It’s panto time - oh yes it is

The Wicked Queen and seven dwarfs from St Bede's Easter pantomime.
The Wicked Queen and seven dwarfs from St Bede's Easter pantomime.
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If you thought panto season was behind you, think again, for it’s only just starting in Blyth. Oh yes it is.

The 28th annual Easter pantomime will take place at St Bede’s Church in Newsham next week.

And this year’s offering is classic fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The production has been penned by Michael Harrison and Steve Arnott, who promise it will be the ‘fairest panto in the land’.

Making her debut pantomime appearance is Kath Dryden as The Wicked Queen.

But the actress should be right at home playing the ‘baddie’ of the piece as the role comes just a few weeks since she played prisoner Yvonne Atkins in Blyth Music and Theatre Company’s production of Bad Girls The Musical at the town’s Phoenix Theatre.

She said: “Having never been cast into a pantomime before, this, for me, has been a great, fun experience.

“It is truly a great family show for all ages.”

The story follows princess Snow White, the fairest of them all, as she flees the clutches of The Wicked Queen, who orders her death after being consumed by jealousy over her beauty.

After escaping into the woods, the princess finds a home with the seven dwarfs, but with the Queen in hot pursuit, will Snow White’s beloved Prince Charming arrive in time to save the day?

All of the ingredients for a classic panto can be expected – the traditional fairy tale story with lots of belly laughs and gags, and plenty of twists and turns along the way. Not forgetting all the fun of the custard pie slapstick.

The show runs at St Bede’s Parish Centre from Tuesday, March 29 to Sunday, April 3. Performances are at 7.15pm on weekdays, 1.30pm and 5.30pm on the Saturday, and 5pm on the Sunday.

Tickets cost £6.50 adults, £4.50 children, available on the booking line, Monday to Saturday, from 10am daily, on 01670 364966.