FAMILIES are in for a treat this half term when a national tour of a children’s classic stops off at The Regal in Tenbury.

Dr. Dolittle, based on the Hugh Lofting books is a new musical with original music, lots of audience participation and puppets.

“Each year we try and bring a live children’s show to The Regal to give families something different, and to give kids a chance to watch live theatre,” said Andy Ramsel, Manager of the Regal.

“Past shows such as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Amazing Thing and Hoot Owl have been really popular and audiences have left with huge grins on their faces. There is nothing like live theatre for kids where they can experience colour, music and puppets.”

The story of the animal Doctor who talks to the animals and who sails the seven seas in search of exotic animals has thrilled generations of kids, notably in the movie starring Rex Harrison.

It marks the start of a busy period for the Regal in Tenbury as it prepares for its major event of the year which is the annual pantomime.

This is now in its fifth year and is a combination of professional actors and actresses working with enthusiasts from the town and the surrounding area.

The Fairy Godmother of all pantomime’s flies into the region this Christmas for The Regal Theatre’s biggest pantomime yet - Cinderella!

This magical rags to riches tale will delight audiences of all ages. With comedy, songs and family fun it has all the right ingredients for a festive, magical night out.

Now in its fifth year, this local professional pantomime is an established tradition of Christmas and family fun throughout the region and promises to raise laughs and excitement for the whole family.

There is an extended run this year with seven extra shows, but people have already started booking for the pantomime which runs from Tuesday, December 18 until Thursday, January 3.

The Regal is owned by Tenbury Town Council but operated on a long-term lease by an independent company that is responsible for putting on the shows and the day to day management of the venue.

Plans are being developed for an extension of the Regal, built in the 1930’s, changes that would according to the Trustees make it viable for the next 80 years.

Dr Dolittle is at The Regal Wednesday, October 31 at 2.30pm.

Tickets are available from www.regaltenbury.co.uk or 01584 811442.