First in-house panto for Lighthouse

POOLE’s Lighthouse arts centre will have its first ever in-house pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, from Thursday 9th to Friday 31st December.

Beauty and the Beast features a cast headed by long-time Lighthouse friend Chris Jarvis and Michelle Collins, star of EastEnders and Coronation Street, who will be playing the glamorous wicked fairy Nightshade (pictured).

“I didn’t do panto last year because of the pandemic, but Chris and I were together in Swindon the year before and we talked about working together again so this is the first opportunity we’ve had, and I jumped at the chance,” says Michelle.

The cast also features Wade Lewin (Beast/Prince), whose credits include Bridgerton, the 2019 Disney film adaptation of Aladdin and the West End production of The Lion King, and Poole-born Ross Ericson (Belle’s father Marzipan), an actor-director-producer with a wealth of credits who’s looking forward to appearing in his first-ever panto.

The emerging talents of Alice Rose Fletcher (Belle), Tom Mann (Cupid) and Georgia Grant-Anderson (Belle’s sister Soufflé) complete the line-up.