The pumpkin is primed, the glass slipper polished, all it takes is a wave of the wand …

pantomime season is back with OnFife this Christmas.

If you’ve missed the glitz, felt a little glum, then fear not – that’s all behind you. Your carriage for Cinderella awaits and it’s ready to take you to Rothes Hall.

This time last year it was curtains – now the stage is set for the panto’s much-anticipated return. Were Buttons to ask ‘is it good to be back?’, the ‘oh yes it is!’ would surely raise the roof.

After 2019’s Jack and the Beanstalk at Adam Smith Theatre, panto fans were – so to speak – left hanging in mid-air. Snow White was all set for 2020 but Covid struck, and did so again in 2021. Only now can all the pizzazz – and all those ha-has – return. It’s time to kick back and enjoy the show.

With the Adam Smith closed for refurbishment, this year’s production has been transported to Glenrothes and runs from 3 to 24 December.

Many in this year’s audiences will be using tickets bought for the 2020 show, having decided not to opt for a refund when performances were cancelled.

It is a show of support hugely appreciated by OnFife.

“These are enormously challenging times for the creative sector,” says the cultural charity’s Director of Creative Development, Michelle Sweeney. “Cancelling our pantomime twice was tough, so we can’t thank the hundreds of people who stuck by us for their loyalty – and also give a big welcome to people who may be coming to our panto for this first time in Glenrothes.

“It’s great to be back with such a special show – songs, silliness and loads of laugh-out-loud moments. We can’t wait for the magic to begin again.”

Steve Boden, of pantomime production company Imagine Theatre, is thrilled to be working with On Fife once more.

“We have a wonderful cast,” says Steve, “many of whom will be familiar to audiences who’ve seen our previous productions at the Adam Smith.

“Cinderella is one of the most magical of all pantomimes and we promise a family show full of laughter, magic and romance – as well as fabulous musical numbers everyone can enjoy.”

There will be a starring role for talented young dancers who passed auditions to become part of the show’s Junior Ensemble. Sixteen local youngsters, aged nine to 16, will perform.

Tickets are available from £7. Family tickets offer savings of up to 15 per cent and bookings for groups of 10 or more mean reductions of 10 per cent. There will also be relaxed and BSL (British Sign Language) performances.