Christmas means trees, presents, turkey - and if you’re in Sheffield, you’d better add Knutty to that list.
South Yorkshire’s undisputed king of pantomime made a marvellous return to the stage last year and is now back at the Lyceum to maintain his place at the top in a show that’s full of magic and sparkle.
And even though these days he tends to play a secondary role - in this case an unlikely Chinese policeman - he still manages to steal the show with a marvellous blend of classic gags and routines and a down to earth comic style that’s become a South Yorkshire Christmas staple.
Paul Hendy’s splendid show certainly gives Knutty plenty of competition, particularly from Damian Williams’ outrageously over-dressed Widow Twankey, a real bloke in a frock dame, with a deadpan delivery that lies somewhere between Tommy Cooper and Les Dawson.
Kevin Sacre makes a genial hero, with Sarah Hagan a pretty and personable princess, while Phil Daniels has a great time as an Abanazar with RSC pretensions.
Great value too from George Ikediashi as a Barry White-style Genie of the Lamp and Nina French, sharp and sassy as the Genie of the Ring.
Some of the gags and routines, of course, must date back to when Dan Leno was a lad - but that’s all part of the fun.
And when you have a team as experienced and enthusiastic as Knutty and the gang, they all come up as fresh and funny as ever.