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Queen’s Theatre panto Beauty and the Beast becomes Havering’s fastest selling panto ever

PUBLISHED: 15:30 15 November 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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The countdown to Christmas has begun, and for theatre-lovers across the land that can mean only one thing – it’s pantomime time!

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

This year’s festive treat at The Queen’s Theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch, is none other than the much-loved tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast.

Since being announced, the panto, which will run from November 30 to January 7, has become the fastest selling in the theatre’s history, with more than 24,000 tickets already sold.

In the beautifully romantic city of Paris, Prince Friedrich is turned into a hideous Beast by a wicked witch.

Can Cupid work his magic and find a great beauty for him to fall in love with to break the terrible 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 to come along on this year’s magical adventure and find out if love really can conquer all.

Boys and girls of all ages can boo the wicked witch Spite, giggle at the hilarious travelling sweet seller Dame Betty Bonbon and join in Charlie Cupid’s silly matchmaking games.

A theatre spokeswoman said: “Beauty and the Beast has it all – gorgeous sets, colourful costumes, silly slapstick, lots of laughter and most importantly plenty of audience participation.”

“The festive extravaganza is bursting with some of the best chart-toppers and dancefloor anthems over the decades, including Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson, Shut Up And Dance With Me by Walk The Moon, Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and many more.”

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 will be supported by a talented Young Company, a cast of 30 Havering schoolchildren.

Created by the same team of 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.

Tickets are £12.50 - £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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