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Salisbury favourite is back as pantomime Dame

Beauty and the Beast
12 October 2018

Salisbury favourite Richard Ede is back as the Dame in this year’s Salisbury Playhouse pantomime Beauty and the Beast – and more than 12,000 tickets have already been sold.

Richard returns to Salisbury, having previously appeared as Widow Twanky in Aladdin in 2016 and Dame Dorothy Trott in the award-winning Jack and the Beanstalk in 2017.

Also cast in Beauty and the Beast are Liberty Buckland, who appeared in last year’s Salisbury panto, as Amorette, and Joseph Black as The Prince/Beast.

Ralph Bogard, Helen Colby, Henry Lawes, Ashley Runeckles and Nerine Skinner complete the cast.

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The famous fairy tale Beauty and the Beast follows the story of Amorette who is taken prisoner by a prince who has been turned into a beast. Eventually she grows to love the Beast, thus lifting a curse and turning him back into a prince.

Beauty and the Beast reunites the creative team behind the last year’s best selling Playhouse pantomime – writer Andrew Pollard, Director Ryan McBryde and Designer James Button.

With more than 12,000 tickets already sold for this year’s panto, audiences are encouraged to book as soon as possible, for a show packed with comedy, dance, songs and audience participation.

A trip to the Playhouse pantomime has become an important part of Christmas celebrations for families, schools and groups, with many performances selling out. To accommodate demand, Beauty and the Beast will run for an extra week until 13 January.

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Notes to Editors:

Salisbury Playhouse is part of Wiltshire Creative, the pan-arts organisation that incorporates Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury International Arts Festival.

Salisbury Playhouse is one of Britain’s leading producing theatres, with a national reputation for home-grown work of the highest quality that attracts audiences from across Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and beyond.

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