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 2015 and offering a laugh-a-minute evening of family-friendly comedy and sing-a-long songs in Cinderella. Running for almost two months, and expected to sell out fast, there will be 72 opportunities to see Cinderella with tickets flying out of the box office for what has become a must-do festive experience for families from across Gloucestershire. Ruth Betteridge will be playing the title role as the beautiful and overworked princess in this classic and much-loved fairytale, sure to dazzle and delight pantomime lovers of all ages.
SoGlos loves, oh yes we do: Star of last year’s Sleeping Beauty, 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 Cinders’ wicked stepmother – promising a feast of laughs, thrills and spills, fairies, magic and good clean fun and frolics in faraway lands.
When: Friday 27 November 2015 to Sunday 10 January 2016
How much: Tickets start from £14
For more info: See Cinderella at the Everyman or SoGlos's interview with Cinderella pantomime cast.
To book: Call Everyman Theatre on (01242) 224144, email email@example.com or visit everymantheatre.org.uk directly.
Venue: Bacon Theatre
What’s happening: Award-winning local theatre company, Promenade Productions, will be bringing families from Cheltenham and beyond together with a post-Christmas run of Jack and the Beanstalk.
When: Wednesday 20 to Sunday 24 January 2016
For more info: See Jack and the Beanstalk at Bacon Theatre.
Venue: The Playhouse
What’s happening: Captain Hook is angry, Wendy is off to boarding school, and the mischievous crocodile has been captured. Head to The Playhouse and find out if Wendy will ever see Peter Pan again in a magical winter show.
When: Thursday 17 and Thursday 24 December 2015
For more info: See Peter Pan and the Revenge of Captain Hook at The Playhouse.
Venue: Kings Theatre
What’s happening: Embark on a magic carpet ride to Kings Theatre and get ready for lots of laughs, a world of colour and an exciting adventure in its pantomime adaptation of Aladdin.
When: Thursday 10 to Saturday 19 December 2015
For more info: See Aladdin at Kings Theatre.
Venue: Cotswold Playhouse
What’s happening: Using pantomime elements, including a traditional dame and plenty of songs, Cotswold Playhouse will journey into a magical realm, where a boy called Stoaf and his dog, Diddums, must awake the Queen from an evil spell.
When: Monday 21 to Wednesday 30 January 2016
For more info: See Stoaf and the Amazing Ice Cream Adventure at Cotswold Playhouse.
Venue: Stroud Subscription Rooms
What’s happening: Join Jack, his fairy godmother, Wuff the dog and Fluff the chicken and help them climb the magic beanstalk at Stroud Subscription Rooms this winter, in a fairy tale production with actors, puppets and plenty of audience participation.
When: Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 December 2015
For more info: See Jack and the Beanstalk at Stroud Subscription Rooms.
Venue: Roses Theatre
What’s on stage: Pop on your glass slippers, get the pumpkin started, and treat the whole family to a trip to the theatre when family-favourite fairy-tale, Cinderella 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, fairy godmother wishes, music and dancing throughout, as well as a couple of surprises along the way, Roses Theatre will be pulling out all the stops in this dazzling festive event.
SoGlos loves, oh yes we do: Make the build up to Christmas even more special and sponsor your favourite Cinderella character. Whether you want to receive letters from Cinders, hear about Prince Charming’s adventures, or find out what the Ugly Sisters are plotting, sponsors will receive exclusive updates, diary entries, crafts, games, and exclusive gifts from the characters, with the chance to meet the cast too.
When: Saturday 28 November 2015 to Saturday 2 January 2016
How much: Tickets range from £11.50 to £24.25, while sponsor a character costs £15
For more info: See Cinderella at Roses Theatre.
To book: Call Roses Theatre on (01684) 295074, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit rosestheatre.org.uk directly.
Venue: Malvern Theatres
What’s happening: Set sail for Malvern Theatres this pantomime season, and drop the anchor for the family-favourite tale, Peter Pan, packed with swashbuckling pirates, hilarious comedy acrobatics and plenty of magical mayhem.
When: Thursday 10 December 2015 to Sunday 3 January 2016.
For more info: See Peter Pan at Malvern Theatres.
Venue: Wyvern Theatres
What’s happening: Wyvern Theatre looks to outdo itself again this year when EastEnders actor, Adam Woodyatt, stars in the magical pantomime adventure of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, offering laugh-out-loud comedy, spectacular sets and costumes, dazzling dance routines and plenty of family friendly fun.
When: Saturday 5 December 2015 to Sunday 3 January 2016
For more info: See Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Wyvern Theatre.
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