The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury has brought the classic tale of Snow White bang up-to-date with a laugh-out-loud witty script, an inspiring female hero, and a blossoming bromance.
Adding to the mix some temperamental technology, a fabulous female baddie, lots of toe-tapping tunes and a very flirtatious Dame, this year Gloucestershire audiences are in for a huge Christmas treat.
Jessica Brewster, Director of the Roses, said: “This year, the Roses is staging Snow White for the first time in its 48-year history. It’s the perfect story for the new approach the Roses has been taking to our much-loved Christmas panto, commissioning world-class writers to retell these classic stories by giving them a distinctly contemporary twist that aims to bring warmth and light into the weirdness of our world.
“In our Snow White, we ensure female characters have all the depth, courage and adventurousness traditionally given to the men, and wider storylines that reflect 21st century issues and themes.
“You can expect all the fun, frolics, silliness and smut of a traditional panto, but with a big heart that challenges out-of-date social norms and celebrates the vibrant diversity of modern Britain in a way we know our audiences will love.”
Jolyon ‘Jon’ Dixon, is making his Tewkesbury debut in the role of the flamboyant, big-hearted dame, Nanny Mac.
Jon said: “Panto is so important as it’s the first experience most children have of the theatre – we can unlock the door to a whole world of culture and delights and I take that responsibility very, very seriously!
“This is my 13th panto and I’m thrilled to be here in Tewkesbury. I’m obsessed with panto – it’s history and what it can bring to people in the current climate.”
Jon will be joined by Georgia Mann as Snow White, Tracy Collier as evil queen Malvinha, Elliot Wooster playing Jim and Murray Andrews as Ted and Reflexa, the magical mirror.
The witty script has been penned by BAFTA-winning writer Maurice Gran and local playwright Nick Wilkes. Maurice along with his writing partner, Laurence Marks, has co-written some of the UK’s most-loved TV sitcoms including Birds of a Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart and The New Statesman.
Snow White runs between Saturday, November 26 and Saturday, December 31. Tickets are available on The Roses website www.rosestheatre.org or calling on 01684 295074.
The show is kindly sponsored by Thomson & Bancks Solicitors.