Nearly time for another dose of panto fun – oh yes, it is!

Pirates will have to watch out for the hungry crocodile during Morpeth Pantomime Society's Peter Pan show next week.
Pirates will have to watch out for the hungry crocodile during Morpeth Pantomime Society's Peter Pan show next week.

Ticket sales are soaring for an amateur dramatic group’s high-flying production.

Members of the Morpeth Pantomime Society are getting ready for next week’s performances of their 2015 show – Peter Pan.

Its version of the classic children’s story by J.M. Barrie, written and produced by Gordon Carr, will include some flying illusions and some great special effects. It will give some of the younger family members of the society an opportunity to showcase their talent.

Tickets for the Saturday matinee are unfortunately already sold out, but the three pantomimes in the evening, for which tickets are still available, don’t end too late for families.

Vice chair of the society, Lucy Gammer, said: “We are very proud of our achievements over the past 12 months.

“We have children who have performed in major national touring shows amongst our line-up and some who are regulars on the Newcastle stage.

“Coupled with the vast experience of our older members, it’s turning into a really exciting show.

“Everyone loves the story of Peter Pan and the traditional characters of Wendy, Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily, the crocodile and Captain Hook are all there along with some further pantomime additions like Dora Dyson – the housemaid who gets herself caught up with Big Chief Sitting Down and Captain Hook too.

“Other captivating characters include Smee and Simm, the crazy pirates who lead their rabble of shipmates.

“There are plenty of laughs for the children, but also lots to keep the rest of the audience entertained.”

With an average audience of more than 900, around 35,000 people of all ages have attended the society’s pantomimes since the first one in 1980 after the group was founded by Christine Barron, who now runs the Centre Stage School of Dance in Oldgate.

It also stages a summer performance, musicals and old time music hall shows.

The evening performances will take place at King Edward VI School on Thursday, January 22, Friday, January 23 and Saturday, January 24. All three will start at 7pm.

For further details or to book tickets, which are priced £5, visit

Tickets are also available from The Chantry in Bridge Street, Morpeth.