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A Special SeasonEvents of Events SociallyDistanced Distanced For Safety Andand Comfort A Season of Special Socially ForYour Your Safety Comfort

Dec 2020 – March 2021  Box Office: 01242 572573  everymantheatre.org.uk

Welcome Back It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly a year since we released our last brochure, following our most successful pantomime ever. We looked to that year ahead with a great sense of anticipation for what promised to be our strongest line-up of events ever. As we know that sense of anticipation was turned on its head on March 23rd with the announcement that all theatre’s in the country were to shut. Over the last nine months we’ve done a tremendous amount of work to keep the theatre viable and ensure our survival during this pandemic. We were fortunate that our application for a Culture Recovery Grant was accepted and we were awarded £832,000 by Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The grant has been a lifeline allowing us the opportunity to navigate this difficult period until we’re able to return to hosting performances at our full auditorium capacity. As a result of the Culture Recovery Grant and the hard work of the Everyman Theatre’s dedicated staff we are able to present shows to a reduced capacity, socially distanced audience. Following trial performances in September and October and a comprehensive Health and Safety audit by one of the theatre industry’s most trusted organisations, R&B Health and Safety Solutions, we have reconfigured our seating plans to make your visit as safe as possible. Additional protocols have also been put in place. Among these are hand sanitiser dispensers stationed throughout the theatre, temperature checks and face coverings worn by all theatre staff and visitors.

Christmas magic you’ve come to expect from the Everyman Theatre. Our season continues after the pantomime with two new comedies in collaboration with Cirencester’s renowned Barn Theatre, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and a barking mad adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. We are very happy that we will have the opportunity to present The Everyman Theatre Company production of The Birthday Party, starring Michelle Collins and Tristan Gemmill, which was in the final week of rehearsals when we entered lockdown for the first time. The upcoming season will also see us hosting socially distanced versions of the ever popular Mischief Theatre production, The Play That Goes Wrong and a star studded staging of Michael Frayn’s comedy Benefactors, starring Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of the Everyman Theatre who have continued to work hard during our enforced closure and our loyal customers who have supported us by purchasing vouchers and remaining patient and encouraging while we navigate the complicated process of rescheduling events that were due to take place in the previous year. Now, more than ever, theatre needs your support, and we all need the communion and shared experience that theatre provides. We hope you will join us so that we can all move forward together. Sincerely,

Our first priority for socially distanced productions is to present some version of our annual pantomime. While we will not able to deliver our planned production of Jack and the Beanstalk until December of 2021, we have created an all new show, which we hope perfectly encapsulates and finds the humour in this particular moment in time. Tweedy’s REDUCED Pantomime (That Might Go A Bit Wrong) features a small but very talented cast and will provide the



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The Everyman Theatre Education and Community Department

Keeping you engaged while we’re apart Thank you to everyone who has supported the Everyman Theatre’s Education and Community department throughout our closure, our staff and practitioners who have worked hard and given so much of their time to continue delivering unique experiences and all of the participants who continue to stay engaged and carry on with positivity and optimism…

Work with our partners at Stage Door Learning to deliver training and performances for their BTEC students

Deliver Arts Award Provision to over 30 students via distance learning

Stream our acclaimed children’s performances including The Owl and The Pussycat with our partners from Hammerpuzzle Theatre

Host interactive evenings of magic and mayhem with some of the world’s finest prestidigitators during An Evening IN Of Deception via Zoom

And so much more...

Thanks to all of your efforts we’ve been able to: •

Deliver our acclaimed Musical Theatre Summer School programme culminating in a streamed performance

Pivot our Youth Theatre to online delivery when necessary

Provide Professional Development work including our Writers’ Lab and Actors’ Lab in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire

Continue our Casting On knitting group sessions online

Deliver lectures and development opportunities to students at the University of Gloucestershire

We remain committed to continuing our educational opportunities, community engagement and support for the people of Gloucestershire and beyond for as long as we possibly can. To find out how you can help us continue our provision or to take part in any of our upcoming programmes email getinvolved@everymantheatre.org.uk

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The Everyman Theatre presents


REDUCED Pantomime (That Might Go A Bit Wrong!)

