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Issued: 23 November 2004

Christmas Comes Early For Theatre Goers

THEATRE lovers in Angus are being offered an early Christmas gift with cut-price tickets to a magical festive show at Arbroath's Webster Theatre.

Frank Capra's Christmas classic It's A Wonderful Life will take to the stage on 23 December and in the spirit of Christmas, the council is making 150 concessionary tickets available at £2 each.

These limited special rate tickets will only be available through the seven Angus full time libraries - Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Monifieth and Montrose - from Friday November 26 to Monday 20 December.

So if you are unwaged, a senior citizen, registered disabled, in full time education or hold a Young Scot card get along to your local burgh library to pick up a ticket.

Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and will be limited to two per person.

Once the 150 cut price tickets are sold, the normal concessionary rate of £6.50 will apply. All other tickets are priced at £7.50.

All tickets for wheelchair users will also be sold at £2 but must be booked through the box office at Arbroath Tourist Information Centre (01241) 872609 which will also be handling the full price tickets and the remainder of the concessionary tickets.

It's A Wonderful Life, adapted for the stage by Nonsense Room Productions, tells the story of George Bailey, a man trapped in his hometown life in Bedford Falls and his continuous battles with the vile Mr Potter.

George, who longs to escape to a new life and is about to 'Throw away God's greatest gift' is sent Clarence Oddbody, the bumbling Angel (Second Class!) who by helping George tries to earn his Angel wings. Clarence helps George realise that life in Bedford Falls, perhaps isn't so bad after all…

This touching, humorous and uplifting tale is the perfect way to get the whole family in the festive mood.

Having featured at number seven in the top ten things to do at Christmas in The Scotsman last year It's a Wonderful Life is already attracting similar demand this year as some of the performances are already sold-out.

The show's Director, Bruce Strachan said: "We are delighted to be reviving the show. This story is as Christmas as mince pies and tinsel and we are now taking the show to an even bigger audience with our first national tour."

Angus Convener of Environmental and Leisure Services Joy Mowatt said: "I am delighted the council is offering this seasonal reduction in concessionary tickets for It's A Wonderful Life. It is important that everyone is able to enjoy a visit to the theatre and that the council is encouraging this."