EXCITEMENT is building for the return of one of County Durham’s most popular pantomimes this weekend.

The Empire Theatre and Cinema in Consett is staging Snow White from Saturday to Tuesday December 31 and tickets are selling fast.

Once again, the Durham County Council venue has teamed up with North-East actress and producer Leah Bell for the family production, which combines the magic of a traditional pantomime with well-known pop songs guaranteed to get the audience singing along.

There are also dazzling special effects, sparkly costumes and jokes and surprises people of all ages will enjoy.

Shows will take place at various dates and times, including a British Sign Language interpreted performance on Friday December 27 at 6.30pm.

Nicola Dailly, arts programme manager at the Empire Theatre and Cinema, said: “There is such a magical atmosphere in the theatre at this time of year and our annual pantomime plays a big part in that. We are really looking forward to welcoming families to this year’s show. Leah has done a wonderful job at reimagining Snow White for a 21st century audience and I know people will not be disappointed.”

Tickets cost £17 for adults, £15 for concessions and £56 for a family of four with a minimum of one adult. Group booking discounts are also available.

For more information or to book, visit www.empireconsett.co.uk or call 03000 262 400.