THE magic of panto returns to the stage at Bolton Little Theatre this December ­— oh yes it does!

The theatre raises the curtain on Aladdin and two dates will be interpreted in British sign language.

The family fun show will follow the traditional Arabian Nights tale.

There will be 10 showings of the pantomime with Peter Haslam playing Dame Widow Twanky, David Smart playing the evil Abanazar and Jess Haslam playing Aladdin.

Two of the performances ­— December 11 and 18 ­—will be interpreted in British Sign Language (BSL) by Cheryl Walker.

David, Chairman of Bolton Little Theatre, spoke about the inclusivity of the theatre, stating that the theatre is open to all members of the community and he wants everyone to feel included.

He said: “Bolton Little Theatre is truly a local community theatre, and open for all who wish to enjoy theatre at it’s very best.

“By having two BSL performances interpreted by our member Cheryl Walker – this enables members of our community who may be hard of hearing, to allow them to come and enjoy everything that Bolton Little Theatre has to offer, especially at the Christmas time of year.

“Cheryl is a very talented young lady who works within education, and interprets daily in her career.”

Panto fun was cancelled last year because of the outbreak of the pandemic but professional and amateur theatres in Bolton are bringing it back ­— with many putting in place measures to keep people safe from Covid.

So this Christmas 'join brave but poor Aladdin as he is tricked by the evil magician Abanazar into searching for the fabulous magic lamp, only to find adventure, comedy and romance at every corner.”

Tickets can be bought as individual tickets or as a group and wheelchair space is available if required. Bolton Little Theatre is encouraging guests to book tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. To buy tickets go to: