HOLLYWOOD eat your heart out, Tinsel town go Lincoln green with envy, Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner and other swashbuckling stalwarts of past silver screen epics hold your breath, you ain't seen nothing yet! The newest take on Robin Hood is not only coming to Yorkshire but to ye quaint little hamlet of Menston.

This year's annual pantomime from the Menston Thespians drama society cleverly weaves the popular characters from the Robin Hood tales of derring-do with the magical story of the Babes in the Wood as the script involves all the traditional elements of this much loved British institution.

Ilkley Gazette: The very hard working chorus of Merry MenThe very hard working chorus of Merry Men

This timeless adventure is packed with all the panto ingredients that seasoned audiences demand to see. Expect audience participation, side splitting gags, delightful dames, stunning sets, spectacular song and dance routines, creative costumes and preposterous props. Slapstick is also on the fun menu with a spine chilling goblin chase. Hiss and boo aficionados will not be disappointed as the show not also incorporates the evil Sheriff of Nottingham but also the bumbling duo Hernia Septic and Weasel as well as Caramella Marchpane, the wicked witch of Gingerbread cottage. Can Robin and Fairy May McSquirrel rescue Hansel and Gretel before they are eaten by the witch?

The Menston Thespians has a very talented four-piece band who will belt out audience favourites from Disney, the Beatles, Elvis Presley and even Steps.

Ilkley Gazette: The Menston Thespians mini orchestraThe Menston Thespians mini orchestra

The Grand opening night is always special in Menston. On Thursday, February 15th children and big kids of all ages are invited to come along in their favourite fancy dress in order to receive a small treat. Prizes will be awarded for best children's costumes. There are also treats for the adults as the Flying Arrow, the licensed bar awaits but you will have to navigate the woodland way in order to see into this medieval watering hole.

Keith Galvin, Group publicity officer said: "We all know the stories of Robin Hood and Hansel and Gretel but watching this combined tale come to life makes it a family fun show. Everyone on the cast and production team has worked extremely hard to put on the best show in town. Special mention must go to our wonderful understudies who have shown such dedication to the old maxim on with the show.

"Production dates are Thursday 15th February (Grand Opening Night) to Saturday 17th February at 7.15pm each evening at Kirklands Community Centre, Menston, with a Saturday matinee at 2pm. Tickets are available from Menstonthespians.co.uk/tickets or from the box office on 07764753731.

"So after months of rehearsals, slapping paint on canvas, making lavish costumes, technical tweaking and vibrant choreography the entire team at Menston Thespians say Lights, Camera, Action. Sit back and enjoy!"