City favourites Cannon and Ball say this year's pantomime at Lincoln Theatre Royal is proving one of the best yet.
The duo are about to come to the end of the second full week of entertaining audiences with Dick Whittington, which will continue right through to January 13, 2013, alongside Peter Amory as King Rat, Richard Tate as Alderman Fitzwarren and Nicola Weeks playing Dick Whittington.
"The audiences are always great and we come back because we love it here," says Bobby Ball.
"The panto this year is amazing, especially with the life-size galleon ship on stage – even for Tommy and I that's amazing and we have done around 35 pantomimes."
Nicola, who many will remember playing Aladdin and Prince Charming at the theatre in panto in previous years, says: "It's such a lovely atmospheric space and you really feel the energy when you are there on stage with the audience going along with it. When Tommy and Bobby are about to make their entrance the audience know it and respond as well.
Everyone has got so much energy and there are some magical moments. The children are getting so involved with the show, they really believe in you and invest in what you are doing, especially in my 'turn back' moment," says Nicola, talking about the moment Dick decides to run away but fortuitously returns.
Tommy says one of his favourite scenes involves a duel with some mops and audiences can expect plenty of spontaneity from the comedy double act.
And for fans who hope this isn't the last chance to catch the duo in pantomime in the city, Bobby adds: "We are coming back to the theatre next year as well with Robin Hood."
Dick Whittington runs until January 13, 2013. Various show times. Tickets: adults from £14, boxes £76, children, senior citizens and theatre club members from £11. Family tickets also available. Box office: 01522 519999.