Tonight’s the opening night!

Dick Whittington at the Waterside
Dick Whittington at the Waterside

X Factor winner Sam Bailey stars as Fairy Bowbells in Dick Whittington, opening tonight (Friday December 11) at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury.

This is Sam’s first foray into the world of panto and she can’t wait. She said: “I love performing in front of a live audience and to see people of all ages having a wonderful time over Christmas is going to be brilliant.

“I know my kids will love seeing their mummy dressed up in the sparkly costume, and I can’t wait to try my fairy wings on!”

Sam will be joined by comic panto king Andy Collins returning for his fifth year due to popular demand, playing Idle Jack, and X Factor finalist Melanie Masson playing panto baddie, Queen Rat.

Melanie said: “I have never been a baddie before. I have been fairy and principal boy. I have even been Dick in a production of Dick Whittington.

“It’s nice to be back in Dick Whittington and I am excited about my part, I am going to relish the opportunity to be bad.

“It’s fun to be really evil and there is so much you can do with a baddie.”

Dick Whittington runs at the Waterside until Sunday January 3 and includes all the traditional pantomime ingredients - sensational songs, a live band, dazzling dance routines, slapstick comedy and bags of audience participation.

Performance times include mornings, matinees and evenings.

And there are discounts for groups, families and schools.

Contact the box office or visit the website for full details of performance dates, times and ticket prices.

Tickets start from £10 up to £27.75.

For the box office call 0844 871 7607 or book online at www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury