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Cotswold Pantomimes: What’s on

PUBLISHED: 14:30 22 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:36 23 November 2016

Enjoy a festive filled extravaganza at Bristol Hippodrome this Christmas

Cinderella Photocall, Bristol Hippodrome. Date: 22/09/16 Copyright: David Betts Photography


Get ready to laugh, boo and hiss, and cheer on your favourite childhood heroes in the array of pantomimes coming to Cotswold theatres this Christmas.

Only at the pantomime can you bellow at the stage, boo as the villain concocts their latest scheme and cheer on the heroes alongside their hapless sidekicks. A childhood tradition, you can rely on a Christmas pantomime to make you laugh and truly get you into the festive spirit. No matter what shenanigans arise, the hero and heroine finally find each other, evil doers are vanquished and all is right at the end!

The pantomime offers audiences a reassuringly familiar experience; however, this doesn’t mean theatres won’t be putting a special twist on their productions. From Coronation Street’s Ryan Thomas in Wyvern Theatre’s Cinderella to Torvill and Dean appearing at the Bristol Hippodrome, there’s plenty of famous faces to spot. Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella are popular productions this year but you can also enjoy the adventures of Aladdin, Robinson Crusoe and Robin Hood at various theatres.

Theatre Royal Bath

After a day out in Bath enjoy…

Where: Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET
When: Thursday December 8, 2016 to Sunday January 8, 2017
Prices/Admission: Prices vary; £9-£32 with concessions and discounts available
Contact Information: 01225 448844 or visit the website
Additional Information: Spot plenty of TV’s familiar faces in the thrilling tale of Aladdin, with Mark Rhodes of children’s much loved comedy duo Sam & Mark playing the lead and Emmerdale and Coronation Street star Bill Ward as the wicked magician Abanazar. Audiences are promised a traditional show packed with comedy, slapstick, singing, dancing, spectacular costumes and plenty of participation.

Bristol Hippodrome

Take a break from Christmas shopping in Cabot Circus…

Where: Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine's Parade, Bristol, BS1 4UZ
When: Saturday December 10, 2016 to Sunday January 8, 2017
Prices/Admission: Prices vary; tickets start at £12 with concessions available for certain performances
Contact Information: 0844 871 3012 or visit the website
Additional Information: Britain's most loved sporting heroes, Torvill and Dean, will bring their unique talents to The Bristol Hippodrome in the classic rags to riches tale of Cinderella. Expect a family pantomime extravaganza with glittering sets, big song and dance numbers, impressive off-ice skating sequences and Shetland ponies taking to the stage.

Torvill and Dean will deliver impress off-ice skating sequences

Cheltenham Everyman Theatre

Get ready to cry with laughter…

Jack and the Beanstalk
Where: The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ
When: Friday November 25, 2016 to Sunday January 8, 2017
Prices/Admission: Prices vary; concessions and discounts available for certain performances
Contact Information: 01242 572573 or visit the website
Additional performances: Making a return to the Everyman, Tweedy The Clown and William Elliot as Dame Trott promise to get audiences roaring with laughter in this year’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Packed with slapstick, a terrifying giant and a giant cow, this panto is one not to miss!

Caption: Tweedy The Clown will ensure plenty of laughs at Cheltenham’s Everyman


Cheltenham Bacon Theatre 

For those hoping to delay those January blues…

Sleeping Beauty
Where: The Bacon Theatre, Dean Close School, Cheltenham, GL51 6HE
When: Wednesday January 18, 2017 to Saturday January 21 2017 and two more performances on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January 2017
Prices/Admission: Tickets cost between £10 and £14
Contact Information: 01242 224144 or visit the website
Additional Information: Follow the wonderful tale of Sleeping Beauty in a fairytale world complete with a beautiful princess, handsome prince, fairies and all the crazy characters you would expect in a pantomime. Get ready to boo, hiss, laugh and get involved and see if a kiss can awaken the princess.

Enjoy the wonderful story of Sleeping Beauty


Chipping Norton

Prepare yourself for an adventure…

Robinson Crusoe and the Pirate Queen
Where: The Theatre, Chipping Norton, 2 Spring Street, Chipping Norton, OX7 5NL
When: Tuesday November 15, 2016 to Sunday January 8, 2017
Prices/Admission: Tickets start at £11
Contact Information: 01608 642350 or visit the website
Additional Information: Watch the much story of Robinson Crusoe and the Pirate Queen as you have never seen it before with the stage full of pirates, mermaids, cowboys and the fearsome Pirate Queen, Betty Babcock. Armed only with a treasure map, his mum and the ship-shape crew of the Saucy Nancy, cheer on hero Robinson Crusoe while you enjoy hilarious mayhem, routines and fabulous original music. Get closer to the action with a 20 minute tour of the stage for £2.50 and The Theatre at Chipping Norton also offers relaxed performances and child free showings of the production.


