Phoenix Theatre Group’s first pantomime at the Sub Rooms in Stroud broke box office records for the Gloucestershire based venue, despite the ongoing problems with the COVID-19 pandemic and the ever-present threat of government forced closures.
Whilst many pantomimes across the country were pulling shows due to COVID-19 infections and poor ticket sales, our production completed its full run to critical acclaim from audiences, who loved the broad family appeal of the show. Sub Rooms trustee Hugh Phillimore, who was integral in bringing the production to the venue was delighted with the outcome:
“Thank you for all your efforts in bringing such a fantastic Beauty & The Beast to the Sub Rooms – it was a triumph. Feedback on social media has been tremendous.” Said Hugh. He then went on to quote from one of the many emails he has received
“Just wanted to say that your panto was awesome, punching far above its weight for a town the size of Stroud. Everyone on stage was so good to watch, and the production was great. So much fun! Thanks so much for making this happen”.
Beauty and the Beast was directed by Phoenix Creative Director Phil Dale and featured several of the original cast from the production that was originally staged at South Mill Arts in Bishop’s Stortford, which also broke box office records for that venue.
Plans are already underway to extend the number of shows at Stroud next year when we will be presenting Cinderella. Keep an eye on our social media channels for full details.