Whether it is the spectacular sets and show-stopping musical numbers, the jovial jokes and larger-than-life dames, or the custard pies and the chance to cheer the heroes and boo the baddies, everyone loves a good pantomime – and Gloucestershire is a prime place to soak-up the seasonal entertainment.
Every year Cheltenham, the Cotswolds, the Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury get in on the family tradition, so you won’t have far to travel for your festive theatrical fix.
Plan a fun family outing with SoGlos’s comprehensive guide to pantos. All together now: ‘He’s behind you!’
Venue: Everyman Theatre
What’s on stage: The Everyman Theatre is granting festive wishes across the county in 2014 and offering a laugh-a-minute evening of family-friendly comedy and sing-a-long songs in Sleeping Beauty. Running for almost two months, and expected to sell-out fast, there will be 72 opportunities to see Sleeping Beauty with tickets flying out of the box office for what has become a must-do festive experience for families from across Gloucestershire. Eleanor Brown will be playing the title role in her Cheltenham debut, as the beautiful, if a bit tired Princess in this classic and much-loved fairytale, sure to dazzle and delight pantomime lovers of all ages.
When: Friday 28 November 2014 to Sunday 11 January 2015
How much: Ticket prices start from £13.
SoGlos loves, oh yes we do: Star of last year’s Aladdin panto, the mischievous and clumsy Tweedy the Clown will be making a welcome return to the Cheltenham theatre, as well as William Elliot – who is back as the dame – promising a feast of laughs, thrills and spills, fairies, magic and good clean fun and frolics in faraway lands.
For more info: See Sleeping Beauty at the Everyman.
To book: Call Everyman Theatre (01242) 224144, email email@example.com or visit everymantheatre.org.uk directly.
Venue: Bacon Theatre
What’s on stage: Offering the opportunity to cheer the hero and boo the baddie in true panto style, award-winning local theatre company Promenade Productions will be bringing families from Cheltenham and beyond together with a post-Christmas run of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. Set in the exotic land of Baghdad, locals can expect stunning sets, fabulous costumes, great dance routines, a large cast and plenty of audience participation. Watch young Ali Baba and his trusty camel as they attempt to stop the evil Mustapha Lot and his band of desperados from stealing an all-powerful sword. Can Ali Baba save the day? Find out in this panto which is said to have a modern twist. What’s more, Ali Baba’s panto mum, Barbara Baba, will be played by the society’s chairman, John Pannet – who has the accolade of being one of Gloucestershire’s longest serving dames!
When: Wednesday 21 to Sunday 25 January 2015
How much: Ticket prices start from £10.
SoGlos loves, oh yes we do: Founded in 1984, Promenade Productions has been delighting audiences young and old for 30 years now, and won the 2012 Gloucestershire Theatre Association award for best local pantomime, no less. Its 2014 panto is the perfect chance for families to catch this established local company in action, with mayhem and merriment expected by the bucket load.
For more info: See Ali Baba at Bacon Theatre.
To book: Call Promenade Productions on (01242) 224144, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit promenadeproductions.co.uk directly.
Venue: Kings Theatre
What’s happening: Catch the beloved fairy-tale of Rapunzel at Kings Theatre when The Crown Players perform its pantomime adaption, bursting with songs and slapstick.
When: Wednesday 17 to Sunday 20 December 2014
For more info: See Rapunzel at Kings Theatre.
Venue: Gloucester Guildhall
What’s happening: The classic panto, Dick Whittington and his Cat will have audiences laughing out loud when Tyger Productions present this new adaptation and hilarious pre-Christmas show at Gloucester Guildhall.
When: Tuesday 16 to Saturday 20 December 2014
For more info: See Dick Whittington and his Cat at Gloucester Guildhall.
Venue: Best Western The Gables Hotel
What’s happening: Enjoy a post-Christmas treat at The Gables Hotel with a night packed with comedy, gags, dances and songs in an enchanting pantomime adaptation of Sleeping Beauty.
When: Sunday 28 December 2014
For more info: See Sleeping Beauty at The Gables Hotel.
Venue: Roses Theatre
What’s happening: Bursting with magic, the favourite fairy-tale, Beauty and the Beast will take to the stage at Roses Theatre for an enchanting, surprising and incredible show.
When: Saturday 29 November 2014 to Saturday 3 January 2015
For more info: See Beauty and the Beast pantomime at Roses Theatre.
Venue: Malvern Theatres
What’s on stage: Hop onto your magical flying carpet this pantomime season and soar to Malvern Theatres, where the enchanting family-favourite, Aladdin, will be showcased. This Middle Eastern folk tale has been adapted for stories, films, books, musicals, and pantomimes, with the latter never failing to get everyone into the festive spirit. Follow the loveable street urchin on his quest to marry the beautiful Princess Jasmine in this beloved classic, where the evil Abanzar will attempt to foil Aladdin’s romantic plans. Prepare to cheer the goodies and boo the baddies in this interactive and feel good show. With a star cast, gorgeous sets, lavish costumes, and spectacular CGI sequences, Malvern Theatres is sure to boast another brilliant performance this Christmas.
When: Thursday 11 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
How much: Tickets start from £10.
SoGlos loves, oh yes we do: With a dazzling star cast, there is sure to be some familiar faces on stage, with Jesus of Nazareth star, Robert Powell, playing the evil Abanzar; _Hi5_’s, Chris Edgerley, starring as Aladdin; and one of the country’s leading dames, Ian Good, playing the old scrubber, Widow Twankey.
For more info: See Aladdin at Malvern Theatres.
To book: Call Malvern Theatres on (01684) 892277, email email@example.com or visit malverntheatres.co.uk directly.
Venue: Wyvern Theatre
What’s happening: Wyvern Theatre looks set to outdo itself this year when award-winning actor, Nigel Havers stars in the magical pantomime adventure of Dick Whittington.
When: Saturday 6 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
For more info: See Dick Whittington pantomime at Wyvern Theatre.
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