Panto season returns with Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates

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Panto season is over – oh no it’s not.

Dryburn Theatrical Workshop is gearing up to stage a new version of a classic tale, Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates.

It’s from the pen of Tom Whalley, who’s just finished his successful run as PC Pong in Aladdin at the Sunderland Empire.

The panto was specially written for the County Durham amateur dramatics group, and tells the story of Robinson Crusoe, who works in his family’s fish and chip shop and discovers a treasure map on the back of a menu.

This leads to fun and adventure on the high seas, involving the fearsome Captain Blacktashe and his pirates, a magical mermaid and Girl Friday’s tropical island.

Malcolm Quinn, chairman of Dryburn Theatrical Workshop, said: “Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates is a hugely funny and entertaining show for all ages, and provides the perfect opportunity to escape the winter weather and enjoy the Caribbean atmosphere, crazy characters and excellent production.”

The Workshop, which draws audiences from across the region with its annual pantomime, is staging the show at Park View Theatre in Church Chare, Chester-le-Street.

Show times are at 7pm, January 14 and 15, and 6.30pm on January 16, with matinee performances at 2.30pm on Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17.

Tickets are £10 for adults and £9 for children and concessions, with reductions on block bookings available.

Advance tickets can be booked from Tel. 07468 607420, or book online at