Theatre fans are seeing red as tickets are being snapped up for the annual Customs House panto.
More than 17,000 tickets have been sold for Little Red Riding Hood – more than two weeks before it hits the stage.
The show runs at the theatre in Mill Dam, South Shields from December 2 to January 10.
Customs House executive director Ray Spencer, MBE, said: “We are delighted to be staging a brand new family pantomime based on this classic fairytale.
“This is a completely new production for The Customs House and we are thrilled it’s obviously struck a chord with our audiences and we are looking forward to seeing them back for a whole lot more fun, frolics and laughter.”
Ray will again write and direct the show and will star as Granny Hood.
He’ll be joined on stage by daughter Natasha Haws who will play Red.
Returning from last year’s show will be Jamie Birkett, Luke Maddison, Steven Lee Hamilton, Stephen Sullivan and Craig Richardson.
Newcomers to the ‘little panto with the big heart’ will be Kylie Ann Ford, Gareth Hunter and Jamie Brown, who have all starred on the Customs House stage.
It’s not just the theatre’s main panto which has people clamouring for tickets.
Santa’s Naughty Elf and the Workshop of Mayhem – aimed at under-sevens – has almost 3,000 seats snapped up and is heading towards record numbers.
Wayne Miller, who plays Elfluent the Elf, said: “We’re thrilled so many tickets have been snapped up for Santa’s Naughty Elf. The show gets more and more popular every year and we can’t wait to perform this year’s show.”
Little Red Riding Hood, sponsored by Hays Travel, is on at The Customs House from December 2 to January 10. Tickets start from £9.
Santa’s Naughty Elf and the Workshop of Mayhem is on in The Customs House studio from Saturday, December 13 to Wednesday December 24. Tickets start at £6 for adults and £7 for children with a gift from Santa Claus.
Tickets and further information are available from the box office on 0191 454 1234 or at www.customshouse.co.uk.