Writer and Co-Director Samuel Holmes • Choreographer and Co-Director Nick Winston • Designers Phil R Daniels and Charles Cusick Smith

December 2020 7pm

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Sun 6 Dec



Mon 7 Dec Tue 8 Dec Wed 9 Dec Thu 10 Dec

Fri 4 Dec 2020 – Sun 3 Jan 2021

Fri 11 Dec Sat 12 Dec



Tweedy’s back for some pandemic pandemonium with Tweedy’s REDUCED Pantomime (That Might Go A Bit Wrong!)

Sun 13 Dec



The team behind the Everyman’s annual familyfriendly favourite have created an all new, reduced capacity, socially distanced show for your safety and comfort. Packed with Tweedy’s hilarious hi-jinks and returning favourites Kane Verrall (Dandini), Kevin Brewis (Ugly Sister) and Samuel Holmes from Cinderella along with Ben Darcy (Aladdin), this is a show not to be missed.

Fri 18 Dec 11am


Experience all your favourite pantomime moments in one hilariously reduced production. Will Tweedy take on King Rat, conquer the Evil Queen, outsmart Abanazar or cut the giant down to size? Find out in Tweedy’s REDUCED Pantomime - Guaranteed to have more laughs than cast! Also Starring…

Mon 14 Dec Tue 15 Dec Wed 16 Dec Thu 17 Dec Sat 19 Dec

7pm 7.30pm

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Fri 25 Dec Sat 26 Dec



Sun 27 Dec



7.30pm 7.30pm

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January 2021 Sat 2 Feb



Sun 3 Jan



Tickets £5 - £33 Schools £12.50 Samuel Holmes

Kane Verrall

Kevin Brewis

Tweedy’s REDUCED Pantomime A Christmas Carol page 6

Casey Al-Shaqsy

Tsemaya Bob-Egbe

Ben Darcy

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Box Tale Soup in association with the Everyman Theatre

A Christmas Carol Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens

Sat 19 – Thu 31 Dec Times: 12pm and 7.30pm (see page 5 for details) All Tickets £15

A Magical, Socially Distanced Christmas Treat for the entire family… “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Ebenezer Scrooge, a cold, covetous, mean-spirited old sinner, despises cheer and festivity. But this Christmas, one magical night will change his life forever and thaw his icy heart.

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Created by Box Tale Soup, featuring remarkable puppetry and all original music, Dickens’ classic is lovingly brought to life in a brand new production. Perhaps we’d all like to say ‘Bah, Humbug!’ to 2020… so join us, and rediscover the joy of live theatre and the timeless wonder of A Christmas Carol! Runs without an interval.



15%  ‘…A magical evening for every one of us…’

04 December – 30 December 2020 The Wonderful After-Dark Adventure! Discover the magical characters of The Nutcracker in this new illuminated trail, now in its 5th year! Book tickets online or by phone on 01242 705 555 Everymantheatre.org.uk/sudeley

The Everyman Theatre and Barn Theatre, Cirencester presents

The Importance of Being Earnest Written by Oscar Wilde • Directed by Bryan Hodgson

Thu 7 – Sat 16 January Evenings: Tue –Sat 7.30pm • Matinee: Thu and Sat 2.00pm Tickets from £21

Oscar Wilde’s cherished The Importance of Being Earnest as you’ve never seen it before. The stage is set, the lights are dimmed… the cast are stuck in traffic! Join producer Graham de Hare and stage manager Kevin McKinnon as they are left to save the day in this “laugh out loud riot” where anything that could go wrong, will go wrong! Following smash-hit runs at the Barn Theatre, Cirencester and London this “energetic two-man staging” is back and it is bigger, bolder and camper than ever! Filled with rapid quick-changes, tap dancing, fabulous frocks and enough tea to sink a ship, audiences are in for a wildly waggish time. Get your handbag at the ready as this is the night out you don’t want to miss!

