Cinderella Panto at Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

Last night’s performance of Cinderella Panto at Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury has well and truly put me in a festive mood!  As readers know, my family and I are crazy about Christmas and the festive season just would not be complete without watching a traditional pantomime.

It was our first visit to the newly renovated Roses Theatre and it definitely will not be our last. I was most impressed with the modern decor of the atrium and the new contemporary coffee shop and bar.  (Next time you are shopping in Tewkesbury keep it in mind because it offers a great refreshment stop).  The intimate theatre itself has also been newly decorated and offers great views of the stage from every seat.


In the show brochure Ben Crocker, the Director, explains how he feels that panto is for people of all ages to enjoy shouting, singing, laughing and leaving behind everyday cares…. from watching last nights show I can say he certainly achieved his goal.  The cast performed to a full audience of varying ages and everyone seemed very involved.

I attended with Charlie my eldest son (4.5 years old).  We particularly enjoyed the feeling of involvement with the cast.  The ugly sisters made frequent visits into the auditorium, treats and water were directed into the audience and towards the end a few children were invited up on the stage to take part in a song. We also enjoyed the mixture of songs used throughout the show from well-known tracks such as ‘I’m too Sexy’ to latest hits such as ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson.

The panto jokes came thick and fast… some appealing to kids and others going straight over their heads but amusing the adults in the audience!  The rags to riches love story was accompanied with traditional panto pranks including slime, exploding boobs, water pistols, lots of opportunities for hissing and booing and even some tricky tongue twisters by the loveable and rosy-cheeked Buttons.

I did not need to ask my son if he enjoyed the performance… at every opportunity he shouted at the top of his lungs “It’s behind you”, “Boo, hiss” and “Oh no you didn’t!”  His delighted squeals whilst bouncing around to the music during the finale expressed his pure delight with the show.  When we returned home he retold the story very animatedly to his Daddy complete with explanations of naughty step mum and ugly sisters being horrible to poor Cinders, a ‘silly’ bear in the wood and Cinderella’s beautiful dress and carriage:)


If you are looking for an entertaining panto performance to treat your family to this Christmas, Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury is a great choice.  You will hiss and boo Step Mum and the Ugly Sisters, sing along to some well-known hits, be appropriately wowed by the young backing dancers, fancy costumes and set changes and wonder where the heck they found some of the outrageous outfits the Ugly Sisters wear!

If you would like to read a review of the Roses Theatre Panto from a mummy of older children (ages 15, 11 & 6), check out Emma’s review at Emma & 3.


Need to knowPerformances are taking place until Saturday 2nd January.  Tickets are available from £11.50.  More information can be found on the Roses Theatre website

Check out this article for other Christmas family events taking place in Gloucestershire

Disclosure – We were provided with complimentary tickets to attend Cinderella Panto at Roses Theatre however all opinions (and excitable child!) are as always our own.   

Performance images copyright Roses Theatre.  Other images copyright Travel Loving Family





  1. 19th December 2015 / 9:07 am

    I do love a good panto – it is the highlight of my Christmas and this looks like they all had great fun with it #christmasdaysout

    • Lisa
      22nd December 2015 / 3:14 pm

      Yes me too Kara, it gets me into a festive mood!

  2. 6th December 2015 / 10:33 pm

    Did you say they threw out sweets? I used to love that part of the Panto. Sounds like another great year and admit the new look of the building is fantastic.

  3. Caroline wheelhouse
    4th December 2015 / 10:16 pm

    A massive thankyou, to all at the Roses Theatre. What a wonderful pantomime!!!! My little girls laughed from start to finish.
    We have been coming for the past 3 years and the atmosphere is wonderful. And the new facilities are fantastic. See you all next year.

    • Lisa
      4th December 2015 / 11:08 pm

      Pleased to hear you all had a lovely time too Caroline:)

  4. 4th December 2015 / 2:31 pm

    Ahhh I love a good panto, we used to go every year until my brother and sister got older, now it’s just little one and myself or nan who venture out. I love the booing and hissing and the jokes that the kids have no idea about! haha :-) x

    • Lisa
      4th December 2015 / 2:46 pm

      Yes I love the clueless look on the kids faces when the cast tell a rude joke too!

  5. 3rd December 2015 / 10:49 pm

    Aw I have not been to the panto in years but it always reminds me of Christmas. I think the last one that I went to went to was Cinderella.

  6. 3rd December 2015 / 10:29 pm

    This looks so fun! I love the bright colors & the audience interaction. Charlie looks really happy & excited to be there. There’s nothing like a good play to get you in the holiday mood. x

  7. 3rd December 2015 / 9:58 pm

    It sounds like a great pantomime – exploding boobs! I love the photos too. I have often wondered the best age to take Monkey to a pantomime as they can be quite long. Its good to know at 4.5 Charlie enjoyed it so much x

    • Lisa
      4th December 2015 / 11:17 am

      I took Charlie and Harry as a baby last year too. Charlie loved it and Harry surprised me by clapping along all the way through the first half and then sleeping in his pushchair throughout the second half! I did not dare take him this time though, at 18 months old he will not sit still for two minutes!

  8. 3rd December 2015 / 7:51 pm

    I do love a panto at Christmas but I actually hate it when they come into the audience, you’re very brave liking that interaction!

    • Lisa
      4th December 2015 / 11:19 am

      Ha ha we were not sat at the front Ali so we were safe!

  9. 3rd December 2015 / 6:42 pm

    I use to love going to the panto as a child. I can’t wait for Blake to be old enough to go and see one at our local theater. Cinderella was always my favourite.

  10. 3rd December 2015 / 5:59 pm

    I have never attended panto before and I would certainly love to do that. Sounds like you and your son has so much fun watching cinderella panto.

  11. 3rd December 2015 / 12:06 pm

    It looks and sounds as though you had a fantastic time. Cinderella was always my favourite panto growing up x

  12. 3rd December 2015 / 10:29 am

    This brings back so many happy memories from my childhood, i used to so look forward to going to the pantomime every year. The new theatre looks great and good to hear you get a fab view from every seat. There’s nothing worse than being in an audience and not being able to see the stage properly! Glad you guys enjoyed Cinderella! xx

  13. 2nd December 2015 / 1:44 pm

    What a fantastic pantomime! The newly-refurbished theatre is great too.

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