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Auditorium at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Auditorium at the Everyman Theatre

Panto and beyond

As Gloucestershire's theatres enjoy another busy festive season, we go behind the scenes and meet those making it happen.

Gloucestershire's theatres and venues are full stream ahead for possibly the busiest and most expensive time of the theatre calendar - Christmas and New Year!

For the likes of the Roses in Tewkesbury and the Everyman in Cheltenham, it's the one time of the year they become producing theatres.

This basically means that rather than hosting other people's productions, they put on their own.

It's a different story for Cheltenham's Town Hall who have a festive programme full of Christmas concerts, parties and a big New Years bash.

Behind the scenes

To gain an insight unlike no other, BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Chris Brierley has stepped behind the scenes to meet those involved in creating the theatre magic.

From the directors office, to the workshop via the box office and of course the stage, there is a huge team effort involved in making the theatre a place you want to visit again and again.

Everyman Theatre

Everyman Theatre

Christmas at the Everyman

This year's panto at Cheltenham's Everyman theatre is Dick Whittington, which tells the tale of Gloucestershire's own local boy made good on his journey from rags to riches. 

In true pantomime tradition, actress and singer Naomi Lee Schulke will be taking on the role of Dick Whittington when the production opens on Friday 30 November.

Click on the various links below to listen along as we go behind the scenes at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham.

Tickets for Dick Whittington start from £7.50 and you can contact the Box Office on 01242 572573.

Roses Theatre

Roses Theatre

The Roses blooms with festive fun

'Aladdin' is this years traditional family pantomime at the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury and it promises to be a magical treat for young and old alike.

Click on the various links below to listen along as we go behind the scenes at the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury.

The first performance of Aladdin is on Saturday 1 December, tickets start from £8 and you can contact the box office on 01684 295074.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Cheltenham Town Hall

A tower of treats at Cheltenham Town Hall

However broad your festive fancies, the Town Hall in Cheltenam may well be offering something to suit!

A medley of music, a diversity of dancing and an abundance of other events...you'll be hard-pushed to find a day in December when the Town Hall ISN'T doing something!

Click on the various links below to listen along as we go behind the scenes at the Cheltenham Town Hall.

For more information on any of the events, you can contact Cheltenham Town Hall's box office on 01242 227979.

last updated: 14/04/2008 at 14:28
created: 19/11/2007

Have Your Say

What's the best pantomime or Christmas concert you've ever seen...and who was starring in it?

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Wannabee Actor, G Williams
Although working as a trader, I think panto is my destiny. Whenever I ask "Whatever became my career in the dramatic Arts?", people reply, "It's behind you!"

Graham Ponting
I love panto season so much I dress in a pair of green tights and rush about the house on tuesdays and thursdays throughout December looking for Tinkerbell. I ring up my friends and ask if they have seen her and if they say no i always reply "Oh yes you have". The cold winter nights fly by and the tights feel rather splendid as well.

David Kempster
My mum has been taking me to the pantomime every year for the last four decades. Every year I am in my element shouting "it's behind you" and roaring with laughter at the many hilarious gags. During the interval Mum usually gets me an ice cream tub or another little treat. The bestist star of the panto for me therefore is my lovely mother. we are going to the Everyman this year again and she's paying. Ta Mum. Happy X'mas.

Guy Williams
Leckhampton Players, Dick Whittington (in the Leckhampton Parish Hall) in 1974 was very memorable. I particularly liked the bit where we got to shout "oh no it isn't". Mrs Biddle (cast as Dick) put in a great performance that year. The 1982 production of Cinderella was excellent as well.

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