A PANTOMIME group will start the new year with their production of a classic children’s story this month.

Members of Maldon Pantomime Society have been working on their production of Alice In Wonderland since last May.

The panto is taking place at Maldon Town Hall, in Market Hill, next weekend and the following weekend.

A spokesman said: “There is a large cast this year containing many of your favourites along with some very talented newcomers and a wonderful chorus.

“Louise Markham has written another fabulous script, four drops have been painted and more than 40 costumes have been made under the guidance of the wonderful Kathy Thomas, who sewed 19 costumes herself.

“Chris Patching and his back-stage crew have built flats, which are the moveable bits of scenery, and made props which will really bring the story alive.

“The whole production comes together every year thanks to a great team of dedicated amateurs, but is it ‘amateurish’? – oh no it isn’t!

“Maldon Pantomime exceeds expectations year after year, can hold its own against the professionals and is always a sell-out.

“So get ready to clap and sing along to the music, boo the baddies, cheer with the heroes and laugh along as the traditional pantomime story unfolds before your eyes.”

Every year, the group makes a donation to charity.

This year, the chosen good cause is the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.

To get tickets, contact Maldon Tourist Information Centre in Wenlock Way or buy them on the door.

Performance are on Fridays, January 18 and 25 at 7.30pm, and Saturdays, January 19 and 26 at 1.30pm and 6.30pm.

Prices are £9 for children and concessions, £11 for adults, £13 for balcony seats and £35 for a family of two adults and two children.

For more details, visit maldonpanto.co.uk.