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Beauty and the Beast pantomime opens at Hornchurch’s Queen’s Theatre

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:09 01 December 2017

Beauty and the Beast is coming to the Queen's Theatre on November 30. Photo: Mark Sepple

Beauty and the Beast is coming to the Queen's Theatre on November 30. Photo: Mark Sepple

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A pantomime production of Beauty and the Beast opened at Queen’s Theatre this week.

Beauty and the Beast is coming to the Queen's Theatre on November 30. Photo: Mark SeppleBeauty and the Beast is coming to the Queen's Theatre on November 30. Photo: Mark Sepple

The show is the fastest selling in the theatre’s history since it was announced nine months ago.

Set in Paris, the city of romance, it is a classic tale of the bright and beautiful young Belle held prisoner in the castle of a hideous beast.

The beast, it turns out, is Prince Friedrich transformed under the curse of a wicked witch.

Does Belle escape? Does the prince-turned-beast find true love to break the curse?

Beauty and the Beast is coming to the Queen's Theatre on November 30. Photo: Mark SeppleBeauty and the Beast is coming to the Queen's Theatre on November 30. Photo: Mark Sepple

The only way to find out is by going along to this year’s magical adventure to find out if Charlie Cupid’s matchmaking skills can prevail to unlock the curse.

Artistic director Douglas Rintoul told the Recorder: “It’s fantastic to see how excited everyone is about this year’s magical pantomime, Beauty and the Beast.

“We hope you’re ready to cheer, boo and sing as we take you to Paris to join the adventures of Amorette and her family.”

The story was immortalised in a Walt Disney animation in 1991 and released as a live action film starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, earlier this year.

Alongside the regular shows will be a relaxed performance, on January 2, and a dementia-friendly performance, on January 3.

The show’s cast includes Oliver Beamish, William Brand, Molly-Grace Cutler, James Lawrence, Oliver Lynes, Sarah Mahoney, Holly Mallett, Daniella Piper and Al Twist. They are supported by a talented young company, a cast of 30 Havering schoolchildren.

Created by the same team as last year’s smash-hit spectacular Cinderella – it is written by Andrew Pollard, directed by Martin Berry, with set and costume design by Keith Orton, lighting by Prema Mehta and sound by James Cook.

The performances at the theatre, in Billet Lane, Hornchurch, runs until January 30.

Tickets are £12.50 to £29, with discounts for groups and under 26s.

To book, call the box office on 01708 443333, visit the theatre in person, or go online at queens-theatre.co.uk

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