Cotswold Pantomimes: What's on

PUBLISHED: 11:30 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:11 08 November 2018


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!

Here's our round-up of pantomimes in and around the Cotswolds...


Theatre Royal Bath

After a day out in Bath enjoy…

Peter Pan

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

When: Thursday December 13th, 2018 to Sunday January 13th, 2019

Prices/admission: Prices vary; £9-£35.50 with concessions and discounts available

Tickets: Book tickets here or call the Box Office on 01225 448844

The pantomime: The Theatre Royal’s production will see star of EastEnders and The Real Marigold Hotel, Paul Nicholas as Captain Hook and Jon Monie as Smee. This swashbuckling adventure will have the whole family enthralled as some of the nation’s best loved characters soar high, do battle and face the formidable Captain Hook.


Bristol Hippodrome

Take a break from Christmas shopping in Cabot Circus…


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

When: Saturday December 8, 2018 to Sunday January 6, 2019

Price/admission: Prices vary; £12 - £49.50 with concessions available for certain performances

Tickets: Book tickets here or call 0844 871 7615

The pantomime: Leading the cast this year is Brian Conley, while Gok Wan will be starring as the most fashionable Fairy Godmother in all the land. Watch the magic happen, love blossom and see if the slipper fits this Christmas.


Cheltenham Bacon Theatre 

For those hoping to delay those January blues…

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Where: The Bacon Theatre, Dean Close School, Cheltenham, GL51 6HE

When: Thursday January 17, 2019 to Sunday January 20, 2019

Prices/admission: Tickets cost between £10 and £15

Tickets: Book tickets here or call 01242 224144

The pantomime: Promenade Productions will again be coming to Cheltenham’s Bacon Theatre, this time bringing the tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs into the 21st century. There will be singing, dancing, laughter and plenty of chances for audience participation – expect fun for the whole family this January.


Cheltenham Everyman Theatre

Get ready to soar high…


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

When: Friday November 30, 2018 to Sunday January 13, 2019

Prices/admission: £5-£33, with family tickets available

Tickets: Book tickets here or call 01242 572573

The pantomime: This year’s production brings the writing and directing talents of former Blue Peter presenter and actor Peter Duncan to Cheltenham. Local favourite Tweedy the Clown will again be starring in this show which will bring you a ‘Whole New World’.


Chipping Norton

Prepare yourself for an adventure…


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

When: Wednesday November 14, 2018 to Sunday January 13, 2019

Prices/admission: Tickets start at £10.50

Book tickets: Book tickets here or call 01608 642350

The pantomime: Take a magic carpet ride as Egypt comes to Chipping Norton this Christmas. Viewers can 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 adult-only viewings of the production.


Cheltenham Playhouse

Enjoy the heartwaming tale...

The Hatter in Winterland

Where: 47-53 Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7HJ

When: Saturday December 15, 2018 to Friday December 28, 2018

Prices/admission: Tickets start at £14 with concessions and group tickets available

Book tickets: Book tickets here or call 01242 522852

The production: For those after a heartwarming and magical tale this December, look no further than Hatter’s adventures of Winterland, where he must find his way back home against formidable odds. With original music by Joel Hall, The Hatter in Winterland will leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling inside.


Cirencester Barn Theatre

Enjoy the toe-tapping tunes …

Just So

Where: 5 Beeches Road, Cirencester GL7 1BN

When: Wednesday December 5, 2018 - Sunday January 13, 2019

Prices/admission: £15-£32

Book tickets: Book tickets here or call 01285 648255

The production: Suitable for the whole family, this production combines five of Rudyard Kipling’s best tales in a 25 year project, complete with original music. Join Elephant’s Child as he tries to overcome the inattentive Crab, Pau Amma, whose actions may have serious consequences for all the animals, and along the way meet friendly creatures, in a tale destined to warm your heart.


Gloucester Guildhall

Relive the magic …

Sleeping Beauty

Where: 23 Eastgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1NS

When: Wednesday December 19, 2018 - Saturday December 22, 2018

Prices/admission: Tickets are £10 with concessions available

Book tickets: Book tickets here or call 01452 396572

The pantomime: Coming to Gloucester this year is the tale of Aurora and her fight against the curse of the evil Fairy Malafaz. Watch as Good Fairy Orio tries to save the day, and the dashing Prince George waltzes in to try to help before it is too late.


