NE panto selling fast

Peter Lathan

Just a month to the day after the 2017/18 panto, The Lambton Worm, closed, the Customs House in South Shields announces that 25% of the tickets for the 2018/19 show, Beauty and the Beast, have already been sold.

Ray Spencer, executive director of The Customs House, who co-writes, directs and stars in the annual panto as Dame Bella Ballcock, said, “we’re thrilled so many people enjoyed their last trip to Cooksonville so much that they have already booked to return.

“Performances on Christmas Eve have virtually sold out and seats are filling up quickly for Christmas week, so get your tickets quick, before the last petal falls!”

Beauty and the Beast runs from Tuesday 27 November 2018 until Saturday 5 January 5 2019. Tickets are on sale now, priced from £9.99, with prices frozen until July 31.

The Customs House version will answer such important questions as: “why was the Prince of Peterlee turned into the Beast of Cooksonville by the beautiful enchantress—and how was Arbuthnot turned into a bidet?”

Before then, Arbuthnot (David John Hopper) returns with Puddles the Dog, the star of last year’s show, from Wednesday to Friday next week in Puddle’s Adventure in which they face up to the villainous Fleshcreep.