(We have been invited along to review some of these shows)
A host of star shows and names are heading to the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham this autumn in a brand-new season.
The new brochure is packed full of shows to appeal to all ages and the jewel in the crown has to be the annual family pantomime, this year it’s Cinderella, the most magical of them all!
New shows announced for 2020 include the international smash hit musical, Six. The Tudor Queens of Henry VIII remix 500 years of historical heartbreak into a celebration of 21st century girl power!
The Everyman Theatre Company is back in February to banish the blues with the Willy Russell play, Shirley Valentine starring Claire Sweeney (Brookside, Chicago). And in April, they return with a menacing comedy from … playwright, Harold Pinter.
Kay Mellor’s Band of Gold was a huge TV hit in the 90s and this is its world premiere on stage. The nail-biting thriller set on a notorious red-light district stars big names including Gaynor Faye (Emmerdale, Calendar Girls); Laurie Brett (EastEnders, Les Miserables); Kieron Richardson (Hollyoakes, Heartbeat) and Shayne Ward (Coronation Street, X Factor winner).
Comedy is very much a theme of the season with star comedians Andy Parsons, Dave Gorman, Ardal O’Hanlon; David Baddiel and Chris Ramsey taking centre stage. The hilarious Some Mothers Do ‘Ave’Em, based on the 1970s classic TV series starring Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice, is in town …..starring Joe Pasquale as the lovable accident-prone Frank Spencer along with Sarah Earnshaw as long-suffering wife Betty and the wonderful Susie Blake (Coronation Street, The Victoria Wood Show and the Everyman’s Cider with Rosie) as his disapproving mother in law.
Mark Goucher, chief executive of the Everyman Theatre said. ‘This brochure takes us through the autumn and into 2020 with a packed programme of great shows. Our pantomime – Cinderella – will be bigger than ever with a great line up of West End performers with Tweedy leading the company. The Everyman will be producing three shows next spring including Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell; Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party and the brand-new Ian Hislop play, A Bunch of Amateurs.’
‘We have musicals including the first time visit for Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Six and a return of the sell-out hit Thriller Live; comedy from Dave Gorman and Chris Ramsey and a great mix of touring drama.’
‘We have just undergone a big refurbishment this summer to the café bar and restaurant so I hope that you will visit us not only to see a great show but also to enjoy our hospitality and VIP packages.’
For further details or to book go to everymantheatre.org.uk or call 01242 572573.