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Thu, 16:55

“There’s plenty of vulgarity, toilet humour, ridiculousness, spot-on impressions, quick wit, and for the Harry Potter nerds like me, lots of in-jokes.” Liz Hartland reviews the Spontaneous Players’ Spontaneous Potter at the Barn Theatre in Cirencester

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If you fancy a Christmas offering that’s absolutely ‘Just So’, then head to Cirencester’s Barn Theatre for a musical that has just about everything, says Miles Jarvis

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Swan Lake. We know the music, we know the iconic imagery of the beautiful ballerina dressed as a swan, but I’m guessing that without reading the libretto in the program, most people don’t know the story. Which is why the audience relies on the dancers to tell us.

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This year sees the 40th anniversary of the publication of Raymond Briggs’ original picture book The Snowman. With three performances of the animated film – with live orchestra – coming to Gloucester Cathedral next month, we thought we’d catch up with Rachel Whibley, managing director of Carrot Productions (and occasional snowman), to find out more...

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It’s the season of terrible puns, magic lamps, and generous genies: Aladdin, the all-new panto at the Everyman, has been written by none other than legendary Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan, and stars everyone’s favourite clown, Tweedy. The Barnard family from Nailsworth - mum, dad, Harriet (12) and Lewis (6) - made a Wishee (Washee) for tickets; grabbed their car (Window Twan) keys; and dashed off to see A Ladd In Cheltenham

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Do you remember that glorious childhood feeling of utterly, utterly losing yourself amongst the words of a story? Lucy Mangan certainly does. Katie Jarvis meets her over lunch at Calcot Manor to delve into the little-known stories behind some of our childhood literary favourites

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Here’s the first look at this year’s pantomime at The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

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If you’re into screwball comedy – or your dog is particularly embarrassingly badly behaved – here are some clues as to why you’ll absolutely love the Hound of The Baskervilles. Go to Cirencester’s Barn Theatre and ‘Sit!’, commands Katie Jarvis

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The Barn Theatre’s artistic director, Iwan Lewis, talks to Candia McKormack about a rather special project aimed at bringing the Cotswold community together in commemoration of the Great War’s fallen

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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.

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“If you’re one of those people who goes to an art gallery and turns towards the contemporary art rather than the old masters then this is the double bill for you.”

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“I screamed like a big, scared girl in Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre. I screamed before even one word was uttered...and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one.”

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The Birmingham Royal Ballet embarks on a national tour this autumn with, as Emma Samms discovers, quite possibly, one of the most charming ballets ever created

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You’re very welcome to leave your hat on when you go to see The Everyman’s production of The Full Monty this month, but expect Gary Lucy et al to bare all

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“We are pleased to support as many local children as possible to get access to performing arts tuition so that they can achieve their goals and develop confidence by getting involved with the artistic and education programmes at the Barn.”

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Following on from the success of The Barn Theatre’s first two productions, there’s been excitement in the air with their show, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

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This new play, which features spiritualism, may well have theatres asking, “Is there anybody there?” Katie Jarvis worries

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, at Cirencester’s Barn Theatre, is well worth shouting about, says Katie Jarvis

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If you haven’t secured your tickets for the wonder that is the Cornbury Festival yet, we’re here to help you make your best decision of summer 2018

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Jane Bailey is an author whose novels combine romance with intrigue; the mystery of what it is to be human, entwined with deep and dark secrets. Fiction, she says, is entertainment. But it’s also a means of empathy – of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes – and of looking at your own problems through other eyes. Katie Jarvis speaks to local novelist Jane Bailey

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