It's panto time ... oh yes it is!

IT'S that time of year again - and panto fever is ready to spread around the region.

The classic Puss In Boots is set for a month-long run at Blackfriars Arts Centre, from Wednesday, December 6, until January 7.

Will, the miller's son, has nothing in the world apart from his cat, Puss. To help Will make his fortune Fairy Snowflake decides to give Puss the power of speech, and in his new boots (designed by Ma Bumble herself), the ingenious cat sets out to trick the royal family that his master is none other than the Marquis of Carabas.

Meanwhile, an evil ogre called Grumbleguts is terrorising the kingdom. Assisted by his villainous Lord Chamberlain, Grumbleguts is kidnapping the villagers of Lower Denture to be his servants – or even worse, his dinner! It is up to Will and his cunning cat to save the day.

Along with Ma Bumble, Tommy Tickle, Princess Apricot, Queen Constance and the others, the panto is packed full of songs, jokes and magic for all the family.

Tickets are now on sale from the box office on 01205 363108 – but discounted seats for school groups are selling out fast.

Cinderella will be having a ball at two venues – the Embassy in Skegness (0845 674 0505) from December 19 to 31, featuring Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson and camp comic Duncan Norvelle, and the Cresset in Peterborough (01733 265705) from December 19 to January 6.

Beauty and the Beast will share a stage at the Broadway Theatre in Peterborough from December 15 to January 7, with an all-star cast including Paul Shane and Frazer Hines (01733 316100). The same show will also be at Grantham's Guildhall Arts Centre from December 18 to January 6 (call 01476 406158).

Aladdin will be polishing his lamp at the Palace Theatre in Newark (01636 655755) between December 11 and January 7 – starring Martin Daniels – and Kings Lynn Arts Centre (01553 764864) from December 29 until January 2.

Peter Pan will fly into Grimsby Auditorium (01472 311311) from December 9 until January 3.

A West End cast is promised for an extravagant production of Treasure Island and the Pirates of the Caribbean at Lincoln's Theatre Royal (01522 525555) from December 16 to January 21.

Jack and the Beanstalk will be working its magic at Spalding's South Holland Centre from December 10-31 (01775 764777) and also the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton (01485 532252) from December 7 until January 3.

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