Pirates From Atlantis to set sail in Matlock Bath

It may be the height of summer but you can still enjoy some pantomime fun in Matlock Bath this week.

This latest Matlock Bath Panto, following in the steps of its illustrious predecessors, is called Pirates From Atlantis.

It takes place at the Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath, on the nights of July 18 and 19.

This will be a quirky and fun production for all the family, courtesy of the Matlock Bath Pantomime Company.

A spokesman for the group said: “Built for theatre and dance, panto is what the Grand Pavilion was made for. What perfect timing, just as the Pavilion is beginning to function as a theatre once again, that we have a new panto by the previously proven, very successful Matlock Bath Panto group.”

There were two Matlock Bath Pantos around eight years ago - Dracula and Panto at the OK Corral - which were famous for their entertainment value and local colour.

For a number of years after the productions, the local community waited with eagerness for the announcement of the next panto - and here it is.

This will be a rip roaring panto with plenty of local colour.

Prepare to laugh your socks off at what promises to be an enjoyable family show.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm performance on both nights.

Ticket prices are £6.50 for adults, £4.50 for children under the age of 16. There are no group discounts or concessions.

Tickets are available from the Mining Museum in the foyer of the Grand Pavilion, from Matlock Bath General Store and online through the Independent Hostel Guide website.

n Dotdotdot Flamenco Company will present flamenco as you’ve never seen it before when they perform the show No Frills at the Buxton Fringe Festival from July 22-25.

No Frills asks the spectator to put aside their preconceptions of what flamenco is and urges you to give in to its rhythms, its melodies, its energy and its power.

Dotdotdot Flamenco Company’s premise is to take away the frills to expose flamenco’s true essence.

Six young international performers bring this original collaborative work straight from Spain to the Buxton Fringe Festival, drawing on their experience performing on stages across four continents to celebrate Flamenco’s raw energy. Previous work by company members at the Brighton Fringe has been deemed ‘splendid, vibrant and free flowing’.

The performances take place at the Arts Centre on St John’s Road, Buxton. Tickets cost £8 (£7 concessions). Call 02081 440 070.