Last staged as the Christmas panto at the King’s Theatre Edinburgh way, way back in 1946, we’re delighted to welcome back Beauty and the Beast!
Bringing the ‘tale as old as time’ bang up to date with popular songs, spectacular special effects and hilarious comedy routines, the spell-binding show stars legendary dame Allan Stewart as Mrs Potty and dastardly panto villain Grant Stott as Flash Boaby.
Gillian Parkhouse, who enchanted audiences and critics alike in the title role of last year’s pantomime, Cinderella, returns to the King’s panto as Belle, joined by Daniel Cullen as Dougal, Jacqueline Hughes as the Enchantress and Chris Cowley as the Beast.
Beauty and the Beast is directed by Ed Curtis and produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer.
The King’s Theatre Edinburgh panto is sponsored again this year by Rowan Glen, one of Scotland’s much-loved dairy brands. Arts & Business Scotland will provide match-funding of Rowan Glen’s sponsorship through their Culture & Business Fund Scotland (CBFS), which aims to encourage active collaboration between businesses and the cultural sector.
Michael Harrison, Managing Director of Qdos Entertainment, producers of the show, and executive producer of Beauty and the Beast said ““Edinburgh audiences are in for another pantomime treat as comedy takes centre stage in a top drawer and unmissable production.”
Duncan Hendry, Chief Executive of Capital Theatres, who manage the Festival and King’s Theatres in Edinburgh said: “We are thrilled to be bringingBeauty and the Beast back to the King’s Theatre Edinburgh stage after a break of over 70 years. It gives us an opportunity to give our panto fans something they’ve never seen before, a familiar story from the Disney films but done in our totally unique panto style.’
Seen by over 90,000 theatregoers every year, the King’s Theatre Edinburgh pantomime is the best-selling pantomime in Scotland, and one of the top 3 most popular pantos in the UK. Renowned for its big budget special effects, high production values, show-stopping musical numbers and shed loads of sparkle, the King’s panto is an Edinburgh institution.
Beauty and the Beast opens on Saturday 1 December 2018 and runs until Sunday 20 January 2019.
Tickets can be booked on 0131 529 6000 or online at www.capitaltheatres.com/beautyandbeast