IT’S panto time at Honley again which means lots of fun, laughter and probably packed houses.
Honley Players have been staging plays since the mid Sixties and at their own theatre in the village since the early Seventies.
But they are also dab hands when it comes to playing pantomime and this annual February show becomes one of the big audience draws of the year.
The countdown has started for this year’s show which opens at the company’s Southgate Theatre next Friday.
Performances are on February 8 and 9 and then run again the following week from February 12 to 16.
Evening performances are at 7.15pm and there are matinees on both Saturdays at 2.30pm.
The show the company has chosen is Mother Goose which is thought to be one of the oldest stories ever turned into a pantomime.
The original story dates back to a Greek legend about a goose which lays golden eggs.
But Mother Goose as we know it in panto form hasn’t quite so many feathers on it.
There was a version in the 19th century starring the legendary clown Joseph Grimaldi and a more “modern” version was staged at Drury Lane Theatre in 1902.
These days Mother Goose (in effect the Dame) and the goose (called Priscilla) are best friends and set off on a journey in search not of eggs, but of the fountain of youth.
Mark Thewlis directs the show with his dad, Dennis in the cast.
There are plenty of other familiar Honley faces on stage including Susan and Stuart Armitage plus Andrea Gosslin.
There is a team of dancers from Huddersfield School of Theatre Dance.
Tickets are £7 and £4 from Holme Valley News in Westgate, Honley on weekdays.