Players’ panto set to delight Belper

Belper Players rehearse for their pantomime.

Belper Players rehearse for their pantomime.

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A THEATRE group that is celebrating its 75th year is having a break from tradition – by performing only its second-ever pantomime.

The Lord of the Philosopher’s Goblet will be performed by the Belper Players at the Strutts Centre, on Derby Road in the town, from Wednesday, December 14 to Saturday, December 17.

Written by local writer Philip Royle, it will take the audience on an enjoyable romp through Pantoland – or could it possibly be Belper?

The show considers what would happen if a famous, fictional boy wizard happened to have a brother called Gary Potter. And also what would happen if Gary joined some small creatures called Boggits on a quest to save Pantoland from an Evil Lord intent on world domination.

On the way, the audience will meet favourites such as Aladdin, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the Wizard of Oz, and Cinderella.

“Only once in its history has Belper Players ever performed a pantomime,” said director Keith Whitaker. “So this really is relatively new ground for us.

“Our audiences are getting a taste of something more festive, as shown in the success of A Christmas Carol last year.

“What better way is there to get in the Christmas mood by coming to a fun show that can be enjoyed by all the family?”

Tickets cost £6, or £5 for under-16s, and are available from Joyce Towle on 01335 370827. Family tickets for two adults and two children cost £20.

The show starts at 7.30pm every evening, and there will also be a matinee performance on the Saturday afternoon.

Earlier in the year, the Players went back to its beginnings to celebrate its 75th anniversary by staging A Midsummer Night’s Dream outdoors in Belper’s Memorial Gardens.

New members are always welcome to join Belper Players. Also, due to the changing work and personal commitments of its members, the group is currently short of directors.

Anyone who is interested in joining the Players should contact Joyce Towle on the number above