Beauty and the Beast by Andrew Pollard

Salisbury Playhouse has delivered the perfect 2018 seasons Christmas pantomime of Beauty and the Beast in their 517 seater main theatre. All the finest ingredients you expect to see in a pantomime can be found in this brilliant production. From the devilish Villain Spite pictured above to the flamboyant charismatic Dame Betty Bon Bon, with an added twist in the form of Cupid who is pictured below. Plus all the familiar characters from Beauty and the Beast making an appearance along the way.

Dame Betty Bon Bon played by the talented Richard Ede pictured below, has a fantastic set of colourful sweet themed costumes. Look out for her great liquorice outfit. The costume department in this production has made an excellent collection of memorable and exuberant designs, the attention to details in all of these costumes is terrific. Add into the mix of her tongue twister sweet song, and this is one of those characters that are likely to remain in your memory.

The typical one-liners and tongue in cheek innuendos are all present and were delivered to a laughing audience. Added to that the brilliantly dressed stage with all the glitter, colour and exaggerated props you would expect to find. Some of these are pictured below during one of Betty Bon Bons singing scene. This entertaining production is exactly what is needed to cheer you up on a long cold and wet winters evening.

Two very tough critics accompanied me to this performance. In the form of my two teenage daughters both of whom thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Joining in during the “oh no he isn’t ” parts and laughing at the adult jokes. Both of them said it was “very entertaining ” and are really pleased they saw it. Very high praise indeed, as anyone with teenagers will know they are a hard audience.

The wonderful picture below captures the soul of the love story told taking place within this Pantomime. Due to the larger than life characters on stage, the Beasts character tends to take a back seat but this does not detract from the overall storyline and the perfect happy ever after that draws it all to an end, with the happy couple featured in the picture above. This fantastic production has been bought to the stage by the talented creative team of the writer Andrew Pollard, director Ryan McBryde and designer James Button.

All photos by Robert Workman.

4 stars.

Running from the 1st December 2018 to 13th January 2019.

Check out the website or call to book tickets.

Salisbury Playhouse

Maltings Lane

Salisbury

Wiltshire

SP2 7RA.

Tel 01722 320 333

http://www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk

Twitter @salisburyplay

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