Does Beauty & The Beast bring five-star Christmas cheer to Blackpool?
⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oh yes it does! ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Blackpool Grand plus panto equals a double dose of glitz and entertainment and this year’s show does not disappoint. Featuring a superb cast of local celebrities, stage and soap stars, Beauty & The Beast is clearly an absolute delight for all ages judging by the audience reaction.All generations of "shark" willingly stand up to play their part in the Baby Shark Dance at the request of Louis La Plonk, aka radio presenter and comedian Steve Royle.
Audience participation is always the best bit and he orchestrates this brilliantly, whether it’s poking fun at the adults with a French accent, or teasing the kids with a Chorley one.
UK Productions’ larger than life characters create an expert blend of fun and drama.
Nick Wilton is endearing as the Dame, Polly La Plonk; radio presenter Hayley Kay shines as Fairy Bon Bon singing The Great Showman’s This is Me; EastEnders star Danny Walters shows his sensitive side and fantastic vocals as The Beast; and Amelia Adams-Pearce proves her musical theatre prowess with a plucky manner and powerful voice as Belle. Taking full advantage of the strong female role, she fobs off the foppish French Hugo Pompidou (portrayed with ding-dong aplomb by Ben Harlow), takes care of her father Clement (played by the highly likeable Marcus Knibbs), and swoons but keeps her cool as The Beast woos her.
The set and costumes are just gorgeous, from the sparkling purple drapes in the dramatic Beast scenes, to Belle’s famously exquisite yellow ballgown. The talented dancers from the Barbara Jackson Theatre Arts Centre do choreographer Katie Hill’s routines real justice, with ballerinas fluttering daintily beneath towering forest backdrops.
This definitely rates as one of the best pantomimes I’ve seen in a while.
It strikes a lovely balance of hilarity that's not over the top with tender moments that aren’t too deep. The Beast's transformation into Belle's handsome Prince really does make you go "Ahhh" and the laughs really do make your belly ache.
Beauty & The Beast brings five-star Christmas cheer to Blackpool.
And if you don’t know the Baby Shark dance already, make sure you learn it before you go.