MORE than 5,500 people enjoyed the latest pantomime production at The Regal in Tenbury.

Running from December 15 to 31, Aladdin captured the hearts of audiences of all ages, making it a highlight of the holiday season in the town. 

Jane Allen, chair of trustees from the Regal Tenbury Trust, said: "Panto at Christmas is a fabulous tradition bringing all ages together, blending comedy, irony, and silliness, entertaining and creating joy in the midst of the dark winter days.

"The Regal has provided all this with a brilliant script and team, and for almost everybody, it has exceeded expectations in every way.

"We are a cultural and entertainment centre in Tenbury and the region for the delight of our loyal customers, attracting more people new to Tenbury and to the Regal. The teamwork needed to not only put the Panto on but deliver so many performances over the season.

Ludlow Advertiser: Members of the Young Company for AladdinMembers of the Young Company for Aladdin (Image: Charlie Kirkpatrick)

"On behalf of the Trustees, I'm so grateful and amazed at the way in which our small group of staff stepped up to the demands led by the ever-present Kim Grenfell, our General Manager. Our team of volunteers has been fantastic, with new people joining and training up to meet the exceptional demands."

Director Chris Garner added: "We are absolutely overjoyed at the attendance of 'Aladdin' throughout December at the Regal Theatre.

"The panto-goers were a fantastic crowd and mix of all ages, and they created a whirlpool of noise and laughter over the 29 performances. So much so, the theatre may need a new roof."

The Regal is already looking ahead to its next pantomime, Cinderella, which gets underway at the end of the year. 

Anyone who wishes to volunteer their team at the theatre can visit for find out more information.