Classical panto for Christmas

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THE CLASSICAL panto ‘Sleeping Beauty’ will be the show to see in Arbroath’s Webster Memorial Theatre in the run up to Christmas and beyond.

The fairytale that appeals to all the family opens on Thursday, December 6, and runs until Thursday, December 27.

Beauty falls into a sleep lasting 100 years after pricking her thumb on an old spinning wheel. Who can save Beauty and cut through the wild forest that has grown up covering her castle?

Perhaps the dashing Prince, played by Gary Tank Commander’s and River City’s Paul James Corrigan, helped by Bobby Bio, Gary Tank Commander’s Robert Jack, his bumbling sidekick from the local garden centre?

Romance, slapstick and exquisite costumes all merge into top-class professional family entertainment that is ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

This year’s Webster Theatre panto is being produced by NLP Theatre, whose production of ‘Singin’ I’m no a Billy, he’s a Tim’ by Des Dillon became Scottish Theatre’s biggest success story of recent times, with over 75 per cent of the people who came to see the Billy and Tim show having never been to a theatre before.

In 2010 Scott Kyle, director of NLP Theatre, won the Stage Best Actor award for his performance as Billy in the show. Scott also appeared as Stephen Clancy in Ken Loach’s new film ‘The Angels’ Share’.

Councillor Donald Morrison, convener of Angus Council’s neighbourhood services committee, commented: “I’m pleased to welcome NLP Theatre to the Webster Memorial Theatre. This Scottish theatre company is working in association with Angus Council to bring the people of Angus a quality professional pantomime which they can experience on their doorstep.”

‘Sleeping Beauty’ will run for three weeks with 30 performances. Early bird tickets for are now on sale from the Webster box office on 01241 435800.