An AI-enhanced pantomime of Beauty and the Beast is heading to Welwyn Theatre next month.

The production will be the third panto by Welwyn Amateur Theatre Group, with backdrops designed by AI technology.

Written by Ben Crocker and directed by the duo of Stephanie Dunn and Stuart Carnegie, the panto stars Lauren Ryan as Rose - also known as Beauty.

Tim Spink will portray the Beast, who transforms into the charming prince, played by Ryan English.

Bruce Bunson returns to the Welwyn stage as the pantomime dame, while Susan Read plays the wicked villainess Malabelle.

Other cast members include Paul Birch as Felix the poodle, Helen Curnow as Beauty's protective brother Jacques, Selena Comeskey as blacksmith's daughter Capucine, and a group of ensemble chorus members. 

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The panto will take place at Welwyn Civic Centre on Friday, December 8, Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10.


Tickets cost £12 for adults and £9 for under-16s.

Welwyn Amateur Theatre Group was established three years go. A spokesperson for the group said: "We can't wait to share this remarkable journey with you, and we promise that this year's pantomime will leave a lasting smile on your face.

"Don't delay, as tickets are in high demand, and you won't want to miss out on this spectacular show!"