'Beauty and the Beast' has been announced as this year's Harpenden pantomime.

According to the Eric Morecambe Centre's management Everyone Active, last year's show 'Cinderella' was the most successful pantomime ever to be staged in the town.


Nearly 10,000 customers attended last year's pantomime, which ran for three weeks in December.

This year's show is already being planned, with 'Beauty and the Beast' running from December 9 to December 30, 2023.

A spokesperson for Everyone Active said: "This spellbinding show features spectacular scenery, glittering costumes, amazing special effects, plenty of audience participation and a special appearance from Harpenden’s panto pooch!

"When the Prince is cursed to live as a Beast in his magical castle his only hope is to find true love before the last petal falls.

"Will the beautiful Belle be the chance he has been waiting for?

"Will French Franc be able to save the day from the evil Grimalkin and will Dame Dolly Doughnut finally find her new husband?"

Everyone Active's theatre contracts manager added: "We are thrilled that Polka Dot pantomimes are going from strength to strength in Harpenden. 

"Everyone Active are delighted at the increased number of people in the District that have been able to enjoy Cinderella.

"We will continue to work in partnership with Polka Dot Pantomimes in order to welcome our patrons back later this year to present Beauty and the Beast at the Eric Morecambe Centre."

Tickets can be purchased via the Eric Morecambe Centre website (www.the-emc.co.uk), or by calling the box office on 01582 767525.