A POPULAR theatre group are appealing for people to 'save the show' - with lack of ticket sales leaving it at risk of being cancelled.

Maryport Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society has been putting on musicals productions to entertain the local community for the last 109 years with the last nine years being at the Carnegie Theatre Workington.

However, the return to the theatre is proving difficult and with the group struggling to sell tickets for Young Frankenstein the show is now at risk of being cancelled.

Nick Hayton chairman of MAODS, said: "It would be a devastating loss for the show to be cancelled. We have a fantastic cast who alongside others have worked incredibly hard to produce a stunning show that is guaranteed to make the audience laugh. The energy and excitement in the rehersal rooms is fantastic."

Director Clark Wilkinson said: "As anyone who has seen the now iconic film knows, this is not a horror show - it is a fast paced vaudevillian musical comedy which is proving to be hysterically funny in the rehersals which is something we all need after a turbulent couple of years."

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From the mind of the legendary Mel Brooks, who was responsible for the likes of 'Blazing Saddles' and 'The Producers', Young Frankenstein follows the story of the grandson of Victor Frankenstein who inherits his family estate in Transylvania and is coerced into following in the mad scientist's shoes by bringing a creature back to life.

The show features a cast of 18 local performers, many of whom have learned to tap dance for the production's six minute dance 'Puttin On The Ritz' ably accompanied by a live orchestra.

MAODS were one of the first amateur groups in the world to be granted the rights for this version of the show, which made its debut in the West End in 2017.

The group is urging everyone to get their tickets this next week to ensure this toe-tapping laugh a minute production can go ahead.

Tickets are available from youngfrankensteinmusical.co.uk and the carnegie theatre 01900 602122. The show runs from June 8 to 11.