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Panto returns to Barking with a festive reworking of Beauty and the Beast

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 December 2018

Andy Brennan as Dame Dolly Doughnut. Picture: Polka Dot Pantomimes

Andy Brennan as Dame Dolly Doughnut. Picture: Polka Dot Pantomimes

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The Christmas lights are on, the trees are being decorated – and panto season is upon us.

The entire cast of Beauty on the Beast, which will be running until December 31 at Barking Broadway Theatre. Picture: Polka Dot PantomimesThe entire cast of Beauty on the Beast, which will be running until December 31 at Barking Broadway Theatre. Picture: Polka Dot Pantomimes

This year, Barking’s Broadway Theatre is being captivated by the story of Beauty and the Beast.

From ballet to the big screen, the timeless tale has been reimagined for years – but no interpretations promise to be as fun as the pantomime.

“Pantomime is pure entertainment,” said Barry Burkey, theatre manager at the Broadway.

“It’s not hugely intellectual but you can suspend your disbelief and lose yourself in the show.

Melissa Coleman as Belle, with her best friend played by Reggie. Picture: Polka Dot PantomimesMelissa Coleman as Belle, with her best friend played by Reggie. Picture: Polka Dot Pantomimes

“For an awful lot of people, pantomime is their first experience of live theatre, and it’s become as much a Christmas tradition as turkey and all the trimmings.

“It’s so accessible and completely inclusive, so people from all backgrounds can come and be part of the tradition.”

The show will be running until December 31, with tickets starting at £17. For more information and to book, visit thebroadwaybarking.com.

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