Nikki Grahame as Fairy Rose Low ResRegal Entertainment’s cracking Easter pantomime Beauty and the Beast opened on Saturday at St Helens Theatre Royal and has already received rave reviews!

The Tale As Old As Time showed no signs of waning as the audience waxed lyrical about the eggcellent Easter panto. And theatre critics have given their seal of approval to the family panto which brings to life the original, timeless story of a selfish and hot tempered prince who is turned into a hideous monster as punishment for his cruel ways and told he must win the affection of a beautiful, young girl in order to regain his humanity.

John Roberts from The Reviews Hub praised the performers, set, costumes and choreography, stating: “This is certainly an Easter treat for all the family.”

Meanwhile, blogger Shazney Spence wrote: “This enchanting tale is a true feel-good and uplifting show.”

Director Chantelle Nolan is delighted with the audience’s response. She said: “I always feel nervous on opening night but we have been thrilled with the audience’s comments so far. It has been great timing with the release of the new Disney film Beauty and the Beast – all the little girls have been coming in their Belle dresses and the whole family have enjoyed the show as there is something for everyone. It’s a fun, traditional panto but with a modern twist!”

Running until Sunday 23rd April, the family friendly pantomime stars Channel 5 Milkshake’s Amy Thompson as the beautiful Belle and Big Brother legend Nikki Grahame who adds plenty of magic as Fairy Rose.

Richard Hazelwood who is roarsome as the scary Beast and the brilliant Philip McGuinness who plays the brutish and unbearably conceited Gaston battle it out to win Belle’s heart, Garston being egged on by his evil mother Madam Botox planed by the formidable Hannah Potts.


Meanwhile, St Helens Theatre Royal favourites, the hilarious Liam Mellor and the theatre’s resident dame, Simon Foster, provide plenty of mayhem and mischief as French Frank and Potty Polly.


This charming tale is filled with hilarious comedy, wonderful songs and a story which proves that even the grumpiest of Beasts can change his ways.

The Tale as Old as Time will capture your heart this Easter, so hold off your chocolate eggs and prepare to be swept away by this magical story.

Tickets are selling fast so make sure to book your tickets before the final rose petal falls – this is sure to be the must-see Easter event of 2017!


“Nolan has made sure there is nothing superfluous in this slick and savvy production, scenes are short and snappy, routines don’t outstay their welcome and the cast delivers bags of energy.” John Roberts, The Reviews Hub

“Expect fun, frivolity, audience participation and a great time with your family and friends if you go and see this panto. It is up-market and produced with skill and attention to detail.” Shazney Spence, Blogger

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Regal Entertainments Ltd Present: Beauty and the Beast

Dates: Sat 01 – Sun 23 April 2017

Times: 1pm Daily plus 5pm every Sat and Sun

Ticket Prices:

Wed & Thu Shows:

Sparkle Golden Tickets (Rows A-G):

£15 All Seats

Sparkle Standard Tickets

£13 All Seats

Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon Shows:

Glitter Golden Tickets (Rows A-G):

£17 Adult/ £16.50 Concession/ £16 Child

Glitter Standard Tickets:

£14.50 Adult/ £14 Concession/ £13.50 Child/ £54 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)