Pantomime aims to beat the January blues

Brighouse Theatre Productions cast members in their production of 'Beauty and the Beast'
Brighouse Theatre Productions cast members in their production of 'Beauty and the Beast'

Now that Christmas is over and the January blues are setting in, a Brighouse theatre group is aiming to lift spirits at the start of 2015.

From January 22–25, Brighouse Theatre Productions will be presenting its annual family pantomime at Brighouse Civic Hall.

This year the group has chosen to perform “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”.

Produced by Shane Gough, with music under the direction of Jill Lambert and choreography by Philippa Gibson - who is bringing her dancers from her PM Gibson School of Theatre Dance - the theatre group is aiming for another successful show.

Cast members are thoroughly enjoying their rehearsals, and for most of them it will be their first pantomime performance in Brighouse.

For Vicky Taylor it will be her eighth panto and the fifth for Emma Newsome.

Also appearing again are Holly Robson, Debbie Granger, Sophie Tankard, Richard Walsh, Andrew Featherstone, Paul Tankard and Jim Butler.

New cast members this year include Tom Lambert, Taylor Mallinson and Chloe Jones.

John Murphy, who audiences are used to seeing in the role of Buttons, Idle Jack or some such lovable but silly character will this year face an intersting transformation as he makes his debut as the Dame - Fatima.

Evening performances on January 22, 23 and 24 start at 7.15pm. There are two matinees; Saturday at 2.15pm and Sunday at 1.15pm.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £7 for senior citizens and children. A family ticket costs £30 for four tickets (maximum two adult tickets).

To book, call 01484 714563.

Tickets will also be on sale at Ryecorn Wholefoods, Bethel Street, Brighouse, on Saturday, January 10 and 17 between 10am and 2pm.