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 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 2016 and offering a laugh-a-minute evening of family-friendly comedy and sing-a-long songs in Jack and the Beanstalk. Running for almost two months, and expected to sell-out fast, there will be a grand total of 73 opportunities to see Jack and the Beanstalk with tickets flying out of the box office for what has become a must-do festive experience for families from across Gloucestershire. Bursting with slapstick, laughs, a giant, and even a comedy cow, don’t miss Jack’s adventures in Cloud Cuckoo Land in this classic and much-loved fairy tale, which is sure to dazzle and delight pantomime lovers of all ages.
When: Friday 25 November 2016 to Sunday 8 January 2017
How much: Ticket prices start from £16
SoGlos loves, oh yes we do: Star of last year’s Cinderella 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 Dame Trott – promising a feast of laughs, thrills and spills, magic and good clean fun and frolics in faraway lands.
For more info: See Jack and the Beanstalk at Everyman Theatre
To book: Call Everyman Theatre (01242) 224144, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit everymantheatre.org.uk directly.
Venue: Bacon Theatre
What’s on stage: Gloucestershire's award-winning theatre company, Promenade Productions, is offering the perfect opportunity to cheer the hero and boo the baddie in true panto style. Sure to bring in families from Cheltenham and beyond to Bacon Theatre for some post-Christmas fun, don't miss children’s classic Sleeping Beauty. With a beautiful princess, a handsome prince, good fairies and one very bad one, audience members of all ages are sure to enjoy this brilliant production, which promises to cure any January blues.
SoGlos loves, oh yes we do: Founded in 1984, Promenade Productions has been delighting audiences old and young for more than 30 years, and won the 2012 Gloucestershire Theatre Association award for the best local pantomime. Its 2017 offering promises the perfect chance to catch this established local company in action, with magic and laughter expected by the bucket load.
When: Wednesday 18 to Sunday 22 January 2017
How much: Tickets cost between £10 and £14
For more info: See Sleeping Beauty pantomime at Baon Theatre.
To book: Call Bacon Theatre on (01242) 258002, or Promenade Productions on (01242) 224144, email email@example.com or visit promenadeproductions.co.uk directly.
Venue: Cheltenham Playhouse
What’s happening: Journey to a frozen land far, far away and explore the true meaning of friendship when the captivating tale of The Snow Queen takes to the stage at Cheltenham Playhouse.
When: Friday 16 to Saturday 24 December 2016
For more info: See The Snow Queen at Cheltenham Playhouse.
Venue: Gloucester Guildhall
What’s happening: Ebenezer Scrooge will be visiting Gloucester Guildhall for a ghostly and enlightening journey when A Christmas Carol comes to town to celebrate the festive season.
When: Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 January 2017
For more info: See A Christmas Carol at Gloucester Guildhall.
Venue: Roses Theatre
What’s on stage: Gather up your band of merry men and treat the whole family to a trip to the theatre when family-favourite fairy tale, Robin Hood, takes to the Roses Theatre stage. Promising plenty of ‘oh yes you dids’, ‘he’s behind yous’, boos and hisses, expect plenty of fun for mums, dads, grandparents and children alike in this annual Gloucestershire highlight. Set to be packed with magical moments, a gallant hero, a feisty damsel, villainous baddies, as well as a couple of surprises along the way, Roses Theatre will be pulling out all the stops in this dazzling festive event.
When: Saturday 3 December 2016 to Saturday 7 January 2017
How much: Ticket prices start from £13
SoGlos loves, oh yes we do: A brand new title to Roses Theatre's repertoire, Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood is set to be bursting with non-stop music, comedy slapstick, dazzling costumes and fairy tale sets, promising a fun-filled festive outing.
For more info: See Robin Hood at Roses Theatre
To book: Call Roses Theatre (01684) 295074, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit rosestheatre.org directly.
Venue: Malvern Theatres
What’s happening: Set your alarm clock and head to Malvern Theatres for its magical pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, starring Eastenders' Gillian Wright, alongside Milkshake's Amy Thompson and The Basil Brush Show's Chris Pizzey.
When: Thursday 15 December 2016 to Sunday 8 January 2017
For more info: See Sleeping Beauty at Malvern Theatres.
Venue: Wyvern Theatres
What’s happening: Promising to be the fairest panto in all the land, Coronation Street's Ryan Thomas will star in Cinderella this year, in Wyvern Theatre’s enchanting and magical pantomime.
When: Saturday 10 December 2016 to Sunday 8 January 2017
For more info: See Cinderella pantomime at Wyvern Theatre.
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