THE cast of Salisbury Playhouse’s latest panto production have been busy rehearsing ready to bring the magical tale to the centre stage this week.

The show starts in the Main House on Saturday and runs until January 13.

The run has been extended by a week on previous years to meet demand.

More than 22,000 tickets have already been sold for this year’s pantomime.

Salisbury favourite Richard Ede is back as the Dame in Beauty and the Beast, after playing the Dame in the last two pantomimes.

Salisbury Playhouse has become famous for its home-grown pantomimes, with sets and costumes all made in the city. The team behind this year’s pantomime helped the theatre win Best Pantomime at the Great British Panto Awards last year for Jack and the Beanstalk.

The famous fairy tale Beauty and the Beast follows the story of Amorette who is taken prisoner by a prince who has been turned into a beast. Eventually Amorette grows to love the Beast, thus lifting a curse and turning him back into a prince.

Tickets to Beauty and the Beast are on sale now and can be booked by calling 01722 320333 or online at