It’s panto time already at theatre! Oh, yes it is…

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Despite the fact that winter is only just starting to melt away, thoughts at Rotherham Civic Theatre are turning towards the annual spectacular that is panto!

Rotherham Theatres manager Mark Scott explained the early excitement for the festive tradition.

“Rotherham audiences love panto, with many telling us year after year that it wouldn’t be Christmas without our festive fare, so, we at the theatre like to make sure we deliver the best show possible and try to go one better every year.

“We are therefore very proud to announce, that the pantomime for the 2014-15 season is the beloved tale of Aladdin. Oh no, it’s not! Oh yes, it certainly is, and we’re thrilled.

“It’s a show that is an undoubted fan favourite and one that lends itself perfectly to the festive season with a mix of magic, wonder, great songs, great comedy, a villain to hiss at, a lovely princess and, of course, a hero to save the day.

“We’re announcing the show now because tickets will be going on sale on April 1, and, no fooling, those key dates that everyone wants, specifically Christmas week and weekends, sell out fast, very fast, so make sure to get your seats if you want that festive treat.

“Saying that, pantomime was originally designed as a post-Christmas treat to cheer up the family after the lustre of the tree, presents and Queen’s Speech had passed, so, if you’re wanting to prolong the festive feeling, the show will run into January, often with hilarious results as the cast start to improvise more and more.”

Mark said: “Cast details are yet to be finalised, however we hope to be in a position to reveal our exciting line up in the not too distant future.

“We are delighted to welcome Shone Productions, who are a fantastic forward-thinking modern company managed by James Shone who produces shows with dazzling dance routines, great songs and stunning scripts.

“One of the things returning this year, and something we’re very excited about, is the live band, who will be replacing the pre-recorded tunes of the past to bring some real, lively atmosphere to the show.

“We haven’t had a live band for panto for over a decade, so it will be a really special occasion and something to look forward to.

“I’ve no doubt that this year will be a special one for panto fans in Rotherham and I can’t wait to see sold-out show after sold-out show.”

Tickets for Aladdin will go on sale on Tuesday, April 1, and can be purchased in person from the box office in the Rotherham Visitor Centre, by calling the box office on 01709 823621 or online at www.RotherhamTheatres.co.uk