Mustapha laugh at this one

Warkworth Drama Group'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves'Mustafa - Andrew Beaton and Dame Mumbaba - John Sellers with Kamil - Connor Davies
Warkworth Drama Group'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves'Mustafa - Andrew Beaton and Dame Mumbaba - John Sellers with Kamil - Connor Davies

What do you get when you mix love, music and dance with thievery, treachery and stupidity?

The perfect backdrop for a highly entertaining show.

Ben Crocker’s version of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves gets the Warkworth Drama Group treatment next week with a panto full of fun and laughter, and thrills and spills.

Ali loves the beautiful slave girl Safiya, but he needs to raise 50 dinars to win her freedom from his money-grabbing sister-in-law Sharon.

But, although she gets the cash, Sharon won’t release Safiya unless he finds a further 50 dinars to free Safiya’s younger sister Huma from slavery.

Ali sets about plundering the riches of the evil Mustapha Leikh to raise the money, a precarious venture despite the sheikh’s (albeit dwindling) band of thieves and his useless lieutenants Nossah and Yessah.

Audiences will be encouraged to help Ali in his efforts to win his love’s freedom and overcome the forces of evil.

There’ll be plenty of chances to shout, hiss, boo, cheer and applaud, so panto lovers can prepare for a couple of hours of rollicking entertainment.

Directed by Antonia Hoskins, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves will be staged at Warkworth Memorial Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 11, 12 and 13, at 7.30pm with a matinee show at 2.30pm on the Saturday.

Tickets cost £6 for adults and £4 for children.

They are available from Warkworth Village Store, N&F Young of Amble and via the group’s webiste, wwww.wark worthdrama.org.uk

A 10 per cent discount for groups of 10 or more can be applied for by post. See the website for details.