PANTO season has begun at Salisbury Playhouse as the enchanting tale of Beauty and the Beast takes to the stage.

Written by Andrew Pollard and directed by Ryan McBryde, the production runs until January 13.

Richard Ede, who has previously appeared as Widow Twanky in Aladdin in 2016 and Dame Dorothy Trott in the award-winning Jack and the Beanstalk in 2017, returns as the dame.

Liberty Buckland, who appeared in last year’s Salisbury panto, also makes a return to the Main House stage as Amorette with Joseph Black as The Prince/Beast.

Completing the cast is Ralph Bogard, Helen Colby, Henry Lawes, Ashley Runeckles and Nerine Skinner.

Other festive offerings from Wiltshire Creative include the murder mystery dinner party, Who Sleighed Santa?, which runs from December 11-13 at Salisbury Arts Centre. Tickets include a three-course festive meal.

From Tuesday, December 18 to Thursday 20 the arts centre hosts Christmas Comedy, with a different line-up of comedy acts each night.

On Friday 21 and Saturday 22, the internationally renowned, vintage-inspired vocal harmony group The Spitfire Sisters will perform swing classics and Christmas favourites at the arts centre.

For younger audiences and their families, the musical The Night Before Christmas is back by popular demand in The Salberg at Salisbury Playhouse. It runs from December 10-30.

Also in The Salberg, Olivier award-winner Guy Masterson returns with his sell-out adaptation of A Christmas Carol (December 18-22).

Tickets can be booked by calling 01722 320333 or by visiting

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