IT IS almost time to open the curtains for Malton & Norton Musical Theatre’s pantomime – which this year sees the return of the popular classic Cinderella and promises to be one of the society’s best ever.

Principal roles are played by Ria Williams as Cinderella, Saskia Kirkham-Burke as Prince Charming and Bethany Fox as Dandini.

Regular favourite Josh Milner plays Buttons, with Mark Boler and Neil Paylor well-suited as the Ugly Sisters, Britney and Kylie.

There is a welcome return for Margaret Lukey as the Baroness, with two newcomers to the society in Peter Melia as the Squire and Chloe Rendall as the Fairy.

Ian Goring, chairman of the society, said: “The pantomime combines all the ingredients of a real show-stopper and has something for the whole family – a brilliantly funny script, a fantastic cast, some great songs and dances, and one or two surprises.

“Following the success of Beauty and the Beast last year, we’re also thrilled to have John Hall back to direct the show, so we’re hoping that every performance will be packed out.”

Cinderella runs every night at the Milton Rooms (apart from Sunday) from Friday, January 18 through to Saturday, January 26, with matinees on both Saturdays. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults, £8 for under 16s and seniors, and £32 for a family ticket.

Tickets are available from Malton Tourist Information Centre which is based within Malton Library in St Michael’s Street. It is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am–5pm and Saturday, 9.30am–4pm, or phone 01653 600048.