Christmas Gift Ideas 2022

Struggling for Christmas gift ideas? Well look no further and give your loved ones an experience this Christmas at The Courtyard! By supporting and visiting The Courtyard, you’re helping the charity to deliver a comprehensive programme of inclusive, accessible live and participatory events, for the whole community. Whether your friends and family love contemporary drama, stand up comedians, or a good old tribute act, there is something for everyone! Check out some of our ideas below…


'Frankie celebrating the songs & music of Frankie Vallie & the four seasons' written in front of a 1950s style microphone with a silhouette of a man singing over the top 'Genesis Connected' written above a series of images of band members playing instruments The Hey Yahs - A band perform on stage An image of two men sat on a bench wearing waistcoats next to instruments in cases Orchestra of the Swan: A large group of musicians pose with their instruments against a cream backdrop

Frankie | Thursday 19 January, 7.30pm

Frankie – The Concert is an unbelievably accurate and authentic celebration of legendary hall-of-famer’s Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Genesis Connected | Friday 10 February, 7.30pm

Celebrating the Hits of Genesis and the biggest selling acts connected: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Mike & the Mechanics, this show has an incredible mix of material, from atmospheric anthems to chart toppers.

The Hey Yahs | Saturday 11 February, 8pm

The Hey Yahs are back for their popular showcase at The Courtyard and ready to get you in the lovin’ mood just in time for Valentines 2023.

Andreas and Rune | Friday 10 March, 7.45pm

Andreas Tophøj and Rune Barslund are among the leading Danish traditional musicians of their generation, specializing in fiddle and accordion but also encompassing viola, whistle and vocals.

Orchestra of the Swan: Mysterious Barricades | Thursday 23 March, 7.45pm

This programme demonstrates how a handful of composers were able to leave their indelible personal imprint upon prevalent musical forms such as the concerto, the chaconne and the kanon and consequently set in motion the inexorable march towards the vision of the composer as auteur, namely Beethoven.


An image of a woman moving A black and white image of two men looking at the camera. One wears a bowler hat. A man dressed as a policeman stands next to a man dressed as an inspector holding a spy glass. Both looked shocked.

Abandon | Monday 16 January, 7pm

Hurtling into the new year, our long-running group of resilient writers sink their teeth into the bones of one word in all its manifestations.

The Man Who Left The Titanic | Thursday 16 February, 7.45pm

On April 15th 1912, the Titanic slipped below the frigid waters of the Atlantic. Yet J. Bruce Ismay, managing director of the White Star Line, stepped into a lifeboat and sailed away from the stricken ship, from his passengers, and from the cries and screams.

Done To Death, By Jove! | Tuesday 28 March, 7.45pm

Comic clichés from the Great British Detective genre – a substitute set, missing costumes and cunning detective work abound in this genre-busting farcical comedy!


A black and white image of Giovanni Pernice in a shirt, smiling with the title Giovanni Pernice Made In Italy written in green, white and red A row of dancers standing with one arm in the air

Giovanni Pernice: Made In Italy | Sunday 12 February, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Joined by an outstanding ensemble of some of the best dancers and singers from the Ballroom and theatre world, this show promises to be a fantastic night out!

Spirit of the Dance | Saturday 18 February, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

One of the most exciting dance shows ever, this high octane extravaganza takes dance to the next level, in an explosive fusion of heart pounding Irish Dance combined with dance styles from round the world.


Disabled comedian Rosie Jones smiles at the camera 'Priscilla Queen of the Disaster' written next to a woman sat on the arm of a sofa wearing dungarees and a crown and holding a mug looking upwards. Next to her are various toys scattered around the sofa. 'Menopause the musical 2 cruising through menopause' written above an animated image of four women dancing on a ship. Next to it are four cast headshots with their names underneath. 'Marcus Brigstocke Absolute Shower' written on a yellow background next to an image of Marcus Brigstocke who looks directly at the camera with water drops on his glasses A close up image of Simon Brodkin looking shocked in front of a neon background next to the title 'Simon Brodkin Screwed Up'

Rosie Jones: Triple Threat | Saturday 11 March, 8pm

Join Rosie as she ponders whether she is a national treasure, a little prick, or somewhere in between!

Priscilla Queen of the Disaster | Friday 21 April, 7.45pm

With tears streaming down your face, laugh along with the sometimes savage experiences that can be motherhood and face up to letting go of what we all thought it would be.

Menopause The Musical 2 | Saturday 22 April, 4pm & 7.30pm

In this hilarious sequel to our smash hit Menopause the Musical®, we fast forward five years to catch up with the same four characters for tales of their lives, loves and losses as they set off on the high seas.

Marcus Brigstocke: Absolute Shower | Friday 28 April, 8pm

The master of satirical comedy, Marcus has proved to be blisteringly funny over a wide range of topics.

Simon Brodkin: Screwed Up | Wednesday 10 May, 8pm

Simon rips into celebrity culture, social media, the police, Putin, Prince Andrew and Jesus. Nothing is off limits in this hilarious show.


An image of Sir Ranulph Fiennes standing in an orange jacket with a fur lined hood looking out into the distance 'The Greatest Showman' written over the top of an image of a man standing under a spotlight with his hands in the air 'The Circus of Horrors' written over a black and white image of a skull A line of topless men smiling at the camera above the title and the words sexy circus' Ireland the show written over a green map of Ireland below a set of signposts, that read different Irish cities, in front of a faded image of a woman performing to an audience and next to a man singing

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously | Wednesday 18 January, 7.30pm

Both light-hearted and strikingly poignant, Living Dangerously spans Sir Ranulph’s childhood and school misdemeanours, his army life and early expeditions, right through the Transglobe Expedition to his current Global Reach Challenge. This is a joint fundraiser for The Courtyard and Herefordshire Veterans Support Centre

Sing-A-Long-A The Greatest Showman | Friday 20 January, 7pm

Our live host will teach you a unique set of dance moves that will truly make you ‘come alive’. As they show you how to use our interactive prop bags.

