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 2018 and offering a laugh-a-minute performance with family-friendly comedy and sing-a-long songs in this year's show, Aladdin. A brand-new production, this winter's show has been written and directed by Blue Peter legend, Peter Duncan. Featuring magic lamps, genies and flying carpets, audiences can join Aladdin on his adventures, with the sensational cast including Hairspray's Ben Darcy, Grace Eccle, Daniel Beales, and Olivier award-winning actor Miles Western. Running for almost two months, tickets are flying out of the box office for what has become a must-see show for families from across Gloucestershire.
When: Friday 30 November 2018 to Sunday 13 January 2019
How much: Tickets range from £5 to £33
SoGlos loves, oh yes we do: Star of last year’s Dick Whittington 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 Aladdin pantomime 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: The award-winning Promenade Productions is back for another year with a fun-filled performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Sprinkling festive cheer at the Bacon Theatre, the seasonal show promises traditional entertainment complete with a beautiful princess, dashing prince, hiss-worthy villain and good dose of magic. With dance, laughter and romance on the cards, audiences old and young are in for a treat, joining Snow White on her adventure during what’s sure to be a highlight on the theatre’s winter programme.
When: Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 January 2019
How much: Tickets range from £10 to £15
SoGlos loves, oh yes we do: Kids will love following the story of beautiful Snow White, and with Promenade Productions’ pantomime taking place after Christmas, it’s the perfect way to keep the January blues away. Sing-a-long songs, slapstick and uplifting entertainment will lift everyone’s spirits!
For more info: See Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs pantomime at Bacon Theatre
To book: Call (01242) 224144, email email@example.com or visit promenadeproductions.co.uk directly.
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 classic story of Dick Whittington and his adventures in London, the tale is sure to deliver uplifting entertainment in Tewkesbury. For those wanting to snap up seats, act quickly; tickets for this this year’s panto have already broken records, with ticket sales up a whopping 35 per cent by May 2018! Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of the festive fun.
When: Saturday 1 December 2018 to Saturday 5 January 2019
How much: Tickets range from £15 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 Dick Whittington at The Roses Theatre
To book: Call Roses Theatre (01684) 295074, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit rosestheatre.org directly.
Venue: Stroud Subscription Rooms
What’s happening: Pantomime fans can prepare for That’s Entertainment’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this December; full of merriment, music and plenty of laughter, this classic tale promises to be an adventure for all the family.
When: Friday 21 to Monday 24 December 2018
For more info: See Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Stroud Subscription Rooms
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