Even the biggest panto productions usually wind down by the end of January, if they haven’t already taken a final bow.

Aladdin at the Gordon Craig in Stevenage will be calling it a day on Sunday, January 25 after almost two months of traditional festive fun and games.

But as they strike the set, the team at the Henlow Amateur Theatre Company will still be putting the final touches to their panto production.

Cinders, David Tristram’s ‘true story’ take on the classic tale, will be taking to the stage at the Henlow Theatre for the first time on Friday, January 30.

The run continues through that weekend and then the show returns for three further shows on Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7.

Evening performances start at 7.30pm and there’s a Saturday matinee each weekend at 2pm.

Tickets are £8, with £6 concessions on offer as well as family rates available on request – call the box office on 01462 700785 or 07876 353677, or visit the website at www.henlowtheatre.co.uk.

You’ll find the pint-sized venue next to the post office at Henlow Camp, and it seats 100 in comfort, with disabled access and licensed bar.

Total ticket sales from the opening Friday night performance are being donated to Diabetes UK.