Friday 15 December 2017

Oh yes it is! Panto back with 'Beauty and the Beast'

The 2017 panto poster.
The 2017 panto poster.

Wexford Pantomime's roots stretch back to the early 1900s when the Franciscan Friars brought the tradition to Wexford.

The Friars held pantomimes in conjunction with the best of local talent for many years in the Theatre Royal up until the foundation of the Opera Festival.

At this point the Pantomime Society moved to its new home in the Dun Mhuire Theatre, where madcap shows are held each January.

This year, Wexford Pantomime Society will be staging 'Beauty and the Beast', opening on January 10 and will run until Sunday, January 15, with a matinee.

It's not the Disney one so there will be no talking clocks or teapots as write Tom O'Leary points out.

The original story of Beauty and the Beast was written by a lady called Madame Leprince de Beaumont in 1757 and in this version, the Panto version is adapted from her original story with a few surprises to be thrown in along the way.

Tom O'Leary has already started bringing this year's Pantomime to life with Suzanne O'Leary (choreographer) and Vicky Clancy (Musical Director). You can get your tickets from the Dun Mhuire ticket office from Saturday, November 26, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and every Saturday leading up to Christmas.

Box Office opening days are November 26, and December 3, 10, 17 and 19 to 23, Christmas week. And from January 2 to the end of show. The Dun Mhuire Box Office number is (053) 9123061 or on 086 1722590.

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