Whether it’s 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 some seasonal entertainment.
Every year there are plenty of places across the county, and just beyond, to join in 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 2017 and offering a laugh-a-minute performance with family-friendly comedy and sing-a-long songs in this year's show, Dick Whittington. Running for almost two months, there will be more than 70 opportunities to join in the festivities, with tickets expected to fly out of the box office for what has become a must-see show for families from across Gloucestershire. Bursting with slapstick and laughter, the story follows Dick and his cat as they travel from Gloucester to London to find great fortune, and is sure to dazzle and delight pantomime lovers of all ages.
When: Friday 24 November 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018
How much: Tickets range from £5 to £29
SoGlos loves, oh yes we do: Star of last year’s Jack and the Beanstalk panto, the mischievous and clumsy Tweedy the Clown will be making a welcome return to the Cheltenham theatre, as well as the usual cast of Everyman favourites – promising a feast of laughs, thrills and spills, magic and good clean fun and frolics.
For more info: See Dick Whittington Pantomime at Everyman Theatre
To book: Call Everyman Theatre (01242) 224144, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit everymantheatre.org.uk directly.
Venue: Cheltenham Playhouse
What’s happening: Following last year's delightful production, The Snow Queen, Rolling Stock Theatre Company returns to Cheltenham Playhouse with festive show Pinocchio and The Christmas Wish. Promising a magical and thrilling adventure, the new version of Carlo Collodi’s traditional fairy tale features original music, charming characters, and story that’s both touching and funny.
When: Saturday 16 to Friday 29 December 2017
For more info: See Pinocchio and The Christmas Wish at Cheltenham Playhouse
Venue: Stroud Subscription Rooms
What’s happening: Pantomime fans can prepare for That’s Entertainment’s production of Robin Hood this December; full of merriment, music and plenty of laughter, this classic tale promises to be an adventure for all the family.
When: Friday 22 to Sunday 24 December 2017
For more info: See Robin Hood pantomime at Stroud Subscription Rooms
Venue: Roses Theatre
What’s on stage: Set to burst onto Roses Theatre's stage with frivolity, gorgeously glittering costumes, spectacular sets, and plenty of cries of ‘he’s behind you,’ this traditional family pantomime offers all the ingredients for a fun and festive time with the family. Telling the best-loved fairy tale of Princess Aurora who is put under a spell and falls into a deep sleep, Sleeping Beauty is sure to enchant audiences and take them along for a thrilling adventure. As the gallant Prince goes to the rescue, everyone will be cheering along for a happy ending.
When: Saturday 2 to Sunday 31 December 2017
How much: Tickets range from £9.50 to £25
SoGlos loves, oh yes we do: With Roses Theatre’s magical pantomime a hit year after year, audiences are in good hands with this year’s dazzling show, with writer and director Ben Crocker returning to the helm and set to deliver another spectacular show, which will reign in the Christmas season in feel good style.
For more info: See Sleeping Beauty at Roses Theatre
To book: Call Roses Theatre (01684) 295074, email email@example.com or visit rosestheatre.org directly.
Venue: Wyvern Theatres
What’s happening: Buckle up and get ready for a swashbuckling adventure at Wyvern Theatre's annual pantomime, with this year's show inviting audiences to set sail during Peter Pan. Starring Adam Woodyatt, the show features stunning scenery, dazzling costumes, flying sequences, and plenty of comedy, promising an unforgettable pantomime experience.
When: Saturday 2 to Sunday 31 December 2017
For more info: See Peter Pan at Wyvern Theatres
Venue: Malvern Theatres
What’s happening: Offering another year of magical family entertainment, Malvern Theatre's annual pantomime will be Cinderella, starring This Morning star Alison Hammond. A favourite show year upon year, don’t miss the chance to don your class slipper and catch a pumpkin ride to Malvern for a brilliant festive performance this winter.
When: Thursday 14 December to Sunday 7 January 2018
For more info: See Cinderella at Malvern Theatre
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