The Autumn of 2020 was a disjointed affair consisting of endless restrictions and lockdowns that made both operating and planning ahead incredibly difficult. A year on, The Roses finds itself looking forward to a very different Autumn season this year; a vibrant, action packed season which will culminate in a brand new, specially written pantomime, King Arthur: The Panto!
Originally planned for 2020, King Arthur has been written by the BAFTA award-winning writer behind Birds Of A Feather and Dreamboats & Petticoats, Maurice Gran. Set in Medieval Tewkesbury, it tells the story of a humble baker boy who is destined for far greater things than his humble upbringing belies. Of course, the path to glory is never straightforward when it comes to pantomime, so audiences can expect the usual slapdashery and silliness they’d expect from one of Tewkesbury’s traditional family pantomimes!
Before December rolls around, though, there is a whole programme of dance, music, theatre, family fun, event cinema and film to look forward to. Many shows slated to appear have been waiting to set foot on The Roses’ stage for 18 months, as the pandemic forced their postponement. These include the ever popular That’ll Be the Day, the acclaimed Rod Stewart tribute Some Guys Have All The Luck, top comedians Seann Walsh, Omid Djalili, Andy Parsons and Ed Byrne; and Russian National Ballet with the perennial festive favourite, The Nutcracker.
There are new additions to the programme too. This autumn will see the debut visit from The Gramophones Theatre Company with their incredible aerial theatre show Tarzanna, which will delight families during half term week; and notorious Sex Pistol John Lydon will also make his first visit to Tewkesbury in an intimate evening where he will talk about his life and career.
Away from the stage and screen, The Roses is delighted to be once again hosting its Feel Good Festival. Launched during the height of lockdown in 2020 as a way of bringing people together online and combatting the isolation lockdown brought on so many, 2021’s festival will see many activities brought back under The Roses’ roof. Featuring creative and performing arts workshops, this year’s Feel Good Festival is themed around musicals, and promises to be a month long riot of music and colour for participants to lose themselves in.
The Roses’ Autumn brochure can be read online here.