Leamington Spa

Get ready to boo and hiss at bully Eugene…

Sleeping Beauty
Where: Royal Spa Centre, Newbold Terrace, Leamington Spa, CV32 4HN
When: Saturday December 3, 2016 to Saturday December 31, 2016
Prices/Admission: All tickets cost £15.50 with discounts offered for group bookings
Contact Information: 01926 334418 or visit the website
Additional Information: Join Beauty and her friends, including the ‘glamorous’ Dame Dorothy Do-It, as they try to lift the curse that has turned a handsome prince into a hideous beast. With spectacular scenery, fabulous costumes, incredible special effects and heaps of slapstick fun, gather the family and get ready to boo arrogant bully Eugene and his odious sidekick Pimple.


Malvern Theatres

Embrace the magic…

Sleeping Beauty
Where: Malvern Theatres, Grange Road, Malvern, WR14 3HB
When: Thursday December 15, 2016 to Sunday January 8, 2017
Prices/Admission: Tickets start at £10.64 (including a 12% booking fee)
Contact Information: 01684 89227 or visit the website
Additional Information: With plenty of TV stars from Gillian Wright (Jean Slater from Eastenders), Channel 5’s Milkshake presenter Amy Thompson and Chris Pizzey from the Basil Brush Show, Malvern Theatres’ production of Sleeping Beauty promises to be a dazzling performance of Sleeping Beauty bought to life!



Enjoy a charming childhood classic…

Where: Oxford Playhouse, 11-12 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LW
When: Friday November 25, 2016 to Sunday January 8, 2017
Prices/Admission: Ticket prices start at £15
Contact Information: 01865 305305 or visit the website
Additional Information: With an established run of excellent annual pantomimes, Oxford Playhouse once again presents a fresh spin on the traditional panto with all the classic trimmings thrown in. Enjoy the much loved story of Cinderella with original music, classic tunes, silliness for adults and children alike, as trusty Buttons and the adoring Fairy Godmother make sure Cinders attends the ball.

Cinderella at the Oxford Playhouse, illustration by the wonderful Korky Paul



Watch a magical tale bought to life…

Where: Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN
When: Saturday December 10, 2016 to Sunday January 8, 2017
Prices/Admission: Prices vary; £19 to £31.50
Contact Information: 01793 524481 or visit the website
Additional Information: Straight from the cobbled streets of Coronation Street, actor Ryan Thomas makes his pantomime debut in Wyvern Theatre’s production of Cinderella jam-packed with comedy, sensational song and dance numbers and fabulous costumes. Theatre Director Derek Aldridge says, “Cinderella promises to be a magical production for all the family and, with 10,000 tickets already sold, looks set to be our busiest Christmas ever!” 

Boo and hiss the tricks of Cinderella’s two ugly stepsisters



Join the action…

Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood
Where: The Roses Theatre, Sun Street, Tewkesbury, Glos., GL20 5NX
When: Saturday December 3, 2016 to Saturday January 7, 2017
Prices/Admission: Prices vary; £13.50-£25
Contact Information: 01684 295074 or visit the website
Additional Information: With the usual festive fantasy and merry mishaps, audiences are invited to leave the real world behind and escape to Sherwood Forest, complete with magic, visual extravagance and an abundance of comic antics. In the typically vibrant pantomime fashion that’s expected at the Roses Theatre, cheer on Robin Hood and his band of merry men (and women) as they set out on a quest to save the Kingdom from the clutches of the fiendishly wicked Sheriff. Up until Monday November 7, children have the chance to enter a competition to create their own flavour ice cream in association with Spot Loggins. Find the details here.



Sing and dance along to spectacular music…

Where: Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED
When: Monday December 5, 2016 to Sunday January 8, 2017
Prices/Admission: Tickets prices start at £13.50
Contact Information: Book in person at the Huntington Hall in Crowngate Shopping Centre, 01905 611427 or visit the website
Additional Information: Enjoy the sparkling re-telling of the heartwarming fairytale Cinderella with all the characters you know and love, and a few surprises along the way! Ideal for the whole family; expect dazzling costumes, stunning scenery and spectacular song and dance numbers in the classic re-telling at Worcester’s Swan Theatre.


After more Christmas festivities in the Cotswolds? Take a look at:

Christmas markets in the Cotswolds

Daylesford Christmas Fair 2016

24 reasons to spend Christmas in the Cotswolds

Christmas Day lunches in the Cotswolds


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