Gloucester Kings Theatre

Wish upon a star …

Pinocchio and the Land of Make Believe

Where: Kingsbarton Street, Gloucester, GL1 1QX

When: Thursday January 17, 2019 - Saturday December 19, 2019

Prices/admission: Adults: £8 and concession: £5

Book tickets: Book tickets here or call 01452 300130

The pantomime: Brought to you by the Hardwicke Players, written and directed by Claire Chapman, Pinocchio’s story will evoke laughter, toe-tapping and joy for four performances only.


Guiting Power Social Group


The Guiting Power Social Group presents the panto Whitt Dickington

Where: Guiting Power Village Hall, Church Lane, Guiting Power, GL54 5TX

When: Friday, January 18 (7.30pm) and Saturday, January 19 (2.30pm and 7.30pm)

Prices/admission: £6

Tickets: Available from The Old Post Office, The Farmers Arms or via email

All proceeds go to the Guiting Power Village Hall and Guiting Power Social Group


Malvern Theatres

Be enchanted by this spectacular fairytale...

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Where: Malvern Theatres, Grange Road, Malvern, WR14 3HB

When: Thursday December 13, 2018 to Sunday January 6, 2019

Prices/admission: Prices vary; £12.32 –£29.12 (including a 12% booking fee) – concessions available

Tickets: Book tickets here or call 01684 892277

The pantomime: This year, Malvern Theatre sees the talents of Su Pollard, Francesca McKean, Aiden Banyard and Philip Meeks in this family favourite, while the comedic expertise of Mark James returns, as he takes to the stage as Muddles.


Oxford Playhouse

Follow the adventure …

Dick Whittington and his Cat

Where: Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LW

When: Friday November 23, 2018 to Sunday January 6, 2019

Prices/admission: Prices vary; £10 - £32 with concessions available

Tickets: Book tickets here or call 01865 305300

The pantomime: Following last year’s highly successful production of Jack and the Beanstalk, Steve Marmion has returned to write and direct this classic pantomime with a twist. Follow Dick, played by Ricky Oakley, and his cat, Alessandro Babalola, as they travel from rural Oxfordshire into the big city, hoping to seek his fortune. Packed full of slap-stick humour, toe-tapping tunes and comedy from the beautiful Dame, Paul Barnhill, this production is sure to keep you purring from start to end.



Watch a magical tale bought to life…


Where: Southam Village Hall, The Close, Southam, GL52 3NS

When: Friday January 25, 2019 to Sunday January 27, 2019

Prices/admission: Adults: £8 and children: £5

Tickets: Book tickets here

The pantomime: Join Southam Dramatic Group this January for a night that will make all of your wishes come true! Tickets sell out quick so make sure to book yours soon, for this magical, rag-to-riches tale. The pantomime supports the James Hopkins Trust.


Stroud Subscription Rooms

See who’s the fairest of them all …

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Where: Stroud Subscription Rooms, George Street, Stroud, GL5 1AE

When: Friday December 21, 2018 - Monday December 24, 2018

Prices/admission: £17 or £15 for concessions and family tickets available (£50.50 for family of 4)

Tickets: Book tickets here or call 01453 760900

The pantomime: The Stroud Subscription Room’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this December sees Britain’s Got Talent finalist Drew Cameron entertain and delight as Muddles. This is set to be a production that will be the ‘apple of your eye’.


Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

Prepare for action...


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

When: Saturday December 8, 2018 to Sunday January 6, 2019

Prices/admission: Prices vary; £19 - £31.50, with concessions and school/group discounts available.

Tickets: Book tickets here or call 01793 524481

The pantomime: The much loved, soap legend Adam Woodyatt will be returning to Swindon this Christmas as the wicked Abanazar, on a beautiful, hilarious adventure to the Far East, encountering genies, magic lamps and a cave of hidden gems. This production also has relaxed, sign language interpreted and audio described performances available.



Get ready to laugh and love …

Dick Whittington

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

When: Saturday December 1, 2018 to Saturday January 5, 2019

Prices/admission: Prices vary; £15 - £25, concessions and group rates available

Tickets: Book tickets here or call 01684 295074

The pantomime: Ben Crocker once again returns to write and direct the fantastical tale of Dick Whittington, as audiences are transported to London to watch Dick’s adventure as he tries to make his fortune. Alternating choruses allow for young, local performers to experience working in a professional production.



Come along to an original creation…

Maid Marian and the Merry Men

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

When: Monday December 3, 2018 to Sunday January 6, 2019

Prices/admission: £13.50 - £17.95

Tickets: Book tickets here or call 01905 611427

The pantomime: Come to the Swan Theatre this Christmas for a twist on a classic, as Robin Hood turns out to be less of a idol, and instead is simply idle, and Maid Marion is able to fight her own battles. A heartwarming production that is sure to make you laugh out loud.

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