Classic fairytale in panto

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A classic children’s fairytale will be played out on stage as panto comes to Newsham next week.

And to make it even more special this year’s production at St Bede’s Church marks 30 years of pantomime for the venue.

This year the cast will be performing Sleeping Beauty.

The cast is made up of thespians from the local area with a broad age range.

And the script is written by Newcastle Theatre Royal’s panto villain Steve Arnott and leading West End producer Michael Harrison for Grimaldi pantomimes.

The panto truly does stay as close to traditional panto as you can get, with beautiful costumes and set, side splitting comedy, lively song and dance routines, lots of cream cakes and a touch of magic.

Sleeping Beauty tells the tale of the King and Queen who longed for a child.

They were finally granted their wish and a beautiful princess was born.

But when a big feast was held one of the fairies told the family that when the Princess turned 15 she would prick her finger and die.

On her 15th birthday the princess pricked her finger on a spindle.

But she didn’t die, she fell into a deep, deep sleep in which she would remain for 100 years.

Fast forward ten decades and a prince turns up to see Sleeping Beauty, he kisses her and she awakens. They later marry and live happily ever after.

Sleeping Beauty opens at St Bede’s Church on Tuesday.

It runs until Saturday, November 24.

Weekday performances take place at 7.15pm with a Saturday matinee at 1.30pm and an evening performance at 5.30pm at the parish centre.

The box office for tickets for the production is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 12.30pm or book online www.ticketsource.co.uk/st-bedes-church

Tickets are priced as follows – adults £8.50, children (under 16) £7.