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Monday 31 October 2011

Beauty and the Beast

Get ready for the best Christmas party in town! No autumn season at the Mercury Theatre would be complete without a traditional festive family pantomime and this year it is Beauty and the Beast by Janice Dunn from Friday 2 December to Saturday 7 January.

Once upon a time the beautiful Belle stumbles across someone big, hairy and a little bit scary lurking in the forest. Dame Twiggy and the villagers swiftly launch a brave but ever-so-unnecessary rescue attempt! Can the beast be tamed? Can Belle’s heart be claimed? Can the evil sorceress Botoxia be restrained? All will be revealed in this magical adventure full of slapstick humour, sparkling sets, sumptuous costumes and sing-a-long songs.

What separates the Mercury’s pantomime from the rest is that you find many of the same critically acclaimed actors who perform in Mercury Theatre Company productions throughout the year, back on stage – there are no B-list celebrities hogging the limelight and pushing up ticket prices, just the best acting you will find all Christmas.

This year Company regular Ignatius Anthony takes on the greatest panto tradition of all, playing the Dame, having been in numerous Company productions over the last decade, including seven pantomimes. He is joined by more Company favourites including Roger Delves-Broughton, Clare Humphrey, Dale Superville and David Tarkenter.

Laughter, romance, song and dance… sorcerers, lumberjacks, toxic monkeys and a beast … Beauty and the Beast has it all!

Over 25,000 people from Colchester and the surrounding areas are expected to see Beauty and the Beast, and with more than half that number of tickets having already been sold, it really is time to book now!
Tickets are priced from £10 to £19.75 with concessions available at some performances (excluding PEAK). Book now on 01206 573948 or online at

Fri 2 Dec – Sat 7 Jan
A Mercury Theatre Company Extravaganza
Beauty and the Beast by Janice Dunn
Tickets £10 – £19.75, children £8.25 excluding PEAK performances
Other concessions £9.50 excluding PEAK performances

The Mercury offers assisted performances for patrons with hearing and visual impairments.
Captioned Performance: Wednesday 14 December 7pm
Audio Described Performance: Saturday 7 January 2.30pm

Tickets for disabled customers including those who have impaired sight or hearing and the person accompanying them are £6.50 / £9.50 for PEAK performances.

Notes for Editors
Press Performances: Saturday 3 December 2.30pm & 7.30pm

For information, interviews, images and to arrange press tickets please contact:
Rachel Thorne, Press & Marketing Services Manager on 01206 245504 or
Luke O’Loughlin, Press & Marketing Services Assistant Manager on 01206 245510 or

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