Beauty and Beast pantomime at Queens Park Arts Centre

Beauty and the Beast pantomime at Queens Park Arts Centre
Beauty and the Beast pantomime at Queens Park Arts Centre

A brand new adaptation of a favourite family pantomime is now on until the end of the month.

The hugely popular Queens Park Arts Centre pantomime this year is Beauty and the Beast presented at the centre’s Limelight Theatre in Aylesbury.

Directed by local professional actress and director Erika Sanderson and written by the theatre manager Dario Knight, the production features plenty of audience participation, catchy songs, hilarious slapstick routines and a timeless fairy tale at its heart.

The panto tells the magical story of beautiful Rosalind who sets out from her home in the town of Folly to save her impoverished family by venturing into the Castle of the Fallen Prince, wherein lies a fearsome beast.

Now in its fifth year since being revived in 2010, the Queens Park pantomime is celebrated for its production values, with dozens of artists and craftspeople volunteering their time and skills to create beautiful bespoke sets, costumes and props.

Sarah Lewis, the centre’s artistic director, said: “The panto is the single biggest project we embark upon each year.

“We have a team of over 50 hugely talented volunteers working to create an amazing, intimate, handmade production perfect for the whole family.”

Audience favourites Malcolm Emms and Steve Davies return as ugly sisters Gilda and Gertrude, whilst local filmmaker and actor David Pustansky will be appearing as Percy the stable boy.

The cast is headed up by Jenna Saunders as Rosalind and Ben Molloy as the Beast, and once again features performers from the Susan Diane School of Dance.

Ms Lewis said: “We’re blessed with a hugely talented cast and crew.

“It takes over a year to put the show together.

“We started work on Beauty and the Beast in summer 2014 and we’re already discussing ideas for 2016!

“It’s the most ambitious production we’ve embarked upon, it’s going to be truly magical.”

The show runs until Bank Holiday Monday December 28 with a mixture of matinee, early evening and evening performances.

Full details can be found on the website or call the box office on 01296 424332.

Tickets cost £12.50 for adults, £8.50 for concessions and £6.50 for under 16s.

A family ticket (for two adults and two children) can be purchased for £32 and there is a special discount rate performance on Friday (December 18) with all tickets priced at £6.50.

Advance booking is recommended as some performances are already sold out.

Buy tickets via the website, call the box office, or call in to the centre.