Kent Police pantomime marks its 23rd anniversary this year with its production of Jack and the Beanstalk.
It will be staged at the Theatre Royal Margate from February 17-19.
Shows are at 2pm and 7pm and are raising money this year for Pilgrims Hospices and the Garden Gate Project.
It will be the last panto at the Theatre Royal before the venue closes on April 28 for refurbishment.
Kent Police pantomime group was formed in 1998 after Thanet policeman PC Ken Pickett decided to find a different way to raise money for charity.
He quickly finished a script, asked colleague PC Al Davison to direct the production and a “one off show” The Wizard of Auss was put on at the Theatre Royal in Margate in January 1999.
It was performed by serving police officers from Thanet, (The thin blue chorus line) who, all in all their own time, worked tirelessly to produce a fantastic show.
Both Ken and Al are retired now. Due to the success of the first show, and the large amount of charity money raised, it was decided to put on a charity pantomime for the community each year.
Annually serving police officers, retired, civilian staff, and family members come together and put on the panto to raise money for different charities.
This year’s writer, producer and director Martin Douglas (above) said: “Over the years we have raised in excess of £100,000. Our heroes have vanquished many a foe and rescued dozens of damsels.
“Our pantomime dames have performed many dodgy ditties and dances and we have probably produced more custard pies than Mr Kipling.
“Our Pantomime this year marks our 23rd anniversary. and is…
About a boy who had to climb
Up to the sky to rescue his one true love,
Trapped in a castle high in the clouds above.
Along the way we meet Simon and Billy
And three plods who are all rather silly
Snitch and Snatch will cause confusion
A beautiful fairy, creating magic, allusions!
Horrid Fleshcreep will plan to spoil
This panto tale back at the Theatre Royal
Gold to beans, Rags to riches
Our performance will have you all in stitches
With plenty of gags, (Some pretty cheesy)
Rhyming the words, well that’s never easy!
Kent Police, boys and girls in blue
Back on the stage to entertain you
So book today and avoid arrest
We’re doing Jack and the Beanstalk
And it’s simply the best
Jack and the Beanstalk tickets:
Full Price: £13.50, Children: £10, Restricted View: £13, Family of 4: £35,