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Beauty & the Beast: fantastic family fun this Christmas!

Panto is back at the New Theatre Royal – we took a trip to see if it was worth the wait…

This year the show is Beauty & the Beast which runs until Sun 9th Jan 2022.

The incredibly popular Jake Quickenden is the star,  as baddie Flash Hugo, an arrogant, self-loving, egotistical, ladies’ man, he will stop at nothing to win the hand of Belle.  It is fair to see he got himself noticed by all of us – and in some style, with a great performance which drew the traditional boos and cheers from the young ones (and oldies) in the sell out crowd.

Regular Lincoln favourite Chris Johnson (CBBC’s “Yonko”) provides some great funny moments as Belle’s father Professor Ivar Brainstorm, as does award-wining comedian, actor, and magician Christian Lee (Britain’s Got Talent finalist, BBC’s The Slammer), as Marcel Allumette – the quirky candelabra. We particularly enjoyed an array of magic tricks – wish we could work out how they did them!

Zoe Hanna May, who plays Belle, is fantastic, her voice is amazing as it was when we saw her last 2 years ago in Robin Hood.

The Singit Sisters, long term admirers of Flash Hugo were also great to listen to, creating a ready made quiz on famous film lines across the whole production.

The whole show was great fun, packed full of laughs, boos, and audience participation, making it perfect entertainment for all the family. My children loved and loathed Flash Hugo in equal measure (which is exactly how it should be) thanks to Jake Quickenden’s barnstorming performance and none of us wanted the show to end.

The show runs to 9th Jan and the New Theatre Royal is proud to produce a relaxed performance on Friday 17th December (2pm), perfect babies, pre-school children and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment – including anyone with an autism spectrum condition or learning disability. During this performance the overall sound is reduced by 25%, auditorium lights and increased by 25%, and there will be no use of loud bangs, pyrotechnics, or strobe lighting.

There will also be a signed performance on Friday 17th December (7pm) where a trained British Signed Language Interpreter will stand in a visible position on the side of the stage, interpreting the spoken and heard elements of the show.

Under 2s can go free, when sitting on a parent or guardian’s lap.

Tickets are available from www.ntrlincoln.co.uk, the Box Office, or on 01522 519999.

Family, group and school rates are also available.

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