"It’s a wonderful, magical, explosion of festive fun that cannot fail to put a smile on your face and a warm, fuzzy feeling in your heart." Leicester Mercury

After breaking box office records last year, the De Montfort Hall pantomime returns with the spectacular family show Beauty and the Beast.

Richard ‘Dick’ McCourt of children’s TV’s Dick and Dom fame will star alongside the star of ITV’s Heartbeat, David Lonsdale and Leicester’s very own singing sensation Sam Bailey; who returns for a second year. Also returning again is everyone’s favourite pantomime dame, Martin Ballard, from BBC Radio Leicester.

Beauty will be played by Sarah Accomando - returning to the hall after a fantastic run playing Snow White in 2015. Karl Loxley - former contestant on BBC TV's The Voice and The Prince from 2015's Snow White - will be coming back to the hall as The Beast.

Children’s television star Richard McCourt has been part of the BAFTA Award winning duo Dick and Dom for twenty years and has appeared in some of the most popular shows in CBBC history including Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow, The Legend of Dick and Dom and Absolute Genius amongst others.

David Lonsdale is an accomplished singer and theatre actor but is probably best known for his TV work in the role of David Stockwell in the long running TV series Heartbeat and as a teenage Peter Barlow in Coronation Street.

Leicester’s Sam Bailey shot to fame in 2013 when she won X-Factor and proceeded to have a Christmas number one as well as a number one album. Since then Sam has gone from strength to strength, releasing her second album in 2016 as well as touring as Mama Morton in Chicago and this year sees her touring the UK in her Sing My Heart Out tour.

Sam said “I’m so excited to be back on home turf at De Montfort Hall again this year. I absolutely love Beauty and the Beast too so it’s a double bonus for me. I had a great time last year and I can’t wait to see everyone again this Christmas”.

No Leicester panto would be complete without BBC Leicester broadcaster Martin Ballard who’s donning the dame’s frock once again, as he returns for his seventh pantomime season at De Montfort Hall.

"I was struck at just how fantastic the whole production was, world class performances, music and choreography coupled with comic genius meant that both the adults and children were entertained from start to finish." We Travel In Threes

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