Two socially distanced Christmas productions for Cheltenham

Published: 8 October 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Pandemic pandemonium: one of two Christmas productions at the Everyman

Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre has announced two 'socially distanced' productions for Christmas 2020 which will alternate in the main auditorium: a cut-down panto and a “family-focused” adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.

Written by Samuel Holmes and Nick Winston, Tweedy’s “Reduced” Pantomime (That Might Go a Bit Wrong!) will feature the return of “Gloucestershire’s favourite clown” Tweedy for some pandemic pandemonium. The cast also includes Kane Verrall and Kevin Brewis. It will run from Friday 4 December until Sunday 3 January 2021.

A Christmas Carol will be presented in association with frequent Everyman Theatre collaborators Box Tale Soup. It will feature puppetry and original music. The show will run from Saturday 19 until Thursday 31 December.

A health and safety audit has led to several rows of seats being removed and the capacity being reduced from 680 to 350.

Everyman Theatre chief executive Mark Goucher said, “we’re all devastated by the effects of the pandemic on our industry but we’re hoping to bring a little cheer to everyone this season.

“The staff of the theatre and our incredible creative team have been working very hard to make sure the venue and our productions are as safe as possible. We hope that our efforts and shows will be supported by audiences who feel safe and confident in the environment we create for them.”