The Wicked Witch paid Gazette towers a visit today (Wednesday) - and shes threatened to cast a spell over all those who dont buy panto tickets. The evil star of Barnstaple pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, cackled as she taunted those who havent 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 shes not evil - just misunderstood. I think people always expect the witch to be extremely wicked, but actually Im 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. Ill soon make them learn, she cackled. READ MORE: Win family ticket to see Beauty and the Beast in Barnstaple While The Witch may have given us the chills, Eurovision star Nicki French, who is behind the character, is the polar opposite. And shes 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 Queens Theatre compare to her Eurovision experience? The wacky clothing, the mad costumes - I suppose thats the same, said Nicki. Youve still got the suspense and drama, and our show is set in France so were doing our bit for Anglo-French relations. 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 ITVs Benidorm. Playing the Prince and the Beast is Jamie Lambert, who is one quarter of the worlds largest musical theatre boyband Collabro, which won Britains 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.