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York pantomime fans queue for tickets 10 months early

People queue for tickets to the pantomime at the Theatre Royal in York
Hundreds of people queued to get tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk

Pantomime-loving people in North Yorkshire have queued around the block to get their hands on tickets this year's show.

It is ten months until Jack and the Beanstalk begins at the Theatre Royal in York, but the city's die-hard pantomime fans do not want to miss out.

Hundreds of people lined up, with some even sleeping outside, to get the best seats in the house.

For 32 years York's pantomimes have been written by Berwick Kaler .

Kaler also stars as the dame in his productions.

"Berwick Kaler has been doing it for 30 years and he's brilliant," one woman in the queue said.

'Best in the country'

Describing Kaler's pantomime style she said: "It's quick, its got colour, it's got all the special effects. It's very Yorky, it's all about York."

A man said: "You certainly don't need to go to London to see a first rate pantomime. This is the best in the country."

Rebecca Storey of York Theatre Royal said the team had arrived at work early to give tea and coffee to the customers who had slept outside.

"The first woman turned up at 11pm on Sunday night," she said.

"There was also a couple who had come from Keighley who stayed in a hotel and took it in turns to sit in the queue overnight."

She said 3,440 tickets had been sold face-to-face at the box office in the nine hours it was open on Monday.

Berwick Kaler's production of Jack and the Beanstalk begins its run in York on 9 December.

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