THE colourful characters from Salisbury Playhouse's panto delighted youngsters at Salisbury District Hospital's children's ward today (Friday, December 7).

The cast of Beauty and the Beast made a special visit to Sarum Ward to meet children who may not be able to come along to the pantomime this year.

They spent time chatting to children – and shared as many jokes as they could remember.

One little girl taught the cast some new dance moves.

Visiting the hospital were Richard Ede who plays Dame Betty Bonbon, Joseph Black who plays the Prince and the Beast, Liberty Buckland who plays Amorette, Helen Colby who plays Spite, Nerine Skinner who plays Amorette’s sister Soufflé and Alex Wadham who plays Cupid.

The famous fairytale 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.

Beauty and the Beast runs in the Main House of Salisbury Playhouse from December 1 to January 13.

More than 23,000 tickets have been sold for this year’s pantomime.

Tickets to Beauty and the Beast can be booked by calling 01722 320333 or by visiting