With costumed principals centre stage and a supporting chorus in full voice, Hitchin Thespians will bring a touch of Old Vienna to the town’s Woodside Hall next week.

They promise to revel in the intricacies of the hilarious plot of timeless Johann Strauss opera Die Fledermaus, first performed in 1874.

If you’ve ever wondered, the title – it translates as bat – relates to a fancy dress costume, so there’s no fear of flying mammals getting tangled in your hair.

Also key to the story are a romantic liaison, mistaken identity, a jail sentence, a masked ball with a twist, and a pocket watch.

There are two performances, next Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18, and both start at 7.45pm.

Tickets are £10, available on 01462 641575 or by emailing boxoffice@hitchinthespians.org.uk. Find out more about the company online at www.hitchinthespians.org.uk.