After the success of Peter Pan last year, which broke all the society’s records for audience numbers, Grenoside Pantoimimes are returning to more traditional ground.
Susan Hewerdine from the group said: “We have the Widow Twankey, whose name incidentally derives from a popular brand of tea 150 years ago which came from a province in China called Twan Kay. But why does she have a laundrette in Peking?
“Why does her son Aladdin have an Arabian name? And why doesn’t anybody think of using their first wish to ask the Genie for lots more wishes?
“But that’s panto for you. The comic policemen, Abanazar and his henchman Igor, the beautiful Princess Jasmine and her hand-maiden Layla, the troublesome washing machine, “new lamps for old”: they’re all there
“We have 14 principals, 14 chorus members, 24 dancers and lots of people doing vital jobs off-stage. That’s 70 people who have to work as a team to make the panto come to life. And they will, because they always do!”
Prices are £8 for adults, £6 children and concessions,and £25 for a family ticket (2+2). All proceeds go to the upkeep of the venue.
For tickets, call 0114 2468937