Beauty and The Beast Pantomime Review

A tale as old as time has come to Nottingham with the stunning and hilarious new panto, Beauty and The Beast. Written by Kenneth Alan Taylor and directed by Bill Buckhurst, this latest production from Nottingham Playhouse will not disappoint.

Join a bunch of fun and friendly characters for this romp through a rural village in France, La Rochelle sur la Trent. You will meet Belle and the Beast as well as Madame Fifi, Jacques the Lad, Maurice and Gaston. They will take on a quest to a remote castle, owned by the Beast (a once handsome prince, who is cursed to live in a beastly body), and form unlikely relationships during their stay. Ultimately a love story about acceptance and family, it suits a Christmas panto very well.

There are tons of local references to enjoy, including references to Nottingham City Transport, the main sponsor of the production. The jokes are woven seamlessly into the plot, which in turn is driven by many fabulous musical and dance numbers. You will recognise re-written hits from the likes of Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga, as well as a few Christmas classics to get you into the festive spirit.

The cast do a brilliant job at engaging the audience and gets the whole auditorium laughing their heads off and cheering along. You will find yourself shouting ‘CHICKEN!’ as well as the classics ‘IT’S BEHIND YOU’ and ‘OH YES IT IS’. John Elkington, who plays Madame Fifi, is a standout in showcasing comedic timing, improv skills and bringing a presence to the stage which captivates the audience. Their fantastical costumes may have had something to do with that, too!

There are some practical effects in the production and stunning sets which have been creatively designed, providing a window into this pantomime world. The production is suitable for all ages and the venue also offers British Sign Language interpretation, captioning and audio, a relaxed performance and a dementia-friendly performance.

Overall, the panto is fantastically funny, definitely dazzling and leaves you feeling very festive. You can catch it at Nottingham Playhouse until Saturday 15th of January, but we suggest you see it as soon as possible!

This review was written by Katherine Taylor, Marketing Executive at Visit Nottinghamshire.


Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast 2021

Head to Nottingham Playhouse to laugh and cheer, 'boo' the baddies and singalong to magnificent musical numbers – it's a guaranteed great night out for all the family.



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