Writer and director Karen Bays, a member of the players for more than 30 years, has adapted Charles Perraults tale to incorporate the talents of the groups actors to create a pantomime fit for all the family. The story, which will be staged at Needingworth Village Hall, takes a cunning twist with Dr Who arriving in the Tardis replacing Prince on a horse to awaken the Princess, who has been sleeping since she was poisoned by the wicked fairy. Under the musical direction of Roger Billington, the panto has the perfect acoustic accompaniment which allows Nanny GaGa who replaces the Dame usually found in the original panto to belt off one of the pop sensations tracks. Sleeping Beauty, which is Bays fifth pantomime, is packed with songs, jokes, and dances. The show promises to be fun for all the family, Bays said. I changed the panto so its relevant to our times. I had to do a bit of research on Dr Who because I couldnt stand it when I was younger! The Wellworth Players won the National Operatic and Dramatic Association Best Pantomime in East Anglia accolade for its performance of Aladdin, also written by Bays, four years ago. INFORMATION: Sleeping Beauty plays at Needingworth Village Hall on February 16, 17 and 18 at 7.30pm. An additional matinee performance takes place at 2.30pm on Saturday, February 18. Tickets £6 are available at the Queens Head pub in Needingworth, Whateleys Newsagents, St Ives, or Box of Delights, Needingworth. Alternatively call 07527 421535.