life's a stage: Adrian Locher, left, and Alexander Gifford during a break in rehearsals at the Picturedrome.
Tucked away in one of Gloucester's most culturally vibrant districts, a true hidden gem of the city is waiting to make its biggest comeback yet.
The former New Olympus Theatre in Barton Street was bought by businessmen Ash Chavda and Babu Odedra in early 2008.
And after almost two years of work on the Picturedrome, a new company is preparing a production to bring the theatre back into the limelight.
Members of the Gloucester Theatre Company are currently preparing to take their rendition of C.S. Lewis's popular tale The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to the Barton stage.
Producer Adrian Locher said they are focusing on a very bright future for the Picturedrome.
"We took the reins here in January," said Adrian.
"I think Ash and Babu had done all this work and then discovered that they weren't theatre people.
"Although we have done things since we took over in January, we really see this as the official relaunch of the theatre.
"People have said to us that this is the wrong side of town for a theatre, but we said no, let's make it the right end of town.
"This show is how we want to launch the theatre as a venue for Gloucestershire, and something which Gloucester can be proud of again."
Since October, cast, crew and musicians have been working around the clock making lion's heads, learning lines, and creating the magical world of Narnia on the theatre's stage.
Actors now rehearse daily for the show, which opens on Friday night.
Rosemary Kear, from Stroud, will play Lucy in the performance, which runs until January 3.
She said: "The last week has been a crunch time.
"A lot of hard work, but very rewarding.
"I guess I'm half nervous and half excited about the opening on Friday."
Along with a real walking lion, the show will feature a flying eagle, a giant, and a rotating wardrobe. The orchestra is made up of members of the company.
"We took the decision not to do a panto because pantos happen all the time, and it's not really our style," said Adrian.
"It's a beautiful theatre production, with a wonderful mix of professional and youth actors, and I think the theatre is absolutely perfect for what we're trying to do."