It’s panto time again

Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty
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PANTOMIME – it’s a peculiarly British tradition, and one many of us wouldn’t go without at Christmas time.

Young and old flock to the many festive shows each year, and perhaps the biggest draw of all is for the King’s theatre performance.



This year, the all-star cast is tackling another classic fairytale, Sleeping Beauty – a romantic story where love (and the help of three fairies) conquers evil.

Providing the laughs is Scottish comedienne Karen Dunbar, returning to the King’s as the title character’s nanny.

She’s no stranger to the panto laughs, having appeared in a previous production of the same show, as well as Cinderellla and Aladdin (as perhaps the biggest pantomime dame of them all, Widow Twanky).

Karen commented: “I’m over the moon to be back in panto this year. I’ve got such affection for the King’s theatre and jumping around the stage through all the festive period is great family fun and a real feel-good way to spend Christmas”.

Also heading the cast are Keith Jack, runner-up in TV’s Any Dream Will Do, 80s pop star and actress Claire Grogan, and Tony Roper — best known as Jamesie Cotter from Rab C Nesbitt.

As for the story, it’s a classic case of true love’s kiss breaking an evil spell.

When princess Aurora is born, a witch curses her proclaiming that she’ll die on her 16th birthday.

Our three good fairies are able to weaken the spell, and so the princess falls into a deep sleep, only to be awakened by her prince charming — who already happens to be in love with her in a case of mistaken identity.

Expect songs to sing along to, good old-fashioned gags and of course, the odd “he’s behind you!” from the festive favourite, which runs throughout the month. Above all, expect to leave with a big smile on your face.

n Sleeping Beauty runs until January 8, with performance times varying. Tickets £7.20-£24.75, available from 0844 871 7602 or