Overview

Ooh la la!  The stage is set for magic, mayhem and brilliantly beastly fun as this famous fairy tale is brought to life.

When the beautiful Belle bumps into the handsome Prince Valentin – with a little help from Cupid of course - love is definitely in the air. That is until the evil sorceress casts her wicked spell and everything suddenly gets hairy…really hairy.

Transported to a cursed castle and held captive by a hideous beast, can Belle see beyond the monster and fall in love before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose? 

With love and laughter, music and mayhem, all the elements you’d expect from a classic pantomime come together to make this spellbinding tale a Christmas treat for all the family...C’est magnifique!

We have generous discounts for group booking - the more you book, the bigger the discount.  Just call Ticket Office who can help you find the best deal

 

 

Casting Annoucement

The stage is set this Christmas for the enchanting family pantomime Beauty and the Beast at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts. 

The first Lighthouse panto produced entirely in-house, it features an amazing cast headed by long-time Lighthouse friend Chris Jarvis and Michelle Collins, star of EastEndersCoronation Street and Two Thousand Acres of Sky. 

“I’m so glad to be back at Lighthouse and I’ve been blown away by the good feeling around this show,” says CBeebies star Chris, who will be playing Dame for the first time on stage. 

“I’m really looking forward to it, but there have been so many brilliant Dames – it’s a very specific act – so there’s a lot to live up to and a lot at stake. Producing this show in-house represents a huge investment for Lighthouse and I know it will all be worth it when you see the happiness that it brings. People feel like they need something, they need a lift, because we sort of missed Christmas last year.” 

The sentiment is echoed closely by Chris’ co-star, Michelle Collins. 

“For a lot of kids, it’s the first time they’ve gone to the theatre and that means you have a responsibility – if your name’s on the poster you have to deliver,” she says. 

“I didn’t do panto last year because of the pandemic, but Chris and I were together in Swindon the year before and we talked about working together again so this is the first opportunity we’ve had, and I jumped at the chance.” 

The story has all the familiar elements, but in a nod to the original 18th century folk tale, this version includes Cupid as the playful spring-heeled purveyor of gold-tipped arrows that spread love and happiness.  

“It was written by Andrew Pollard for Salisbury, and we’ve turned it into a proper, traditional panto,” says Chris. “It has that traditional humour that maybe we don’t see on telly so much and it has a bit of extra story with all the fun and gags and fantastic costumes – it’s a real party!” 

Tim Colegate, Lighthouse Head of Programming and Lead Producer, adds: “Beauty and the Beast is particularly exciting for us as we’re bringing the producing of our panto back in house. As a predominantly receiving venue, we are used to presenting the great work of other artists, but this is the one major feature of our programme where we now have complete creative control and we’re ready to deliver Poole’s best Christmas show yet.” 

The cast also features Wade Lewin (Beast/Prince), whose credits include Bridgerton, the 2019 Disney film adaptation of Aladdin and the West End production of The Lion King, and Poole-born Ross Ericson (Belle’s father Marzipan), an actor-director-producer with a wealth of credits who’s looking forward to appearing in his first-ever panto.  

The emerging talents of Alice Rose Fletcher (Belle), Tom Mann (Cupid) and Georgia Grant-Anderson (Belle’s sister Soufflé) complete the line-up. 

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Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is suitable for people with aspergers, autism or learning difficulties.  It is an opportunity for families to attend together  without worrying about how any behaviours may affect other audience members. It is often the case that those attending need more space, for noise to be reduced and to leave the auditorium at any time.  

A relaxed performance takes place at 6pm on Tuesday 21 December.   Tickets can be booked online however if you require a ticket for an essential carer/PA then please ring Ticket Office on 01202 280000.  One of our team can help you find the best seat  for you.  Your essential carer/PA ticket is not charged for.  

Some of the changes we will make for a relaxed performance include:

  • We make slight changes to the sound, lowering the volume and reducing any loud effects.
  • We slow down any flashing/strobe lighting effects.
  • The lights will always be on at a low level in the auditorium.
  • For anyone who needs to leave the show, we have a small, quiet chill-out area just outside the auditorium. You can return to the show when you are ready. It is fine if you need to leave and return several times.
  • We do not sell every seat so you can move around freely.

Most importantly we ask everyone to be tolerant and accepting of the fact that some people may express enjoyment of the show in different ways; the attitude to noise, singing along to the show, and movement is relaxed, we ask anyone in our audience to be supportive of this.

Dementia Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are carefully tailored for people living with dementia and their families or carers so that everyone can enjoy the show in an environment that is comfortable and supportive.

A dementia freindly performance takes place at 2 pm on Tuesday 21 December. Tickets can be booked online however if you require a ticket for an essential carer/PA then please ring Ticket Office on 01202 280000.  One of our team can help you find the best seat  for you.  Your essential carer/PA ticket is not charged for.  Here are some of the ways we may adapt a show for a dementia friendly performance:

  • The volume of music will be reduced when dialogue is taking place.
  • There will be a very relaxed attitude to moving around the theatre and making noise.
  • Changing seats during the performance is fine and so is leaving the performance and re-entering.
  • There will be additional signage with pictures in the foyer.
  • There will be a quiet room available before, during and after the show.
  • There will be more staff on hand to offer help and support.

Audio-described performances

Audio Description is live commentary interspersed with the actors' dialogue.

This is relayed via a headset linked to the infra-red audio system.  Short 'programme notes' are avaialable before the production, which explains the atmosphere, costumes, characters and action. Programme notes will be sent by email in advance.

A Touch Tour is available on request for blind and partially-sighted customers to familiarise themselves with the set ahead of the performance. 

Touch Tours

We offer a free touch tour for every audio-described production. You can feel the set, props and costume and familarise yourself with the voices of the actors and audio describer. Let us know if you need a member of staff to accompany you. Guide dogs are welcome on set.  

Audio Described performances take place at 2pm on Wed 29 Dec and 6pm on Thu 30 December

Tickets can be booked online however if you require a headset or a ticket for an essential carer/PA then please ring Ticket Office on 01202 280000.  One of our team can help you find the best seat  for you.  Your essential carer/PA ticket is not charged for.

 

 

Captioned Performances

At Captioned performances, the actors’ spoken words are converted into visible text via a display screens at the side of the stage The text scrolls at the same speed as the dialogue, making it easy to follow with the action on stage. Captioning may also be useful for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, or who speak English as a second language. 

Captioned performances take place at 6pm on Wed 29 Dec and 2pm on Thu 30 December

Tickets can be booked online however if you require a ticket for an essential carer/PA then please ring Ticket Office on 01202 280000.  One of our team can advise on the best seats for viewing the captions..  Your essential carer/PA ticket is not charged for.

Ticket Information

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