Festive fun can be enjoyed at The Brunton in Musselburgh as Sinbad the Pantomime takes to the stage from November 23 to December 31.

The hero voyages from Fisherrow, over the sea, searching for fortune and finding romance with a runaway Princess-in-disguise.

His “interfering mammy” follows in hot pursuit, along with the evil, power-hungry Mayor.

Along the way there is nail-biting drama, dastardly pirates, riding on the back of a giant whale and ferocious creatures guarding hidden treasure.

Sinbad the Pantomime is a new production, written and directed by award-winning professional writer and theatre maker John Binnie.

His writing and directing is popular with Brunton audiences following Jack And The Beanstalk in 2018, Cinderella in 2019, Rapunzel the Pantomime family film in 2020, and Hansel And Gretel The Pantomime last year.

The panto’s creative team includes set and costume designer Robin Mitchell, musical director Tommie Travers, and Amy Robinson as choreographer.

The costumes will be made by students of BA (Hons) costume design and construction at Musselburgh-based Queen Margaret University.

Auditions took place last month to recruit the talented young chorus.

Twenty-four young performers from across East Lothian join the professional cast, which will see the return of some much-loved familiar faces – Graham Crammond, Ross Donnachie, Isabella Jarrett, Wendy Seager and Eilidh Weir.

The production promises to be a “festive treat full of fun and laughter with oodles of gags, local references, much-loved songs, outrageous costumes and shouting out”, The Brunton says.

The Brunton specialises in producing fun and interactive pantomimes suitable for all the family, from ages four to 104.

The cast is: Graham Crammond as Betty Brunton; Ross Connachie in the role of Cuddles; Isabella Jarrett as nurse; Wendy Seager playing Moneygrabba; and Eilidh Weir as Rosie. The role of Sinbad is still to be cast.

The chorus is: Group 1 – Lexie Blance, Kiersten Rae Greig, Caileigh Greig, Eva Jane Purves, Emily Bain and Niamh Ritchie; Group 2 – Daisy Dougan, Rosa Malone, Jenny Hansen, Halle Walls, Pippa McNeill and Faith Dowie; Group 3 – Freya Russell, Gracie Smith, Olivia Cruickshank, Rachel Bennie, Amy Brown and Marianna McCartney; Group 4 – Lucia Maria Di Giorgio, Zara Uher, Ella McGregor, Tegan Taylor, Eve Fairbairn and Kendra Laird.

The creative team also includes sound design Craig Dixon and production manager David Ross.

Tickets are available from The Brunton on 0131 653 5245 or the brunton.co.uk