Following last year’s record-breaking production of Jack and the Beanstalk, Sutton Coldfield Town Hall is delighted to announce its 2018 pantomime, Beauty and the Beast. This production, of one of the greatest love stories ever told, will feature a multi-skilled cast of entirely professional performers who will act, sing, dance and play musical instruments in a feast of musical and spectacular festive fun!
Sutton Coldfield’s historic Town Hall, built in 1865, was recently taken over from the City Council by the Sutton Coldfield Arts and Recreational Trust, a team of local Arts and Heritage enthusiasts. Since the Town Hall was faced with closure, its staff have created a jam-packed calendar of events from musicals to comedy, from classical concerts to tribute nights.
Written by pantomime veteran Daniel O’Brien, Beauty and the Beast will follow the classic storyline first written by Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve in 1740. A handsome Prince falls in love with Beauty the beautiful daughter of a French merchant. An evil Enchantress turns the Prince into a hideous, hairy Beast who captures Beauty and we all fear for the worst. But there is something about the Beast that isn’t all bad. Will Beauty fall in love with him and break the evil spell? And, with this being panto, will Dame Dominique Derrière and her son ‘Potty’ Pascal help save the day? Will it, indeed, be the greatest love story ever told or will it all end very unhappily?
Building upon the success of the 2017 pantomime, this year’s show will be produced for the first time by The Production Exchange. This organisation has an enviable reputation for producing professional pantomimes up and down the country meaning this will most definitely be one not to miss! Beauty and the Beast, the magical family pantomime, will run from Tuesday 11th December until Monday 31st December 2018.
“The Production Exchange is very excited about bringing this professional pantomime to Sutton Coldfield Town Hall” said Colin Blumenau, this year’s pantomime producer. “We are looking forward to making a dynamic, colourful and highly musical show with our young and incredibly talented team. The production will feature many traditional pantomime elements mixed with a few innovations. We will whisk the audience through one of the most potent love stories ever told - and have a great deal of fun along the way!”