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Members of the cast of Old King Cole
Members of the cast of Old King Cole

He’s a merry old soul – Oh yes he is.

Old King Cole is this year’s Launton Pantomime, which runs from Thursday to Saturday, February 19 to 21, at Cooper School Performance Hall.

Last year’s panto was a sell-out, so don’t delay if you want to see this year’s offering from the experienced crew.

Old King Cole is written by Launton resident Rod Fine, who also wrote three of the group’s previous panto scripts, and who has appeared in every panto since 2002.

He said: “This is my 14th panto on stage and I’ve enjoyed performing in every one.

“For this show I started with the eight lines of the nursery rhyme, which didn’t give me a lot of story to work with.

“I have managed to keep in all the details – there are three fiddlers and a piper, and a Keeper of the King’s Breakfast.

“Oh, and there is the Beast of Bicesteria lurking in the forest.”

Mr Fine handed over the script over to panto director Martin Evans at the end of October.

Launton farmer Mr Evans has directed 25 of the village pantos. He has also written 20 of them.

Mr Evans said: “I really enjoy getting a show to hang together, to get all the details working together, to make sure there is something for the children in the audience, to mix music and dance and song and spectacle.

“This year, Rod has given me a script which includes a fight between hot air balloons.

“So we are all hard at work trying to work out how to stage that in Cooper School!”

The panto features original music by Launton resident Steve Webber, who has written the scores for every show since 2002 and also leads the Panto Band.

Tickets (£8 adults, £4 children) from the Bicester Oxfam Shop on Sheep Street and Launton Post Office.