Annie Fanny returning to star in another Scunthorpe pantomime - Oh yes she is!
A magical carpet ride will bring Scunthorpe's favourite pantomime dame Annie Fanny and other familiar faces back to star in Aladdin.
Tony Peers Productions is returning to town for this year's panto, which was launched at the Plowright Theatre.
The story, written and directed by Darren Johnson – who plays Annie Fanny – follows the traditional tale of love, crossed with good versus evil and a happy ever after hanging in the balance of a magic lamp.
Tony Peers, the show's producer, said: "We will be returning with our usual mix of mirth, mayhem and traditional pantomime entertainment.
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"Aladdin is one of my favourite pantomimes and it's an opportunity to introduce some spectacular costumes and sets."
Aladdin tells the story of a poor boy who is locked in a cave by the evil Abanazar.
He is only released after summoning the genie with the lamp.
But as in all good pantomimes, good defeats evil in the end.
The panto will run for a total of 54 shows at the Plowright from Saturday, December 8 to Sunday, January 6.
Mr Peers said the company was delighted to have Darren Johnson back in the role of Annie Fanny. He said: "Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Annie Fanny.
"Returning along with Darren this year, we have David Chitterden playing evil Abanazar.
"He played the role in our first production here at the Plowright Theatre.
"Amanda Hawkins, Hamby Papas and Darren Wright, who all proved popular in last year's show Cinderella, will also return in Aladdin."
Amanda will play Princess Barubador, Hamby will star as Sergeant Ping Pong and Darren will appear as Wishy Washy.
Scores of youngsters will also be given the opportunity to star alongside the cast in the production. Mr Peers said: "One of the delights of producing pantomimes at the Plowright Theatre is the quality of the local youngsters and dancers.
"We hold open auditions every year and I am always amazed at the quality of the dancers and youngsters we find.
"Aladdin is choreographed by Kim Gribben and the Scunthorpe sunbeams are a highlight of our show."
This year's pantomime auditions will be held on Saturday, October 6 at the Kimberly Performing Arts Centre on Enderby Road, Scunthorpe.
All are welcome to attend.
Tickets for Aladdin are selling extremely well, so organisers have advised early booking. Tickets are £14.50 for adults, £11.50 for concessions, £48 for a family ticket and £8 for schools. Call the box office on 0844 854 2776.