More children will be able to enjoy this year’s South Shields Christmas show after an extra date was added to its busy run.
Santa’s Naughty Elf: A Christmas Carol will play at The Customs House in South Shields from Saturday until Sunday, December 24
The panto, for children aged under seven, has become a firm fixture in the theatre’s festive schedule, with weekend performances selling out in record time this year.
This prompted writer and director Wayne Miller, who also stars as Elfluent, to add an extra show, at 10.30am this coming Sunday.
This year, audiences will find out how Elfluent became Santa’s Naughty Elf, as he travels through time in a story inspired by the Charles Dickens classic.
Wayne said: “I am a huge Dickens fan, so the idea of using A Christmas Carol as a story base, to see into the past of Elfluent, seemed like a winner.
“Our audience this year will see what kind of crimes against Christmas he caused in his younger days.
“Also, could we find out why he became naughty in the first place?
“I have put together a brand new cast this year, a cast who I know will knock it out of the park and make this year’s Santa’s Naughty Elf the best one yet.
“We are so pleased our audience agree and have snapped up so many tickets.
“We’re heading for a record-breaking year.”
Jordan Calling, from Sunderland, plays Elfrankie, having recently performed in The Wizard of Oz at North Pier Theatre in Blackpool.
For tickets, which are priced £10 and include a gift from Santa, call 0191 454 1234.