Chances are many of us have been to see a pantomime over the Christmas break - with the usual mix of bright costumes, slap-stick comedy and a fairytale storyline.
Well this year, Newcastle's Theatre Royal has had a very special guest for their production of Aladdin.
You can see the full report from Richard Salkeld below.
More top news
A look ahead at a lively start to the weekend
2,000 children from more than 100 primary schools flocked to Sandhaven at South Shields for the annual Sandcastle Challenge.
Sunderland is set to welcome the world famous Tall Ships race in July 2018. Now, it has been given the honour of starting the race.