“energetic two-man staging” The Stage “genuinely brilliant comic moments…a quirky take on a comedy classic” The Reviews Hub “a laugh out loud riot that is just sensational” Boyz Magazine

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michelle collins and tristan gemmill

FRONT all venues on one design

The Everyman Theatre Company presents

Also Starring David

Carr, Paul Hickey, ChriS GArner AND Stephanie Clift

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Lorem Ipsum The Birthday Party Presented by ... The Everyman Theatre Company presents

By ... • Book by ... • Music & Lyrics by ... Written by Harold Pinter  •  Directed by: Paul Milton • Design by Michael Holt • Lighting Design by Michael Hall • Sound Design by Steve Anderson

Tue 4 – Sat 8 June Wed 27 Jan – Sat 6 Feb Evenings: Tue – Sat 7.30pm • Matinee: Sat 2.00pm

Tickets £20 Evenings: Mon- –£27.50 Sat 7.30pm  •  Matinees: Thu and Sat 2.00pm No Concessions Tickets from £24 D/GS/16/25 (see p.60)

Harold Pinter’s comedy of menace gets a dramatic new re-imagining from the team behind Waiting for Godot. Originally scheduled to open in April of 2020 the Everyman Theatre is proud to present Harold Pinter’s most popular and widely performed play, socially distanced for your safety and comfort. Set in a dilapidated seaside boarding house the mysterious Stanley Webber receives a visit from two sinister strangers, Goldberg and McCann. They arrive on Stanley’s birthday – or is it? What do they want and why do they want to turn Stanley’s quiet world upside down? The Everyman Theatre Company brings together a star cast, including Michelle Collins and Tristan Gemmill, to present Pinter’s classic and most performed darkly-comic masterpiece. Best known for her roles as Cindy Beale in EastEnders and Stella Price in Coronation Street, Michelle has graced our screens and stage for over 30 years. In addition to notable television roles in Real Women, Dr Who and Casualty, her stage credits include Calendar Girls, Rattle of a Simple Man, The Vagina Monologues and Never Forget. Tristan Gemmill is widely recognised for his role as Robert Preston in Coronation Street and for playing Dr Adam Trueman in the much loved medical drama Casualty. Screen roles have seen him starring alongside Adrian Brody and Kiera Knightley in The Jacket and The Curse of the Midas Box with Michael Sheen and Sam Neil.

“Harold Pinter is the most original writer to have emerged from the ‘new wave’ of dramatists who gave fresh life to the British theatre in the fifties and sixties.” The Times “60 years on, The Birthday Party has lost none of its capacity to intrigue” The Guardian “Mr Pinter’s terrifying blend of pathos and hatred fuses unforgettably into the stuff of art” The Guardian

Also starring David Carr, Paul Hickey, Chris Garner and Stephanie Clift.

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Lorem Ipsum The byHound of the Baskervilles Presented ... The Everyman Theatre and Barn Theatre, Cirencester presents

By ... • Book by ... • Music & Lyrics by ... Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  •  Adapted by John Nicholson and Steven Canny

Tue – Sat 8 June Wed410 – Sun 21 Feb

Evenings: Tue – Sat 7.30pm • Matinee: Sat 2.00pm Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.30pm  •  Matinees: Thu and Sat 2.30pm Tickets £20 - £27.50 Tickets from £21 No Concessions

You’d be “barking mad” to miss this non-stop, laugh-a-minute farce! When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on his estate, with a look of terror still etched on his face, and the paw prints of a gigantic hound beside his body, the great detective Sherlock Holmes is summoned from Baker Street, with Dr Watson in tow, to unravel the mysteries surrounding his death, and investigate the ancient curse of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Written by John Nicholson and Steven Canny for the hit comedy team Peepolykus, this production premiered at the Barn Theatre, Cirencester in 2018. 12  Box Office: 01242 572573 Everymantheatre.org.uk 12  Box Office: 01242 572573 Everymantheatre.org.uk

“It’s wonderful. It’s funny. It’s non-stop” Cotswold Life “Witty, fast-paced and expertly intertwined with fourth-wall breaking moments” SoGlos “Even the most devoted Sherlock Holmes fans will find much to enjoy in this threehanded comic spoof” The Stage



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Tweedy’s Lost Property Sun 14 – Wed 17 Feb Times Sun 1pm and 4pm, Mon 11am and 2pm, Tue and Wed 2pm Tickets from £14

The comedy and slapstick legend and star of The Everyman Theatre’s Pantomime and Giffords Circus is back… A comedy about a clown who gives in to society and gets a real job Not knowing who he is anymore, Tweedy gets a job in a Lost Property Office to try and find himself. The consequences of attempting to run the office are hilarious - the lost property in his possession seem to develop lives of their own and allied with his own body rebelling against him he is constantly prevented from answering the ringing telephone. In this one man, family show, Tweedy illustrates an impressive repertoire of comedic talents which have made him one of the most respected and popular clowns the country currently has to offer. No matter what he does, Tweedy seems to get into a mess, but to the delight of audiences of all ages he can always find a creative way to get out of it. Tweedy will never get too big for his pants, his pants will always be too big for him.

