TV and stage star Ben in Beauty and the Beast cast

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TELE­VI­SION and stage star Ben Richards has joined the line-up of this year’s forth­com­ing The­atre Royal Not­ting­ham fam­ily pan­tomime, Beauty and the Beast, which be­gins Satur­day, De­cem­ber 9.

Ben will re­turn to Not­ting­ham this fes­tive sea­son in this year’s pro­duc­tion packed full of laugh­ter, mu­sic, spe­cial ef­fects, and plenty of au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Af­ter ris­ing to fame on the ITV drama Foot­ballers’ Wives, Ben went on to se­cure high-pro­file tele­vi­sion roles in Holby City, The Bill, Doc­tors, and Hol­lyoaks; and ap­peared in the fea­ture films Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis op­po­site Jane Hor­rocks and the late Rik Mayal, and Julie and the Cadil­lacs. No stranger to the stage, Ben has ap­peared in the­atres across the UK and the West End with lead­ing roles in Grease, Satur­day Night Fever, The Full Monty, and Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors.

Fur­ther stage roles in­clude Guys and Dolls op­po­site Mi­ami Vice star Don John­son; the role of Tick in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the Palace The­atre Lon­don; Bill Sykes in Oliver! at the Sh­effield Cru­cible; and UK tours of Dolly Par­ton’s mu­si­cal 9 to 5 and Rock of Ages, both of which played at the The­atre Royal Not­ting­ham. Most re­cently Ben starred as the tit­u­lar char­ac­ter in The Body­guard op­po­site Bev­er­ley Knight at the Do­min­ion The­atre, Lon­don, which broke Box Of­fice at­ten­dance records.

Ben will play the Beast op­po­site the pre­vi­ously an­nounced Not­ting­ham-na­tive Sher­rie Hew­son as Mrs Potty and re­turn­ing panto favourites Ben Nick­less and An­drew Ryan, who also di­rects. This year’s pan­tomime is once again pro­duced by Qdos En­ter­tain­ment, the world’s big­gest pan­tomime pro­ducer, and car­ries the hall­mark of fes­tive fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment Not­ting­ham au­di­ences have come to ex­pect, in­clud­ing fan­tas­tic spe­cial ef­fects, hi­lar­i­ous com­edy rou­tines, and plenty of panto magic.

Beauty and the Beast ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Jonathan Ki­ley said: “I’m thrilled that Ben will star as the Beast in this year’s pan­tomime along­side the fab­u­lous Sher­rie, Ben, and An­drew. Not only is Ben a won­der­ful ac­tor, he has a stun­ning singing voice and fan­tas­tic stage pres­ence; the per­fect lead­ing man for this year’s pro­duc­tion. This year’s show is go­ing to be yet an­other un­miss­able pan­tomime so au­di­ences should book their tick­ets now.”

Dream­ing of a hap­pier life, the beau­ti­ful Belle finds her­self trans­ported to a cursed cas­tle held cap­tive by a hideous beast. Can Belle see be­yond the mon­ster and fall in love with her cap­tor be­fore the last pe­tal falls from the en­chanted rose, or will the Beast’s self­ish­ness cost him the world he once knew and the hand of the girl that has melted his heart? In a pro­duc­tion packed full of sen­sa­tional spe­cial ef­fects, beau­ti­ful cos­tumes, mu­sic, com­edy, danc­ing, and au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion; Not­ting­ham au­di­ences should book their tick­ets now for this year’s spell-bind­ing pan­tomime.

Some more of the cast of Beauty and the Beast.

Ben Richards.

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