Peak District panto players set to take the stage

Lennie, Farm Manager (Keith Evans), Rose, his girlfriend (Jade Murray), Priscilla, a magical goose (Tom Birch), Colin, Mother Goose's son (Tess Edmonds), Mother Goose, The Dame (Nic Wilson). Photo: Peakscapes.

Lennie, Farm Manager (Keith Evans), Rose, his girlfriend (Jade Murray), Priscilla, a magical goose (Tom Birch), Colin, Mother Goose's son (Tess Edmonds), Mother Goose, The Dame (Nic Wilson). Photo: Peakscapes.

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The limelight is set to shine on Youlgrave once again as villagers prepare for their 53rd annual pantomime.

As one of the most loved panto’s in Derbyshire, this year’s offering of Mother Goose promises to draw crowds from across the county and beyond.

There will be a total of 10 performances – starting next week – and packed crowds are predicted, based on previous years.

Jan Wilson, who has written and produced the panto for 35 years, said: “While the story of Mother Goose is well known, as usual the story will have an unexpected twist which should be a real surprise for people.”

She added: “All proceeds raised get put back into the village hall too, to make this event, and others possible each year.”

Jan said the 18-strong cast is a “true celebration of community spirit”, including local actors from all age groups – the youngest being eight and the oldest being 82-years-old.

“But it’s not just the cast that make this possible year after year,” said Jan. “There are almost 70 people who help with making the stage, designing the costumes, promoting the event and so on.”

New chairman Mike Baitup was welcomed into the fold ahead of this year’s performance.

Jan said: “Mike has been a real dynamic force. He’s had some fantastic new ideas and has even got businesses to sponsor the event, which has really helped us to prepare something special.”

The pantomime is running from January 28-31 and February 4-7 at Youlgrave Village Hall. There will be matinées before each Saturday performance. Tickets cost £6.25 for adults and £3.25 for children. To book, call 01629 828215 or visit yvh.org.uk.