Newport’s Riverfront Theatre Unwrap Beauty And The Beast for 2023-24 Panto Season

Oh Yes, they Have! After the roaring success of their 2022-23 pantomime Robin Hood, Newport’s Riverfront Theatre has unwrapped the title for this year’s forthcoming show!

The enchanting family pantomime, Beauty and the Beast will be written and directed by Richard Gauntlett, who recently brought Robin Hood to life and welcomed over 27,000 people into the theatre over the festive season.

Gemma Durham, Head of Theatre and Arts says: ‘Beauty and the Beast is sure to be another festive, fun-filled family adventure. The pantomime is an exciting part of our annual programme here at The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre and is the perfect opportunity to introduce children to the magic and excitement of live theatre.’

Richard Elis will return for the Riverfront Theatre’s 2023 pantomime season in Beauty and The Beast. Photo: Sian Trenberth Photography

When an arrogant Prince is cursed to live as a beast his only hope of salvation is to find love – when a charming village girl, Rose, comes into his life, is this the chance he has been waiting for? Can Rose see beyond the hideous beast before it is too late? Can the evil Hecate seek her revenge?

Featuring  a magical transformation, side-splitting comedy, music, dance, stunning sets and costumes, Beauty and the Beast has all the ingredients for yet another record-breaking pantomime.  The pantomime will also welcome back The Riverfront’s favourite festive star, Richard Elis in a yet to be revealed role.

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