Welwyn Garden City’s 2017 Christmas pantomime revealed

PUBLISHED: 14:34 25 January 2017 | UPDATED: 13:55 26 January 2017

Sarah the Cook (Michael Totton) with young dancers in 2016 Welwyn Garden City pantomime Dick Whittington at the Hawthorne Theatre

Sarah the Cook (Michael Totton) with young dancers in 2016 Welwyn Garden City pantomime Dick Whittington at the Hawthorne Theatre

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The Welwyn Garden City pantomime for 2017 has been announced – with tickets going on sale next month.

Following the box office success of Dick Whittington, organisers have confirmed that Beauty and the Beast will be the Hawthorne Theatre pantomime for Christmas 2017.

The panto will be directed once again by Helen Crosse.

The show will also star Michael Totton, who played Sarah the Cook in last year’s festive treat Dick Whittington.

The cast of 2016 Welwyn Garden City pantomime Dick Whittington on stage at the Hawthorne Theatre The cast of 2016 Welwyn Garden City pantomime Dick Whittington on stage at the Hawthorne Theatre

A statement on the CW Entertainment venue’s website said: “We are so excited to announce that after our most successful pantomime ever, Dick Whittington, we will be bringing you a magical beast of a pantomime for Christmas 2017 – Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast is from the same team that brought you Dick Whittington – directed by Helen Crosse and starring Welwyn Garden City’s favourite Dame Michael Totton.”

Producers will be hoping to repeat 2016’s success with Beauty and the Beast, and capitalise on Disney’s forthcoming live-action re-telling of the movie studio’s animated classic, with the new romantic fantasy musical film starring Emma Watson as Belle.

Pantomime tickets for Beauty and the Beast will be on sale in February.

Visit the Hawthorne Theatre website at www.hawthornetheatre.co.uk for more details.

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