Beacon Arts Centre have a Beauty of a panto coming this Christmas!

The Beacon Arts Centre are delighted to announce that they are fully cast for their spectacular family panto Beauty and the Beast, and recently the panto mayhem began when the cast got together for the photo shoot.

 In addition to the previously announced Still Game stars Jane McCarry and Mark Cox are Jimmy Chisholm as Dame Betty, Lee Samuel as Boabby, David Rankine as Hunter, Brooke Allen as Beauty and Liam Mulvey as the Beast.

 This will be Lee’s second year at the Beacon Arts Centre and returns by popular demand after playing the hilarious Wishee Washee in Aladdin last year. The Greenock Telegraph said “it was undoubtedly Lee Samuel, aka Aladdin’s wee brother Wishee Washee...who raised the biggest laugh of the evening”

 Jimmy Chisholm spent last festive season at the Palace Theatre in Kilmarnock as Mother Goose and is delighted to be joining the Beauty and the Beast cast in Greenock this year.

 A familiar face on television Jimmy has appeared in the recent series Mountain Goats, Take the High Road, Rab C Nesbitt, Hamish Macbeth, Taggart and The Bill as well as the films Braveheart with Mel Gibson and Mrs Brown with Dame Judi Dench.

 For Brooke Allan this will be her first time in Beauty and the Beast where she takes on the role of the heroine, Beauty.

 “I love the story of Beauty and the Beast as it encourages people to see beyond a person’s appearance and not to judge them based on how they look. I love the relationship between Beauty and the Beast as I feel she is brave to allow herself to get to know him and accept him for who he is.”

 David Rankine will be playing the arrogant Hunter, sidekick to the evil Nightshade, who is determined to destroy the Beast and win Beauty for himself.

 “My character is not very likeable at all but it is great fun getting booed. I am growing a rather sleazy moustache for the part as well which is hilarious.”

 Don’t miss your chance to see this fabulous cast when Beauty and the Beast opens on Friday 9 December. The show runs until Saturday 31 January 2016.