The Wicked Witch cast an evil spell over Gazette towers today (Wednesday) and is threatening to curse those who don’t book to see Beauty and the Beast.

The Wicked Witch paid Gazette towers a visit today (Wednesday) - and she’s threatened to cast a spell over all those who don’t buy panto tickets.

The evil star of Barnstaple pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, cackled as she taunted those who haven’t bought tickets with the threat of an evil curse.

But the dastardly villain, who curses the prince to live as a beast in the star-studded show, promises she’s not evil - just misunderstood.

“I think people always expect the witch to be extremely wicked, but actually I’m lovely,” she said.

“Visitors to the panto will be surprised at how beautiful I really am, even though the cast seem to think I am not.

“I’ll soon make them learn,” she cackled.

Pantomime villain the Wicked Witch, played by Nicki French, has cast her spell over Gazette towers.Pantomime villain the Wicked Witch, played by Nicki French, has cast her spell over Gazette towers.

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While The Witch may have given us the chills, Eurovision star Nicki French, who is behind the character, is the polar opposite.

And she’s let us in to a little secret - the audience can expect to hear her 90s chart-topping hit, Total Eclipse of the Heart, during the show.

But how does the pantomime at The Queen’s Theatre compare to her Eurovision experience?

“The wacky clothing, the mad costumes - I suppose that’s the same,” said Nicki.

“You’ve still got the suspense and drama, and our show is set in France so we’re doing our bit for Anglo-French relations.

Pantomime villain the Wicked Witch, played by Nicki French, has cast her spell over Gazette towers.Pantomime villain the Wicked Witch, played by Nicki French, has cast her spell over Gazette towers.

“One day they may even give us some points.”

The star-studded cast includes career showman Bobby Crush as Dame Ethel Eiffel and Bobby Sparkle of ITV’s Benidorm.

Playing the Prince and the Beast is Jamie Lambert, who is one quarter of the world’s largest musical theatre boyband Collabro, which won Britain’s Got Talent in 2014.

If you want to save the Gazette team from the threat of a curse, then make sure you buy your tickets to see Beauty and the Beast here or by calling 01271 316063.

You can also enter our competition to win a family ticket to see the show here.