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Theatre Severn announces extra panto dates as demand soars

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Beauty and The Beast 

Theatre Severn is predicting record sales for this season’s panto – Beauty and the Beast – and has added more dates to the run.

The Shropshire Council-owned theatre is set to break last year’s record when almost 35,000 people attended the box office smash hit Aladdin.

With more than 60 per cent of its tickets for this year’s extravaganza sold, the box office is now open for more performances, with the run now closing on 8 January 2023 instead of 2 January 2023.

Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, culture, leisure and tourism, and transport, said:-

“The panto season at Theatre Severn is always eagerly anticipated as Evolution has such a good reputation for delivering top rate entertainment for people of all ages.

“It’s wonderful to hear that ticket sales are so strong this year and that extra shows are being added to the run of Beauty and the Beast. Audiences are clearly delighted to be back in our theatre and it is offering a varied programme to meet that demand.”

Craig Reeves, Theatre Severn marketing manager, added:-

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming audiences back for another fun-filled panto season. Beauty and the Beast is a first for Theatre Severn and a brand-new production from Evolution. Seats are filling up as fast as ever and booking now is highly recommended.”

Beauty and the Beast is written by Telford-born Paul Hendy and produced by Evolution, the hugely successful creative team behind pantomimes at Theatre Severn since 2011, and legendary Dame Brad Fitt returns to direct and star in the show.

Paul said:-

“We are so incredibly proud of the continued success of the pantomimes and our wonderful relationship with the amazing team at Theatre Severn. This year’s show promises to be our biggest and funniest ever; we can’t wait to get started.”

This year’s multi-talented cast includes comedian Tommy J Rollason (Britain’s Got Talent 2022) as Jangles, and fresh from starring in Birmingham Hippodrome’s Goldilocks and The Three Bears, Samantha Dorrance will play the title role of Beauty; Kane Oliver Parry as Gaston; Tom Carter-Miles as the Beast, and Jo Osmond as the fairy.

Beauty and the Beast opens on Wednesday 30 November 2022 and runs until Sunday 8 January 2023. Tickets are available from the Box Office at Theatre Severn – 01743 281281 – or online at www.theatresevern.co.uk