Oh yes, it's panto time again!

It's almost panto time again and youngsters in Berwick have been given a taste of Spittal Variety Group's latest production.

Friday, 13th January 2017, 3:19 pm
Pippin, Geraldine Skelly, the Pied Piper went to Holy Trinity School to get some practise in before going on stage in the Spittal Variety Groups pantomime "The Pied Piper".

Pippin the Pied Piper, Geraldine Skelly, went to Holy Trinity School to get some practise in before going on stage in Spittal Variety Group’s pantomime version of The Pied Piper.

This year the group has gone for a less commonly performed pantomime.

It still remains one of the traditional fables, but has been updated with all the usual pantomime slapstick and commotion.

Dame Helga is the local sausage maker and pig farmer, helped by her sons Willie and Hans, in a town overrun by rats, controlled by Rat Worst and Sour Kraut.

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Pippin the Pied Piper appears and leads the rats out of town with his pipe music. But it’s not plain sailing for the villagers.

However, as usual, good eventually triumphs over evil, and with a little help from Fairy Strudel, all is well again in the village of Hamelin.

The stellar line-up of performers is backed up once again by a brilliant team behind the scenes.

There will be fabulous costumes, beautiful choreography for dance numbers, amazing sets to give the best backdrop possible and, of course, plenty of songs and music.

Last year’s performance of Jack and the Beanstalk received critical acclaim and was described as “the perfect tonic” and “guaranteed to cheer us up”.

The show is on at Berwick Maltings theatre from Tuesday until Sunday, January 22.

Performances are at 7.15pm each night, except Sunday, with a 2.15pm matinee on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets cost £12, £10.50 concessions, and can be booked online at www.maltingsberwick.co.uk or from the box office on 01289 330999. Alternatively, get them from the theatre in person.

Please note, there are no concessions available on Friday or Saturday evenings.