THE show must go on ­— and is certainly did even when a blackout plunged the theatre into darkness.

A power cut in Egerton did not stop the talented actors in Scrooge The Musical, staged by Walmsley Church AODS.

Rather they continued by torch light adding extra atmosphere to the much loved Christmas story by Charles Dickens.

Director Nora Howcroft said: "Steve Benson was just about to start singing the final song 'I'll Begin Again' and we had a powercut.

"Everything was in darkness, Egerton had suffered a power cut.

"So I grabbed a torch and the show finished by torch light and people used their phones ­— it was magical!

"The show was only five minutes from the end and the community spirit was wonderful."

The theatre company is now in rehearsals for its next production Guys and Dolls!

"Scrooge the Musical sold out on three nights and almost sold out on the other three," said Nora, who added it was on par with the society most successful shows,"Guys and Dolls will open in April and our first rehearsal went very well."