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Cotswold Pantomimes: What’s on

14:30 03 December 2015

Nick Wilton as Dame Trott in Jack and the Beanstalk at Theatre Royal, Bath

Nick Wilton as Dame Trott in Jack and the Beanstalk at Theatre Royal, Bath

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Get ready to bellow at the stage as the Dame mishears you yet again, boo as the villain concocts his latest evil scheme, and cheer on the heroes even when all seems lost - panto season is here!

The Everyman Theatre

What: Cinderella

Where: The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ

When: November 27, 2015 – January, 10 2016

Prices/Admission: Prices vary; £14 - £26

Contact Information: 01242 572573, or www.everymantheatre.org.uk

Additional Information: Tweedy the Clown is back in a dazzling presentation of pantomime favourite Cinderella, which promises a delicious mixture of magic, mirth and music. For the first time ever, the Everyman Theatre will be running a relaxed performance on January 5, at 10am, which will be suitable for those with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities, and for families with very young children. The production will run with adapted sound levels and light levels, while audience members are encouraged to come and go during the show and to make use of a designated ‘chill-out’ area.

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Wyvern Theatre

What: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Where: Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 1QN

When: December 5, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Prices/Admission: Prices vary; £16.50 - £29

Contact Information: 01793 524481, or swindontheatres.co.uk

Additional Information: EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt takes to the stage in this laugh-out-loud production of Snow White, playing another role that you’ll love to hate as the Wicked Queen’s henchman. With spectacular sets and costumes, plus superb dance routines, this is a panto not to miss.

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The Theatre

What: Robin Hood

Where: The Theatre, 2 Spring Street, Chipping Norton, OX7 5NL

When: November 17, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Prices/Admission: £12 - £26

Contact Information: 01608 642350, or www.chippingnortontheatre.co.uk

Additional Information: Get closer to the action and find out how all the panto magic happens with a 20 minute tour of the stage and set, after specific performances. Tickets are available for just £2, but booking is essential. A Relaxed Performance will also be available on December 10 at 2pm, which will be suitable for people with learning disabilities, dementia or an Autistic Spectrum Condition.

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The Bacon Theatre

What: Jack and the Beanstalk

Where: The Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6HE

When: January 20 - 24

Prices/Admission: £10 - £14

Contact Information: 01242 258002, or www.bacontheatre.co.uk

Additional Information: Promenade Productions return with their annual family pantomime, offering the perfect way to eke out the Christmas fun into the New Year.

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The Roses Theatre

What: Cinderella

Where: The Roses Theatre, Sun Street, Tewkesbury, Glos, GL20 5NX

When: November 28, 2015 – January 2, 2016

Prices/Admission: £11.50 - £24.25; family tickets available

Contact Information: 01684 295074, or www.rosestheatre.org

Additional Information: This much-loved fairy tale is given the proper Roses Theatre treatment with a sprinkling of magic, a fantastic cast and a fair helping of music and dancing!

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The Royal Spa Centre and Town Hall

What: Jack and the Beanstalk

Where: The Royal Spa Centre and Town Hall, Town Hall, The Parade, Leamington Spa, CV32 4AT

When: December 5, 2015 – January 2, 2016

Prices/Admission: From £12.50

Contact information: 01926 334418, or www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalspacentre

Additional Information: Join the hapless Jack on his quest to defeat the evil Giant and save the village this Christmas in a production that’s full of beans – and by beans, we mean side-splitting slapstick, spectacular sets and plenty of audience participation!

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Oxford Playhouse

What: Aladdin

Where: Oxford Playhouse, 11 – 12 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LW

When: November 27, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Prices/Admission: Prices vary; £15 - £26

Contact Information: 01865 305305, or www.oxfordplayhouse.com

Additional Information: Get ready for a magic carpet ride of sheer panto goodness as Widow Twankey, Aladdin, Princess Perfect Rose, Wishee Washee the Dog and Pee King the Duck embark on their adventures in the ancient city of Ox-A-For (geddit?). There might be plenty of geniuses at the Oxford colleges, but there’s only one genie this year - you’ll find him at the Playhouse!

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Malvern Theatres

What: Peter Pan

Where: Festival Theatre, Grange Road, Malvern, WR14 3HB

When: December 10, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Prices/Admission: £10.34 - £26.88

Contact Information: 01684 892277, or www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

Additional Information: Malvern Theatres are bringing the classic story by J M Barrie alive this season, with a little help from a star-studded cast! Holby City and Coronation Street star Mark Moraghan will be playing the gloriously wicked Captain Hook, whose nefarious deeds will be accompanied by the uproarious comedy acrobatics group The Nitwits. You can also catch Balamory’s Andrew Agnew as Smee, while Hannah-Jane Fox from the CBBC plays Mrs Darling.

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The Swan Theatre

What: Dick Whittington

Where: The Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED

When: November 30, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Prices/Admission: £12.95 - £17.95; family tickets available

Contact Information: 01905 611427, or www.worcesterlive.co.uk

Additional Information: There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned tale of rags-to-riches at Christmas time – come along to see if Dick can make his fortune in London, avoid the machinations of the evil Queen Rat and, possibly, win the heart of the fair Alice!

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Bristol Hippodrome

What: Snow White

Where: Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol, BS1 4UZ

When: December 5, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Prices/Admission: Prices vary; £10-£39.95

Contact Information: 08448 713012, or www.atgtickets.com

Additional Information: TV and film star Warwick Davis gives a star turn as head dwarf Prof, joined by CBeebies star Andy Day and the Hippodrome’s comedy legend Andy Ford.

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Theatre Royal Bath

What: Jack and the Beanstalk

Where: Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

When: December 10, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Prices/Admission: Prices vary

Contact Information: 01225 448844, or www.theatreroyal.org.uk

Additional Information: Nigel Havers takes a star turn as the villain Fleshcreep, while CBeebies star Katy Ashworth will play the dazzling Forest Fairy. Meanwhile, look for some big laughs from EastEnders’s Nick Wilton, who plays Dame Trott, and panto favourite Jon Monie, who will be bringing Simple Simon to life with his usual mischievous high-jinks.

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