The Bemerton Players have been producing pantomimes since the 70s from the hall at St Michael’s Church, Bemerton Heath, and there’s always been a mix of new and old hands taking part.

But this year’s production of Beauty and the Beast has seen an influx of new faces from all over the district – including as far as Downton.

“It’s lovely to see so many new keen young people wanting to be involved in our pantomime, and heart-warming that its reputation of being a fun production to take part in is known far and wide” says Mel Smith, veteran director of the last six pantomimes.

“And even lovelier to see their enthusiasm spill through to great performances, but even more than that, their infectious enjoyment of the parts they play.”

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Beauty and the Beast is one of the less traditional pantomimes, set in France, it tells the story of the brave and handsome Prince Adam who has a curse placed on him by his evil brother Zorag, turning him into a beast to stop him marrying Beauty, and ascending the throne.

With good fairy Fantastique and lots of “oh no it isn’t” and “it’s behind you” from the audience, perhaps things will turn out alright in the end! Expect lots of jokes, dancing, song and slapstick along the way.

Performances in St Michael’s Community Centre, St Michael’s Road, Salisbury, SP2 9LE, are at 7.30 pm on Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8, and 2pm and 7pm on Saturday, December 9.

Tickets are available online at, or by calling 07593 074122, and also available on the door.