Beauty and the Beast on Spalding stage

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A regular column from South Holland Centre in Spalding.

Over the years, Polka Dot Pantomimes and the South Holland Centre have built an amazing reputation of producing traditional professional family pantomimes with a modern twist.

Always boasting excellent production values, this year’s Beauty and the Beast promises to be bigger and better than ever, featuring spellbinding scenery, dazzling costumes, amazing special effects and a fantastic dancing dog. The scene stealing canine roles are shared between two cross Maltese and Chinese Crested Powder Puffs, Coco and Honey, who will be right-royally looked after backstage by their owner Andrea.

This year’s festive offering also features returning star Emma Wilson as the beautiful Belle. Emma has many theatre and stage credits to her name including starring in Cinderella, Dick Whittington and Snow White. She has also appeared as Sandy in Grease and Lola in Copacabana.

And after playing the mischievous fairy Tinkerbell in last year’s Peter Pan, Danielle Pedel flutters back into the South Holland Centre to play the sparkling Fairy Flambé.

The hilarious Luke Glover brings his unique comedy to the stage playing Muddles, accompanied by legendary Dame Vince Williams as Dolly Doughnut. Completing the professional cast is the handsome Ben Gordon as Prince Lucien, Natasha Brooke as the evil Grimalkin and veteran Peter Dineen as the mad cap Maurice, who alongside professional dancers and local youngsters will enthral audiences in this magical festive spectacle.

Performances of Beauty and the Beast run for three weeks at the South Holland Centre, Spalding, from Saturday, December 10 to Saturday, December 31 (excluding Christmas and Boxing Day). Tickets are £14.50, £13.50 concessions, £13 per person for a family ticket, from the Box Office 01775 764777 or online at www.southhollandcentre.co.uk A Beauty-full Christmas treat!