Meet the cast of Beauty and the Beast!

It is with great pleasure that Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds announces the cast for its 2016 panto, Beauty and the Beast.


Louise Olley, originally form Stowmarket, has been cast as Belle. Louise returns for a second year as the lead following her performance as Jill in last year’s Jack & The Beanstalk.


Louise Olley as Belle












Also returning for a second year is Leonie Spilsbury, who is taking on the role of Fairy Blossom.


Leonie Spilsbury as Fairy Blossom













Helen Slade, who grew up in Bury St Edmunds, has been cast as Vera. Beauty and the Beast will be Helen’s professional stage debut since graduating from drama school.

Helen Slade as Vera

Helen Slade as Vera














This year’s Dame, the wonderfully named Molly Muffintop, will be played by Eamonn Fleming. An experienced Dame, this will be Eamonn’s first panto with the Theatre Royal.

Eamonn Fleming as Molly Muffintop

Eamonn Fleming as Molly Muffintop













The all important character of the Beast will be played by Sebastian Hill

Sebastian Hill as the Beast

Sebastian Hill as the Beast













Britt Lenting lends her acting talents to the role of this year’s baddie Elvira.

Britt Lenting as Elvira

Britt Lenting as Elvira















Michael Lapham is onboard as Molly’s son, Barney Muffintop

Michael Lapham as Barney Muffintop

Michael Lapham as Barney Muffintop













And finishing off this superb cast is Martin Neely who takes on the role of Belle’s father, Sir Kenneth Branflakes.

Martin Neely as Sir Kenneth Branflakes

Martin Neely as Sir Kenneth Branflakes














Beauty and the Beast has been written by Chris Hannon and will be directed by Theatre Royal’s Artistic Director Karen Simpson, her 3rd pantomime since joining the theatre in 2013. The traditional family pantomime is an in-house production by the Theatre Royal and runs between Friday 2 December and Sunday 15 January.

There is a BSL signed performance on Wednesday 14th December at 2pm and a relaxed performance on Friday 13 January 2017 at 1.30pm.

The cast are due to begin rehearsals this November in Bury St Edmunds.

To book tickets for Beauty and the Beast click HERE

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