“The best clown I have ever seen” The Independent “The brilliant Tweedy, a circus clown and true genius had the audience crying with laughter” The Sunday Telegraph “Tweedy’s act was timed to perfection, innovative, wonderfully visual and very, very funny” The Stage

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Kenny Wax Ltd & Stage Presence Ltd present a Mischief Theatre Production

The Play That Goes Wrong Tue 23 Feb – Sun 7 Mar Evenings: Tue –Sat 7.30pm • Matinee: Thu, Sat and Sun 2pm Tickets from £31


Mischief Theatre’s multi award-winning international smash hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong is returning to the Everyman Theatre for its third visit, following previous sell-out successes. The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! As the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue! Hailed “a gut-busting hit” by the New York Times, The Play That Goes Wrong, now in its sixth year in the West End, has won a host of celebrity endorsements from the likes of Joanna Lumley “We laughed until the tears ran down our faces, it has to be seen” to Ant & Dec “The funniest show we’ve seen! If you can get a ticket, go!”

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“I feared I was going to hyperventilate” The Daily Mail


“Genuinely hilarious. Boy, does it hit the funny bone” The Daily Telegraph


“Ridiculously funny” The Times


“Exquisitely choreographed mayhem” The Independent


“A triumph of split-second timing” Metro





Production photos by Robert Day. All photos feature previous casts. 2021 casting to be announced.


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Elton John: It’s A Little Bit Funny Fri 22 January 7pm Tickets £15

It’s A Little Bit Funny tells the incredible story of Elton John’s rise and fall (and rise again) as one of the most successful singer/songwriters ever. Don’t miss Martin Kaye (star of Million Dollar Quartet) as he performs some of Elton John’s greatest hits and shares the story of one incredible night in Vegas with the legend himself. An evening of confessions, anecdotes, jokes and – of course – fabulous songs.

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Russel Kane

Al Murray

Sat 23 January

Sun 7 February

6pm and 8.30pm Tickets £29

6pm and 8.30pm Tickets £31.50

The multi award-winning comedian, presenter, actor, author, podcaster and scriptwriter returns to the Everyman Theatre for a special socially distanced performance.

Al Murray returns to the Everyman Theatre with his alter-ego, The Pub Landlord. Don’t miss one of the most recognisable and successful comics in the UK with an all new safe and socially distanced show.

Don’t miss one of the country’s most incisive comics in a unique limited capacity event.

For over 20 years Al has filled arenas around the world, won numerous awards and accolades and has successfully hosted an array of TV series which include Al Murray’s Happy Hour (ITV) and the ground breaking sitcom Time Gentlemen Please (Sky One) which has become something of a modern day cult classic.

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Jonathan Church Theatre Productions and Chichester Festival Theatre present

Benefactors Written by Michael Frayn • Directed by Charlotte Gwinner • Starring Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner

Mon 29 March – Sat 3 April Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.30pm • Matinee: Wed and Sat 2pm Tickets from £30.50

“Fairness and tidiness and truth are for people who’ve got what they want already.” In their comfortable period house, David is busy designing a new architectural scheme for a run-down area of South London while his wife, Jane, is doing her best to help its deprived and struggling tenant. They also have a redevelopment project nearer to home: David’s old school chum Colin and his wife Sheila, whose lives aren’t quite as desirable as their neighbours.

(Bridge Theatre), Mrs Affleck and The Winter’s Tale (National Theatre). Hugh’s many TV appearances include Fleabag, My Hero, Mock The Week and Radio 4’s The Now Show.

