The Gazette has been along to review Beauty and the Beast at the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple – have you got your tickets yet?

Melissa Potts as Belle and Jamie Lambert as the Beast in the Queen's Theatre Barnstaple 2017 Christmas pantomime of Beauty and the Beast. Picture: Paul Clapp Melissa Potts as Belle and Jamie Lambert as the Beast in the Queen's Theatre Barnstaple 2017 Christmas pantomime of Beauty and the Beast. Picture: Paul Clapp

The story many be as old as time but this Barnstaple pantomime of Beauty and the Beast is bang up to date and fizzing with fun.

Earlier this year the future looked bleak for the Queen’s Theatre, but new management has waved the magic wand to bring the traditional Christmas panto back to Barnstaple where it belongs.

The in-house production of Beauty and the Beast from Parkwood Entertainments runs until December 31 and certainly ticks all the panto boxes.

Expect a lively magical mix of music, comedy and dance in the best traditions of good old-fashioned family fun, as the cast steps back in time to the village of Le Grand Derriere in old France.

Bobby Crush tinkles the ivories as Dame Ethel Eiffel in the Queen's Theatre Barnstaple 2017 Christmas pantomime. Picture: Paul Clapp Bobby Crush tinkles the ivories as Dame Ethel Eiffel in the Queen's Theatre Barnstaple 2017 Christmas pantomime. Picture: Paul Clapp

Children will love it, but there are plenty of gags and West End-class song set pieces for adults to enjoy too, as well as some very polished choreography during the big dance numbers.

Eurovision and chart star Nicki French quite possibly steals the show as the wicked – but not too scary- Witch Van Rouge.

The larger-than-life Dame Ethel Eiffel – aka Benidorm’s Bobby Crush – is in towering form as the dame, with some wicked lines and audience engagement.

Comic Mick Dundee as Jean-Pierre keeps the laughs going with material suitable for every age group.

Queen's Theatre Barnstaple 2017 Christmas pantomime of Beauty and the Beast. Picture: Paul Clapp Queen's Theatre Barnstaple 2017 Christmas pantomime of Beauty and the Beast. Picture: Paul Clapp

Jamie Lambert launches into some show-stopping musical numbers as Prince Christophe and the Beast, while one to watch out for is Melissa Potts as Belle, who delivers some spell-binding musical moments.

For a beastly feast of panto fun, don’t miss Beauty and the Beast at the Queen’s Theatre. For ticket information visit www.thequeenstheatre.co.uk or call 01271 316063.

*The winner of our panto ticket competition is Hilary Draper from Barnstaple.

Andrew Edwards as ladies man Gaston in the Queen's Theatre Barnstaple 2017 Christmas pantomime of Beauty and the Beast. Picture: Paul Clapp Andrew Edwards as ladies man Gaston in the Queen's Theatre Barnstaple 2017 Christmas pantomime of Beauty and the Beast. Picture: Paul Clapp

Jamie Lambert as Prince Christophe and Nicki French as Witch Van Rouge in the Queen's Theatre Barnstaple pantomime of Beauty and the Beast. Picture: Paul Clapp Jamie Lambert as Prince Christophe and Nicki French as Witch Van Rouge in the Queen's Theatre Barnstaple pantomime of Beauty and the Beast. Picture: Paul Clapp

Melissa Potts as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Picture: Paul Clapp Melissa Potts as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Picture: Paul Clapp