RIVAL thespians will be joining forces for a pantomime with a difference at the National Railway Museum, in York, this weekend.

The production will be part of a traditional Edwardian Christmas weekend at the attraction.

Romeo and Cinderella tells the tale of two theatre companies travelling the country by train, until they are trapped by snow. The Noble Bards and Jolly Panto Players are forced to forget their obvious differences and put on a spectacular show.

There will be regular performances of the off-the-wall 20-minute play throughout the weekend, which also includes period ghost stories, aptly entitled Rails of the Unexpected.

Bob Gwynne, programmes development manager, said: "The Edwardian Christmas Festival is one of the most popular events in the NRM calendar. Our staff wear period costume and visitors are encouraged to do the same - the whole museum has a wonderfully festive and nostalgic atmosphere."

Events at the museum will be taking place tomorrow and on Sunday, from 10am to 6pm.