But as Sheila becomes increasingly reliant on their support and David’s idealistic designs move inexorably skywards, the foundations start to shift. Who exactly is benefiting from these well-meaning ventures? And to what end? Michael Frayn’s classic comedy – winner of the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best Play – is a funny, gripping and wryly shrewd look at the unforeseen consequences of our best intentions. Hugh Dennis (David) and Claire Skinner (Jane) starred in the hugely popular BBC sitcom Outnumbered. Claire’s extensive theatre work includes A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (West End), Nightfall

Hugh Dennis

“Dazzling, a comedy in the darkest sense” The New York Times

Claire Skinner

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Information Please Be Aware Of The Following Revised Protocols Currently In Place For Socially Distanced Performances: The Box office is currently open for phone bookings Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 3:30pm. The box office will also be open 2 hours prior to performance times. For box office queries outside of these hours please email exchanges@ everymantheatre.org.uk Booking Online: everymantheatre.org.uk By telephone: 01242 572573 Refunds/Exchanges: In the event of a cancellation or rescheduling of a performance the box office will be in contact with all ticket holders with information on rescheduled performances, exchanges or refunds where necessary. Changes: This brochure is presumed correct at the time of printing. The Everyman Theatre reserves the right to make alterations to the programme, prices and/or casting as necessary. Late Arrivals: Every effort will be made to admit latecomers as soon as a suitable break occurs, but admission is not guaranteed. Parking: The Regent Arcade Car Park will be open but the entrance to the theatre from the car park will not be in use. Please enter the theatre via the Regent Street entrances. Please note there is no wheelchair access from the Regent Arcade car park when the Regent Arcade shopping centre is closed. Please note: We aim to open the auditorium 40 minutes prior to showtime. Please note there may be queues to enter the theatre on arrival Service in our cafés and bars during performances is variable. Please check everymantheatre.org.uk for updates. Customers who purchased tickets and have provided email details will be notified in advance of café and bar opening schedules as well as interval drink services. Please do not take your own food and drink into the auditorium. Please check your tickets in advance. Visitors seated in the Stalls are asked to enter the theatre via the main (central) entrance. Visitors seated in the Circle, Upper Circle and Balcony are asked to enter through the side entrance (closest to the High Street). Upon arrival at the theatre please be aware of additional signage and instructions which will be given by theatre staff. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times when visiting the theatre. Staff will be conducting temperature checks on arrival. Please sanitise your hands on arrival. Hand sanitiser will be available throughout the building. Our staff will be wearing face coverings. In line with Government guidelines we ask all visitors to wear a suitable face covering when visiting the theatre. When seated in the auditorium you will be socially distanced from other guests. There will be unoccupied seats in the auditorium for social distancing purposes. Please take care to occupy only the seats purchased for your party. The ticket purchaser’s details will be stored for Test and Trace purposes. Details will be held in accordance with data security guidelines. To avoid congestion, we ask that all guests remain seated at the end of the performance until directed to exit by our front of house staff. Due to the need for increased ventilation the auditorium may be colder than under usual circumstances. If you have any further queries please contact the Box Office on 01242 572573. Please note: The management reserves the right to ask any ticket holder causing a disturbance to leave the theatre without refund.

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Seating Plan

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Regent Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1HQ

Access Facilities Parking for blue badge holders in Regent Street. Level access for wheelchairs into the theatre from Regent Street. Wheelchair spaces are available in the Stalls (ramped access). One wheelchair space is available in the Irving Studio Theatre. Accessible toilets on Stalls level.



Guide/assistance dogs welcome.

Large print brochures P available on request



We have an infra-red sound enhancement system in the main auditorium. Using a headset (with or without a hearing aid), you can boost the volume of the performance. Ask our usher at the kiosk for a headset. Note: There may be a temporary reduction in available capacity.


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Calendar Performance

Highlights of the upcoming season Venue


Tweedy’s REDUCED Pantomime Fri 4 December 2020 – Sun 3 Jan 2021

Main House


A Christmas Carol Sat 19 - Thu 31 December

Main House




Tweedy’s REDUCED Pantomime

The Importance of Being Earnest Main House Thu 7 – Sat 16 January


Elton John: It’s A Little Bit Funny Main House Fri 22 January


Russel Kane Sat 23January

Main House


Al Murray Sun 7 February

Main House


The Birthday Party Wed 27 Jan - Sat 6 Feb

Main House



Fri 4 Dec – Sun 3 Jan. Page 4

The Birthday Party

The Hound of the Baskervilles Wed 10 - Sun 21 Feb

Main House


Tweedy’s Lost Property Sun 14 – Wed 17 Feb

Main House


The Play That Goes Wrong Tue 23 Feb - Sun 7 Mar

Main House


Main House


Wed 27 Jan – Sat 6 Feb. Page 10

March Benefactors Mon 29 March – Sat 3 April

The Hound of the Baskervilles Wed 10 – Sun 21 Feb. Page 12 Funded by

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