AN adult pantomime that was cancelled by a venue at Christmas after audience complaints returned last week - with performers receiving a standing ovation. 

'Bewdley and the Beast: Revenge of the Gilgal' performed to packed audiences at St George's Hall in Bewdley. 

The adult panto was originally set to be performed by the Bewdley Town Criers at the Civic in Stourport in December for three shows.

But Civic trustees pulled the show after just one performance, after receiving several audience complaints that the show was "inappropriate" and "vulgar."

Pantomime writer Paul Smith, whose pen name is Freddy Just, said: "The show in December experienced technical issues, which were resolved, and we were ready to complete the three-show run. 

"However, we received an email informing us that we were not allowed to continue. The theatre made the decision to refund 600 ticket holders without giving us the chance to address their concerns. 

"The story then went viral, ending up on the front page of a Sunday tabloid".

He added: "Thousands of pounds were lost, and a brilliant, emerging, local theatre group were devastated - fundraising efforts were stopped. 

"Thankfully, we all voted to carry on regardless and went straight back to rehearsals for the rescheduled shows at St George's Hall, Bewdley.

"The cast and crew now feel vindicated after one of the best shows we've ever staged received a standing ovation".

The show featured a huge, six-metre-long tentacle - made by a local upholstery company, which belonged to the 'Gilgal' - a river monster, which dragged unsuspecting characters off stage.

Mr Smith added: "It's a well-deserved ending to this whole, sorry saga".

Bewdley Town Criers theatre group will be announcing further shows and events on their Facebook page in due course.

Mayor of Bewdley Sarah Billett, who watch one of the performances, said: "I thought it was good fun. 

"They put a lot of effort into it. I enjoyed the show and I look forward to their next production".