ANGUSalive Announces 2017 Panto with All Star Cast

Beauty and The Beast Panto's The Beast (Chris O'Mara)

Published: Friday 4 August 2017

ANGUSalive announces Beauty and the Beast as its Christmas pantomime at the charity's Webster Memorial Theatre (WMT), Arbroath. The tale as old as time runs from Saturday 9 to Sunday 24 December and is sponsored once again by the local Renault, Dacia and Nissan dealership Mackie Motors.

ANGUSalive has joined forces with local talent JJ Christine, Writer and Director of this year's panto, adding an Angus twist to the well-loved story to be delivered by our sparkling cast which includes; WMT regular Chris O'Mara who hones his inner fiend and cheeky charm to portray our Prince and Beast, supported by wingman and local town Romeo Gastoff, played by Simon Donaldson whose theatre credits include last year's Sinbad. Le Poo, the panto trickster, will be lovingly embellished by Chuck Denton, a Got to Dance finalist who regularly treads the boards at Glasgow's Pavilion Theatre; Susan Coyle of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and television greats like Taggart, will deliver the roles of Mrs P/ Mother and of course, the tale would not be complete without our Bell of the ball, portrayed by accomplished singer and dancer Claudia Todd.

Tickets for Beauty and The Beast are now on sale with an early bird offer available until 29 September; standard price tickets start at £13 (adult) and concessionary (£11) and a family ticket, for two adults and two children, costs £40 with concessionary rates and school performances available on selected dates, please contact the box office for more details. Panto tickets can be purchased from or by calling the box office on 01241 435800 where you can also purchase gift vouchers.

Audrey Hood, Theatre Manager, ANGUSalive's Webster Memorial Theatre, commented:

"Be our guest this Christmas at WMT and discover the mysterious world of The Beast; his hidden passion and his initially unrequited love. Our take on this classic is sure to be packed with fun, frolics and adventure and we look forward to welcoming audiences from all over the North-East to Arbroath for another epic show at WMT. We also thank Mackie Motors for again supporting our panto, look out for more giggles with the team at Mackie Motors in the coming months! Be sure to say hello and grab a selfie with some of our cast members who will be at Seafest this weekend."

Kevin Mackie, Mackie Motors commented:

"We are hugely excited to support ANGUSalive's panto again this year and look forward to some antics across our sites in Arbroath and Brechin in the lead up to the festive season."

JJ Christine, writer/ director commented:

"I am delighted to be working with the ANGUSalive WMT team to produce Beauty and The Beast. The show's dancers have started to learn their show-stopping steps and as the cast begin their read-throughs in the autumn, we welcome some aspiring and new names to WMT this year, who knows we may capture our Broadway stars of the future!"

The panto will be narrated by local radio DJ Stuart Webster of TAY FM - oh yes he is! With a fabulous cast, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses to boot, come and join ANGUSalive's WMT this Christmas and expect lots of slapstick humour throughout, don't wait for the last petal to fall - get your tickets to the show today!

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