Advent has started and we kicked it off with Panto at the newly renovated Roses Theatre to watch Cinderella. I took all three children aged 15, 11 and 6 and they had a ball (pun intended). The show had them laughing from beginning to end and they left declaring it even better than last years Panto. Visiting The Roses is one of the highlights of December for the children and me! I really like the intimate feel of Tewkesbury which is smaller than The Everyman in Cheltenham. Arriving in Tewkesbury for panto is picturesque as you drive through the small market town with its Tudor buildings and pretty Christmas lights. Parking just a thirty second walk from the entrance which is a huge bonus and just adds the the ease of visiting The Roses.
The theatre has had major renovations in all the public areas and is light and bright with an amazing coffee shop and bar upstairs. Plenty of seating was available pre show and during the interval. With mince pie in hand the children eagerly took their seats. At the Roses the views are all fabulous, there is no bad seating where views are partially blocked. We had a great view and even Erin at six didn’t complain that she couldn’t see or anything.
The show tells the traditional tale of Cinderella, with the high jinks from her step sisters and giggles from Buttons and the stepmother. There is the usual audience participation with lots of calling out, running around the theatre and sweets hurled into the audience. Erin was up on feet at many points, her little face full of joy as she watched the story unfold. Dylan (11) saw the show on a whole new level this year. There were the usual Panto innuendos that normally go over his child like head, but this year they were taken on board as he got many of the carefully crafted jokes – still a few were a little over him which was funny too. Dyl laughed until he cried at a few jokes and said he never realised Panto was like that! This is evidence enough that it really is a family show with everybody enjoying it.
The singing in the show was excellent and Cinderella and the Prince could really belt out those tunes as we witnessed their love story develop. Likewise the dancing was great and makes many a young dancer wish for the chance to be on the stage. The supporting cast were great – especially the young mouse who played the role to perfection. This was a great family show and I can thoroughly recommend watching Cinderella at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury. There is still availability and tickets start from just £11.50 you can book here.
Disclosure: We would like to thank The Roses Theatre for our tickets.