Here is the view from the Tennis courts towards the original Gym - around 1950. This became the Junior Hall and Dining room in the 1960's before demolition in 2008.
ONE drama lover is on a quest to raise the bar of amateur dramatic productions in Gloucestershire.
Self-made director and A-level drama teacher John Shirley is gearing up to run a six-week course from the Playhouse Theatre for anyone aspiring to direct, or star in, theatre.
Mr Shirley, who is in his 70s, and lives centrally, has directed more than 20 productions at the theatre since arriving in Cheltenham in 1972, taking on big-name productions to rave reviews.
The former Churchdown School teacher said his motivation for running the course was to boost the quality and ambitiousness of directing in amateur theatre.
"The course is aimed at anyone who wants to develop their skills," he explained.
"It spans improvisation, extracts, and short scenes to work on, where everyone will get the chance to as well as act – and everyone will work on one another's scenes, to talk about their strengths and weaknesses."
In his lengthy directing career, Mr Shirley has produced a number of plays by Arthur Miller – his favourite playwright – including the Death of a Salesman, A View From A Bridge, and The Crucible. He said good examples of amateur dramatics produced to a high standard was Epsom Downs, which was at The Playhouse in 2008, and Dorian Gray, produced in March.