There was excitement in the air at the Winter Garden last week as the cast of this year’s Eastbourne pantomime was unveiled to the public.
While it may still feel like summer outside, the pantomime season is just around the corner and this year’s offering of Beauty and the Beast was officially launched on Wednesday, September 17.
Ex-Hollyoaks star Carley Stenson will adopt the role of Malevolent, the wicked fairy, while Belle will be played by West End star Emily Bull.
Carley, best known for her role as Steph Cunningham in the British soap, has also featured on stage in the West End, playing Princess Fiona in Shrek and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, among others. She will be making her first appearance on stage in Eastbourne when the pantomime kicks off at the Devonshire Park Theatre on December 12.
Emily, meanwhile, has performed in the town before when Cabaret was at the Congress Theatre last year. She played the role of Fritzie alongside singer Will Young. Her other credits include Cosette in Les Misérables, Young Lucy in Sweeney Todd and Frenchy in Grease.
The show will also feature crowd favourite Martyn Knight as Dame Derriere and local comedian Tucker as Potty Pierre.
The cast will reunite to begin rehearsals on December 1 - just 11 days before the opening night on December 12. The pantomime will run until January 11.
There will be 54 productions of the show across the five weeks, with a matinée and evening show on most days. There will be four gruelling days with three performances at 11am, 2.30pm and 7pm.
Prices for the opening night range from £11 -£14. Standard tickets for the rest of the performances start at £12, while premium seats cost from £16.50. Discounts are available for students, people with disabilities, people who are unemployed and groups of ten or more.
A full price guide and list of show dates and times can be found on the Eastbourne Theatres website at www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk. As well as online, tickets can also be bought from the Box Office by calling 01323 412000.
Beauty and the Beast, which is written and produced by Chris Jordan, will be the 14th in-house produced pantomime in Eastbourne.