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Whitby’s Apollo Players are back with another dose of pantomime fun this January at Whitby Pavilion Theatre.

The players will present the classic tale of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ from Monday 14 to Saturday 19 January 2013 each night at 7pm and to include a matinee performance on Saturday 14 January at 2pm.

Fresh from the record-breaking success of Dick Whittington back in January and their popular summer show Flying the Flag, Beauty and the Beast promises to be another memorable evening out for the entire family.

Join Belle (Danielle Bird) in her quest for true love and happiness it won’t be easy, not with the wicked Belladonna (Sally Fewster) up to her usual tricks as she puts a spell on Prince Danton (Ivan Hall) who trasnforms magically into the mighty Beast (Ryan Eglon). When her father Alphonse (Andy Lowe) is captured by the Beast it becomes a race against time to save him and find her true love before the last rose of summer dies.

Aided by Madame Fifi (Martin McLachlan) and her idiotic son Jaques (Tom Roberts), Belle must help change the Beasts evil ways to save her father.

Add Belle’s sisters, Ermengarde (Gill Locker) and Esmeralda (Alethea Estill) into the mix along with Marcel (Steve Upton) and Monique (Suzy Corrigan) from the Beauty parlour, Gustave (Andrew Marshall) who only loves himself and Monsieur Le Fou (Nick Tann) from the local lunatic asylum and audiences have got the perfect mix for panto fun and mayhem.

But all is not lost, Flora (Francis Bain) the flower fairy is on hand to guide Belle to happiness.

Featuring an all local cast, a live band, dazzling costumes, special effects, stunning scenery, laugher, songs and all the usual pantomime style fun this is billed as a night out not to be missed!

The show has been written by Alan P Frayn who wrote last year’s hit Dick Whittington and is being put together by the same production team of Dave Masters, Chris Wales and Francoise Russell.

Tickets for the show have already been selling very well with the matinee performance already over half full.

They can be booked now by calling the Apollo Players box office on (01947) 601724.

And they can also be purchased in person at Whitby Library from 3 January.

Seats for all shows are priced at £8 with a concession (under 14, over 60) of £7.

There is also a special opening night price of £5 per ticket for the Monday 14 January performance.

People are advised to book early, especially for the matinee performance and opening night as these usually sell out early!

Chris Wales of the Players told the Whitby Gazette: “Beauty and the Beast is the perfect end to those festive celebrations and a sure fire way of brightening up those dark January nights.”