Panto audiences in East Lothian can have a ball with a new production of Cinderella this Christmas.

Although parts of the panto’s usual venue – The Brunton, in Musselburgh – are closed, the show is being staged at Loretto School Theatre from December 17 to 30.

Cinderella receives an invitation to Prince McCharming’s royal birthday party but with her step-siblings Hackit and Glackit, the so-called fungal sensations, vying for the royal Tik Tok star’s hand in marriage, they stop at nothing to keep Cinderella locked away.

A panto spokesperson said: “Cinderella brings a refreshing, exciting and hilarious tale to life through nail-biting adventure, original music and magical moments which provide everything you could expect from pantomime and more!”

Michael Stitt, chair of Brunton Theatre Trust explained: “There will be lots of comedy, music, local references and joining in.

“We are delighted to be working in association with Hopscotch Theatre Company to present Cinderella in schools and venues in the county.”

Stephanie Black-Daniels, general manager at Hopscotch Theatre Company, added: “We are passionate about bringing an original pantomime directly to local communities each year and, together with our colleagues at The Brunton, our version of Cinderella will do just that.”

Calum Moore will be adapting and directing the production – written by Ross Stenhouse – providing lyrics for original music composed by Andy McGregor.

Dramaturgy on the adapted production has been provided by Johnny McKnight.

Morven McLeod joins the team for the first time, leading on the production design.

Rachel Still takes on the title role; Sandy Bain plays Hackit; Kit Laveri plays Glackit; and Jai Sharma plays Prince McCharming.

Tickets can be booked at www.the or by calling 0131 653 5245.