panto time with matlock musical theatre

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Hallowe’en is here again so while you are in the mood for ghostly goings-on, treat yourself to a spooky panto courtesy of Matlock Musical Theatre.

But beware that the evil Dr Akula (Steve Clements) and his sidekick Igor( (Les Small) don’t creep up on you as you enjoy MMT’s Beast Of Batlock, a new take on Beauty and the Beast at the Imperial Rooms, Matlock, on Saturday, November 2.

Not only is it riddled with a Hallowe’enish quality but it’s the group’s first foray into the genre.

Come along and root for Belle (Jo Petch) and the Prince, boo the Beast and the wicked sisters (Kathryn Kersey and Maria Dent), and split your sides at the antics of the dame, Mrs Nobbs (John Kersey). You can rest assured it is packed with a range of wonderful songs. The group will welcome you in with some of the musical classics like Master of the House and Consider Yourself, but things turn a little spooky with Dem Bones, Mrs Nobbs gets amorous in You’re the One That I Want, there’s even a bit of One Direction thrown in for good measure and you get to join in with the fun in the finale of Time Warp.

This year, a relatively new talent to MMT, James Strath, took on this massive undertaking of both writing and directing the panto.

He has risen to the challenge and has been ably assisted by choreographer Sara Townsend. The creative team would not be complete without MMT’s musical director Delph Richards who, as always, has been putting the cast through their vocal paces. The production has many laughs for everyone and the company would love to share them with you all.

Tickets are available for the shows, at 3pm and 7.30pm on Saturday. Seats are limited, so book now by visiting The Black Cat Café on Dale Road in Matlock, reserving tickets through at or by phoning 01773 826752.

Tickets are £8 for adults and £6 for under 16s in advance (£1 more on the door). Goodybags will be available for all children in Hallowe’en costume.