Warm up with an Arabian night in Lancing

The chorus of the Lancing Repertory Players in rehearsal for Ali Baba
The chorus of the Lancing Repertory Players in rehearsal for Ali Baba
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AN AMATEUR dramatic group will transport its audiences to warmer climes this January with its pantomime “Ali Baba”.

Set in the fictional Arabian town of Aba Daba, the Lancing Repertory Players’ pantomime includes many exotic settings.

Families with children of all ages will love the oasis, ruined temple and the sultan’s palace.

The story is a far-fetched, funny fantasy, featuring the forty thieves - give or take a few.

Along the way there are a few twists in the tale but in the end the baddies get their just desserts.

The pantomime has been in rehearsal over the past three months, but rehearsals in late December became a little tricky when the roof sprang several leaks.

Director Sue Duncan said: “Rehearsals have always been fun but recently the actors have had the added fun of having to tip-toe round several buckets of rain water whilst moving across the stage. With all the recent storms the cast will be as happy as the audience, imagining ourselves in hot Arabian nights.”

The Lancing Rep pantomime is a tradition that goes back to 1953, and last year’s very well received “Robinson Crusoe” was the sixtieth anniversary performance.

Ali Baba will be staged on January 16,17 and 18 at Lancing Parish Hall, and tickets cost £8 for adults and £6 for children.

They can be reserved by calling the box office on 01903 243 558, or online at www.lancingrep.co.uk/boxoffice