meal prepared by our award-winning chef. Two-courses with wine or soft drink - £13.50

 The Royal Ballet presents a new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane.

Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.

Church Stretton Arts Festival

July 28th – August 12th 2018

To whet your appetite, we have the following excellent selection of musical concerts lined up for next year… other events, including Drama, will be added later…

We are very pleased to invite back members of the London Mozart Players to open the Festival, who were enthusiastically received in 2016.

We have clarinetist Robert Plane and the Gould Piano Trio (Photo: Chris Stock)

Kosmos, a trio of violin, viola and accordion, promise an exciting range of music from around the world.

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet, who were very popular when they visited in 2015.

Pelleas Ensemble, with an interesting and attractive combination of instruments – flute, viola and harp.

Trombonist Peter Moore, who won BBC Young Musician at the age of 12 (Photo: Kaupo Kikkas)

Excellent Malaysian pianist Lee-Jae Phang will be giving a recital (Photo: Miguel Teixeira)

O Duo, a very successful percussion duo.

A viola recital by the spellbinding Milena Simovic, accompanied by Olga Sitkovetsky.

And what better way to close the Festival, than with “The Complete and Utter History of Jazz”


Put the dates for next year’s festival in your diary now…

July 28th – August 12th 2018

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Royal Shakespeare Company

Wednesday 12th September 2018

7.00pm £12/36


This comedy featuring Sir John Falstaff was first published in 1602, though believed to have been written sometime before 1597.  Sir John Falstaff, staying in Windsor and down on his luck, decides to restore his fortunes by seducing the wives of two wealthy citizens. He sends Mistress Page and Mistress Ford identical love letters, but they discover his double dealing and set about turning the tables, arranging an assignation at Mistress Ford's house. Frank Ford has heard of Falstaff's plan and decides to test his wife's fidelity. Pretending to be Master Broom, he pays Falstaff to seduce his wife on his behalf, twice almost catching them together. The Pages' daughter Anne is pursued by three suitors. The French physician Doctor Caius is her mother's choice, whilst her father favours Slender, Justice Shallow's kinsman. Anne herself is in love with Fenton.                                                     

Mistress Quickly is being paid by all three suitors to advance their cause.A duel between Doctor Caius and Parson Evans is averted when the Host of the Garter Inn plays a trick on them, and they in turn pay him back.In Windsor Great Park at night, Falstaff is set up for his final punishment - and one of Anne Page's suitors is successful.