'Oh yes it is!' Travelling pantomime is back

Cast members performed 'Jack and the Beanstalk' to a young audience at York Theatre Royal in York, England

The Christmas pantomime season is finally under way in the UK after the end of a month-long coronavirus lockdown.

This picture gallery shows cast members from York Theatre Royal's Travelling Pantomime performing Jack and the Beanstalk  to a young audience in York, England.

Members of the crowd will be asked to choose between three different pantos: Dick Whittington; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; and the aforementioned family favourite.

The show will tour York's 21 wards and will appear in community centres, schools, sports and church halls until December 23.

Britain ended its lockdown on Wednesday, allowing the return of audiences to theatres and stadiums – albeit with capacity significantly reduced and Covid restrictions strictly enforced.

Pantomimes are a family Christmas tradition in Britain and are popular for their slapstick humour and audience participation.