The Circus of Horrors | Friday 3 February, 7.30pm

This FANGtastic new show is set to blow your mind with an amazing set, stellar lights, special effects & of course beautifully bizarre circus acts, a sinister story and the darkest of magic all performed to an original rock score.

Forbidden Nights | Thursday 9 February, 7.30pm

Abandon your inhibitions at the door as the talented cast of acrobats, live male vocalists, fire acts, aerial artists and world-renowned circus performers flip and spin across the stage in this high-octane show.

Ireland The Show! | Tuesday 7 March, 7.30pm

Join an all star Irish cast of the Emerald Isles most talented singers and performers accompanied by the fabulous Keltic Storm band and world champion Gael Force Irish dancers from Kerry, Mayo and Clare.


Supper Serenades - Two images side by side, one of someone playing the violin and the other of a group enjoying dinner on The Courtyard Chase Lounge A selection of six tapas style dishes served across wooden boards Three actors dressed as the Faulty Towers cast; a waiter screaming towards the camera, a man in a suit looking angry at a telephone and a woman tilting her head to the side smiling. They are stood next to a sign that mimics the sign from the TV show that reads 'Faulty Towers: the original dining experience'

Supper Serenades | Tuesday 31 January (Italian) & Tuesday 21 March (German), 6pm

Join us for a series of intimate evenings with delicious dining, accompanied by exquisite chamber music from our resident Orchestra, Orchestra of the Swan.

Bottomless Tapas | Thursday 6 April, 7pm

Eat to your heart’s content, with the bonus of a bank holiday to nurse your food coma! Enjoy a range of bottomless nibbles and tapas, with half a bottle of wine per person.

The Faulty Towers Dining Experience | Tuesday 1 & Wednesday 2 August, 7pm

Be part of the action as Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve up mayhem on a plate alongside a 3-course meal and two hours of non-stop laughter.


'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr' below an image of a flying car with wings against a blue sky 'milkshake live! Milkshake! Monkey's Musical - an all singing, all-dancing live show starring your favourite Milkshake! characters' written above nine people stood smiling in brightly coloured tops. A toy monkey peers round the side of the image on the left hand side. Different cartoon characters are dotted around the image in circles. A man dressed as a pirate pretending to look through a telescope. Behind him two shadow puppets of boats are lit up against a cloth. 'The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis' written over an image of a single lit lamp post surrounded by snowy fir trees

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR | Thursday 12 & Friday 13 January, 6pm & 8pm

The famous high-flying car is ready to land on stage and save the day in this Broadway Junior adaptation of the blockbuster musical and beloved classic film.

Milkshake Live! | Saturday 4 March, 11.30am & 2.30pm

Join Paddington, Daisy & Ollie, Milo, Noddy, Pip and Posy, Blue’s Clues & You! and of course Milkshake! Monkey for an unforgettable family time at Milkshake Monkey’s Musical!

Vinland | Wednesday 5 April, 7pm

A Viking storytelling adventure for ages 8 and up. Vinland retells the incredible true(ish) tale of the Vikings last journey to North America, taking inspiration from the Viking sagas of Erik the Red and his family.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe | Wednesday 12 – Saturday 15 April, 2pm & 7pm

The Courtyard Junior Youth Theatre present a brand-new production of CS Lewis’ timeless tale this Easter.


Bill Nighy stands in the street wearing a black suit and bowler hat. He is looking at his watch. A woman in a salmon pin shirt stands in front of a blue patterned wall. A young school girl wearing a grey school uniform smiles at the camera A black and white still of a man being embraced by his wife and children Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog and Robin the Frog in Muppet Christmas Carol

Courtyard Cinema

The Courtyard Cinema screens hundreds of films every year from action thrillers to period romances and laugh-out-loud comedy to sombre art house films. Don’t forget, Borderlines Film Festival returns in March, bringing the best cinema has to offer, right here at The Courtyard!

Check out the vouchers information below to gift the big screen experience this Christmas.


A brown paper present with a string bow tied around it. It has a red label with The Courtyard logo on it An image of one of the shop stands lit in sunlight - textile animal heads

Gift Vouchers

The Courtyard Gift Vouchers are the perfect present for all the theatre-goers in your life.

E-Vouchers can be purchased in any amount and redeemed in person at Box Office, over the phone or online as payment towards tickets to Shows, Films, Live Screenings or Memberships. (They cannot be used to purchase food or drink at the Café Bar, items from The Courtyard Shop or parking).

Alternative physical Gift Vouchers, that are also valid in our Café Bar and Shop, are available to purchase in person at our Box Office. Please note these cannot be used online.

Adopt A Seat

You probably have seen the TV adverts to adopt a wild animal, but did you know you can adopt a seat at The Courtyard? Subject to availability, you can choose a seat in our Main House or Studio to gift someone this Christmas or in memoriam for someone special who loved the arts. You can create your own dedication for the plaque which makes it even more special.

The Courtyard Shop

The Courtyard shop shines the spotlight on locally made, sustainable products, putting them at the heart of our shopping community. We stock a variety of unique gifts, handmade crafts, and artisan creations. There is something for everybody including a host of locally made children’s gifts, candles, ceramics, textiles and jewellery.


If none of these quite work for your loved ones, take a look at our What’s On as there is lots coming up!