Stroud Festival  is a charity promoting and supporting all types of artistic activities throughout the Stroud District. Founded in 1946, it’s the ‘grandfather’ of all the wonderful festivals this area has to offer.

Still to come in our year of ‘REVOLUTION IN THE ARTS’. 

In collaboration with a number of other organisations in Stroud we’re continuing to bring you a diverse range of events, all with Revolution in mind.

More walks from Radical Stroud with stories of Stroud’s history of protest; an evening of songs with a revolutionary theme from mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin and friends; Shakespearean drama from the Cotswold Players, and finally Ballet Cymru returning for their annual performance, with their dazzling choreography, stunning costumes and world class dancing.

Some highlights below with more detail on the Events Pages.


Song: An evening of operatic arias and songs with a ‘revolutionary’ theme Revolution in Song with mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin, baritone Paul Sheehan and pianist Paul Turner. A rich and varied programme from Beethoven to Sondheim via Wagner and Debussy. Thursday 31 October 2019

Theatre: A ‘revolutionary ‘production of the ultimate revolution play – Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar-   a Cotswold Players production. October 2019 at the Cotswold Playhouse

Otherstory Puppetry presents ‘Taking a Holiday’ – a story of conscientious objection and the rejection of war.  November 2019 Museum in the Park


Outdoor events: This year we have been supporting walks from local group Radical Stroud. Called ‘Performative Walks’ these guided rambles through our beautiful countryside are enhanced with stories, songs and music celebrating local historic events and revolutionary characters. Last one – Saturday 23 November 2019


Dance: Our favourite dance troupe Ballet Cymru return to Stroud for their annual performance.  This year they’re bringing their creative (revolutionary?) choreography to the story of Romeo and Juliet  Thursday 21 November 2019 Cotswold Playhouse 7.30pm

So, our year of Revolution in the Arts is drawing to a close.  Watch this page for information on Stroud Festival’s programme for 2020

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