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Top five things to do in Gloucestershire this weekend

Feeling the January blues? We've compiled a list of things to do in and around the county this weekend to banish the doom and gloom.

1# Enjoy a tribute band that will bring Bowie's music to life 

A David Bowie tribute band who authentically play songs from the great man's entire career will be performing at Café René in Gloucester tomorrow (Friday) night.

Rebel Heroes are a fantastic Bowie tribute that sonically reproduce his songs perfectly with incredible attention to detail.

They bring his music to life without the need for costumes - you can close your eyes and feel like you are at a David Bowie gig.

2# Watch a dynamic duo return to solve one of the Victorian era's biggest mysteries  

Four actors, one mystery...and no clue! A thrilling new comedy is currently touring round theatres, village halls and other community venues in Gloucestershire.

Famed for their Shakespeare summer season UK tours, professional Gloucester-based Rain or Shine Theatre Company are delighted to be on tour again this winter with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic characters.

After the success of The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Dracula, Rain or Shine are dying to bring you yet another fantastic evening of entertainment with their own individual comedic style. The dynamic duo return to solve one of the Victorian era's biggest mysteries: Sherlock Holmes and The Curious Case of Dr Jekyll & Miss Hyde.

For further details and tickets visit or ring 01452 521575.

3# Don't miss the last performance of Dick Whittington at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury 

The Roses Theatre has come up with yet another seasonal winner for Tewkesbury audiences in the shape of its much-anticipated pantomime Dick Whittington.

Writer and director Ben Crocker seems to produce first-class pantos for fun (literally). This year there will be over 200 of his pantomimes performed all over the world and this is his seventh consecutive year working at The Roses.

The story is loosely based around the familiar tale of the young Dick Whittington (Amy Bridges) who travels to rat-infested London to seek his fortune and falls in love with Alice Fitzwarren (Laura Barnard), daughter of Alderman Fitzwarren (Simon-Spencer Hyde).

Dick Whittington runs at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury until Saturday, January 5.

Performances vary in price, with tickets ranging from £15-£25. Family and group discounts are available on most performances.

4# Welcome in the New Year with a Strauss Gala at Cheltenham Town Hall  

The Bourmenouth Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating the New Year with a Strauss Gala at the lovely setting of Cheltenham Town Hall on Sunday afternoon (January 6).

Once again, the BSO will evoke the heady atmosphere of the Vienna Philharmonic's annual New Year's Day concert at the Musikverien, by celebrating 2019's arrival with an uplifting selection of waltzes, marches and arias by the King of the Waltz and his contemporaries.

The full forces of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under charismatic Viennese conductor Thomas Rösner (pictured) will be joined by an outstanding guest soprano to bring you an evening of swirling melodies, glamour and sparkle.

5# Enjoy a fantastic family-friendly show at The Barn Theatre, Cirencester 

Just So by Rudyard Kipling, whose other famous works include The Jungle Book, is a musical by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles written in 1984 and based on Kipling's Just So Stories.

These five Rudyard Kipling tales are woven together into a wondrous tale of personal courage, individuality and friendship.

Set to an eclectic, upbeat score; Kipling's Just So Stories are woven with wit and imagination into a song-filled journey through the jungle, bringing us an imaginatively empowering piece of theatre.

The show has been described as a designer's dream come true. They tell the story of the creation of all the animals by the Eldest Magician. Everything is Just So until Pau Amma the Crab starts playing with the ocean, which causes the land to flood, putting the other animals in danger.

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