MORE than 20,000 panto fans have already snapped up tickets to the Prince’s ball.
Seats for Cinderella are selling quickly at the Customs House in South Shields.
This year’s festive show started at the Mill Dam venue on Thursday, with a cast made up of lots of new faces.
Staff at the theatre say that since the curtain went up, the phones have been ringing off the hook.
Customs House executive director, Ray Spencer, who writes and directs the panto, said: “We’ve only been open a couple of days and already the feedback has been fantastic.
“It’s great that people are getting behind the Customs House and the new team, and I hope to see a lot more people down at the theatre to visit pantoland.”
Starring in this year’s show are Natasha Magee as Cinderella, Luke Maddison as Buttons, Craig Richardson and Stephen Sullivan as the ugly sisters Di and Connie, Jamie Birkett as their wicked mother, Steven Lee Hamilton as Prince Charming and Charlie Younger as his right-hand ‘man’ Dandini.
Louise Elliott plays Fairy Dust and Paul Dunn and Will Graham are knockabout characters Bashit and Wreckit.
Designer Paul Shriek has once again cast a spell over the production, with stunning costumes and sets which are also receiving great praise.
New marketing co-ordinator, Ali Brown, said: “I have only just joined the Customs House team, and it took me only seconds to see why the pantomime is such a hit.
“It’s very funny with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments but lots of heart too.
“Get your tickets now – you won’t be disappointed!”
Cinderella, sponsored by Hays Travel, runs until January 5 next year.
Tickets cost from £8.To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 454 1234.