Local schoolchildren have already had a taste of the Grantham panto Beauty and the Beast, with the wider public now seeing it for the first time.
It’s the start of a busy 46-show run for the Polka Dot Pantomimes production at the Guildhall, which carries through until January 3.
It is, of course, the classic story for all the family, and that is whether you are three or 103 years old.
Once upon a time, a handsome young prince was cursed by Grimalkin – the evil sorceress, and is doomed to stay hidden in his castle in the guise of a grotesque beast.
Can anyone ever love such a beast and unlock the cruel spell? Will Belle and her captivating love save the beast from his ill-fated destiny?
Make-believe, magic, music and mayhem provide a “beauty-full” Christmas treat for panto lovers.
No doubt there will be plenty of audience participation, modern songs to sing along to, huge amounts of laughter with the great story to ensure that everyone leaves with a smile on their face.
On stage there will be new and familiar faces in the professional cast - including John Highton - and a very special appearance by Grantham’s most talented canine resident, as the panto pooch makes his theatrical debut!
Tickets cost £13 for adults (£12 concessions or £10 for groups of 10-plus) and £44 for a family of four. For schools, tickets cost £7.50. Call the box office for showtimes and to buy tickets on 01476 406158 or go to www.guildhallartscentre.co.uk