Tea thieves milk a rich brew of slapstick jokes

PUBLISHED: 10:43 02 February 2006 | UPDATED: 14:35 12 May 2010

Paul Russell and Mary Powell in Ali Ba Ba Ba and the Four Tea Thieves

Paul Russell and Mary Powell in Ali Ba Ba Ba and the Four Tea Thieves

THE costumes are ready and the stage is set for the Buntingford Amateur Dramatic Society's annual pantomime. This year the society is staging Ali Ba Ba and the Four Tea Thieves at the Benson Hall. The production, which has been re-written by Lee Badock an

THE costumes are ready and the stage is set for the Buntingford Amateur Dramatic Society's annual pantomime. This year the society is staging Ali Ba Ba and the Four Tea Thieves at the Benson Hall. The production, which has been re-written by Lee Badock and Chris Kirby, tells the tale of a poor boy who becomes rich after stumbling across a cave full of gold. But the cave is also the hiding place for a baddie called Alcazar and his three side kicks, Bish, Bash and Bosh who have stolen tea and gold. The fun, family pantomime will include songs such as The Old Bizarre in Cairo and an Arabian version of Who Will Bye? Director Claire Costello said: "I'm really pleased with how rehearsals have gone. Everyone came together and I'm confident the pantomime will get off to a good start. "There will be lots of custard pies and slapstick humour." Performances will take place tomorrow (Friday) and Friday, February 10 at 8pm and on Saturday, February 4 and Saturday, February 11 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are available from www.buntingford.com as well as Global Travel, High Street, Buntingford. Tickets can also be sent by post by calling 07906815111. Tickets cost £7.50 (adults) and (£5) children and concessions.

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