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Beast a real boost!

WITHOUT any shadow of doubt, the only real pantomime villain over the last couple of years has been a certain vicious virus.

But it now looks as if we could almost be out of the wild and wicked wood at last. Oh yes, we are! The reason I say this is because Worcester Theatres brought their famed family pantomime back this year with Beauty and the Beast, and the tale seemingly as old as time itself appears to have been a huge hit with Worcestershire audiences.

Despite uncertainties surrounding the pandemic, the cast, crew and staff at Worcester Theatres worked hard to ensure the safety of themselves and their audiences throughout the pantomime run - and in return, they received glowing feedback for each of their performances.

Many theatres were affected by Covid 19 during the panto season, with some having their performances delayed, interrupted, and even cancelled. But the Worcester Theatres team managed to make it through a total of 59 shows, which seems like an incredible achievement during these difficult times.

Sarah-Jane Morgan, Chief Executive of Worcester Theatres said: “I was simply delighted to get through the complete run of Beauty and the Beast. A 59 show run, plus two-week rehearsal period, is a tremendous task to undertake at any time. But in the current climate, some may have thought it nearly impossible.

“I was so grateful to make it safely through the complete run when other theatres across the country were sadly forced to close early due to the pandemic.

“Our patrons from Worcester and the wider ‘shire’ were utterly fabulous, and supported us with a commitment that was so heartfelt, flooding through the doors of the Swan Theatre proving their undying support for live theatre and the Arts in the city.”

Audiences both old and new commented on the exceptional quality of the Worcester Repertory Company cast, the set design, the music and the overall atmosphere created at the Swan Theatre.

“Yet again a brilliant traditional family pantomime. Absolutely nailed it,” said one. “It’s the best panto I’ve ever seen! We loved it,” enthused another.

Beauty and the Beast was also met with accolades from local Press. Choice Radio Worcester gave it five stars and said: “If you are looking for an enchanting evening out with the family, with all you would expect from a panto, then you really only have to travel as far as the Swan Theatre”.

And yours truly said in my review: “Worcester Rep has undoubtedly built on the city’s proud panto tradition to deliv

er a Christmas cracker of a show. This is indeed a show that explodes with talent!”

It’s clear to see Worcester Theatres’ pantomime was a roaring success that delighted and entertained its audiences, an incredible achievement, and exactly what Worcester wants from its local arts organisations during these trying times.

Worcester Theatres and the Worcester Repertory Company will be back later in the year with Cinderella, from November 29, 2022, to January 2, 2023, performing at the Swan Theatre. Tickets are available to buy now.

Pictured: Beautiful performances all round!

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