Pantomime season is over! Oh no it isn't...
December 2012 may seem like a distant memory now, but several theatres have refused to call time on their dames and panto horses.
Whilst others are launching their productions this month to extend the festive thrills to January and even February.
In addition to Dick Turpin the Panto at the Terry O'Toole Theatre in North Hykeham, other venues around the county have been holding out their pantomime fun.
The Lindsey Rural Players' annual panto in January and February will be one of the most famous tales ever told as they present Cinderella at the Broadbent Theatre from January 25. Matinees and evening performances are available right up until February 9 (3pm and 7.30pm shows). (Tickets: £7 (£5.50 concs, £22 family – two adults, two children). Find out all the details at www.broadbent.org or call 01673 885500.)
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It will be another timeless classic when The Waddington Dramatic Society present Sleeping Beauty on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, January 24-26 at the village hall, Mere Road.
Curtain up times for performances are Thursday 7.30pm, Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: Adults £5 (Concs £4.50). Available on the door, by calling 01522 720418 or via www.waddingtondrama.org
The next Louth Playgoers' production will be Aladdin, launching on January 11. Audiences can look forward to comedy and slapstick, courtesy of Widow Twankey, Wishee Washee and the two Chinese Policemen (Yu-Dun-Wong and Hu-Dun-Pong), as well as lots of audience participation and traditional fun.
Ongoing to January 19.
Various performances available, including matinees. Tickets: £8.60, juniors (under 14) £5.30. Box office: 01507 600350, www.louthplaygoers.com
Elsewhere, one theatre which simply doesn't want the excitement to end and is continuing their panto for a few days in 2013, is Palace Theatre in Newark with Beauty and the Beast.
Comedic legend Bernie Clifton has been leading the cast, bringing new tricks to the role of Professor Crackpot. He is joined by star of 2 Point 4 Children and Hollyoaks, John Pickard, who will be taking up the role of Pierre, the village laughter maker.
The rest of the talented company includes Naomi Slater (Beauty), Richard Hurst (the Beast), Helen Jeckells (Witch Hazel) and Robert James (Dame Fifi).
Ongoing to January 6. Tickets start at £15. Box office: 01636 655755, www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/ palacetheatre
Lincoln Theatre Royal planned a long panto season again this year after demand for tickets forced them to extend their run of Cinderella in 2011/2012.
Starring Cannon and Ball, the comedy duo are entertaining audiences with Dick Whittington, alongside Peter Amory as King Rat, Richard Tate as Alderman Fitzwarren and Nicola Weeks playing Dick Whittington.
"It's Lincoln so the audiences are always great and we come back because we love it here," says Bobby Ball. "The panto this year is amazing, especially with the life-size galleon ship on stage – even for Tommy and I that's amazing and we have done around 35 pantomimes."
Ongoing to January 13. Various show times. Tickets: adults from £14, boxes £76, children, senior citizens and theatre club members from £11. Family tickets also available. Box office: 01522 519999, www.lincolntheatreroyal.com
There's also still a few days left to catch Peter Pan at Lincoln Drill Hall – another show which has been extended due to demand. Being brought to audiences from Jamie Marcus Productions, it remains true to J M Barrie's classic tale, so families can look forward to a traditional time with this one.
And, in true pantomime fashion, there will be plenty of audience involvement as well.
London-based actor James Campbell, playing Smee, Hook's sidekick, says: "A lot of stuff I do is interacting with the audience and getting them to shout back to me. I do a bit at the end with one song, getting the kids up on stage."
Chris Hayes playing the Dame is well known locally for his many appearances on the Lincoln stage.
He says: "For me it is the best job of the year, seeing all the children's faces and the magic of pantomime. All those happy faces looking up at me from the audience."
Ongoing to January 5. Various performances day and evening. Tickets: £14.50 (£10.50 concs) £44 family (two adults and two children). Box office: 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com