December shows all on the verge of sell-out!

This year’s Harrogate panto is Beauty and the Beast and the adventure promises to be super magical as we take a trip to France. Join us as we follow enchanting Belle and the troubled Beast – a prince who has been placed under and evil spell for a hundred years. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved in return, then the spell will be broken and he will return to his true self….. but time is running out!

As ever it’s about fun for all the family and absolutely everyone has a great time from age 3 to 103. Packed with much-loved characters, this spellbinding tale combines the jokes, magic and sparkle that makes Harrogate’s own pantomime a festive family favourite.

The superb calibre cast for this year includes the brilliant Maisey Bawden, playing the role of Belle and making her debut at Harrogate Theatre. Maisey has recently finished performing in 35MM at The Other Palace and in The Tempest as Adriana at Stratford Gatehouse Theatre.

Talented Tom Bainbridge will play The Beast, having recently finished the storming UK tour of Billy Elliot The Musical. Our extravagant Dame is Pam au Chocolat will be expertly played by Phil Stewart – another Harrogate pantomime frequenter.

We are delighted to once again welcome back audience favourite Tim Stedman as Muddles for his incredible 18th pantomime in Harrogate. What would the Harrogate pantomime be without Mr Stedman?

The role of Baron Bon Bon will be played by the one and only Ross Waiton. Waiton gets to reunite with Stewart from their time together in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

Katy Dean returns again, this time to play baddie Mona Lisa. Dean has performed in several Harrogate pantomimes over the years as both a baddies and goodies, including a stint as Queen Rat in last year’s Dick Whittington and Belle in the last Beauty and the Beast 6 years ago.

Dean is looking forward to hitting the stage again: “It’s such a good job. Seeing the look on the children’s faces when they are watching the show is very fulfilling.”

However, she’s not so much looking forward to the inevitable tiredness: “In the run up to Christmas we do a two week stint with two shows a day. By the time Christmas Day comes you’re exhausted. I once fell asleep at the dinner table at my brother’s on Christmas Day!”

Once again this year's talented dancers come from a range of local dance and secondary schools, with seven of the twelve dancers for 2017/18 being students at St Aiden's CE High School in Harrogate. We are proud to be able to offer this opportunity to young people across the community each year. 

Behind the scenes David Bown & Phil Lowe are the scriptwriters and Lowe is also Director again this year; Nick Lacey returns as Musical Director, Sophie Zealand is our Choreographer, Richard Foxton is Set and Costume Designer, and Alexandra Stafford is Lighting Designer.

2017 marks Lowe’s eleventh year as Director of panto and ninth year as co-writer with Bown.

Lowe adds "Last year's panto – Dick Whittington – was a record breaker, ending its run as the largest grossing show in Harrogate Theatre's history! It's hard to know how we follow that, but we will certainly do our very best. We've got a first class cast again this year – some new faces and some familiar ones – and we are busy perfecting some special effects and the intricate details that give Harrogate's pantomime its unique magic. We can't wait to show you what's up our sleeves for this year, and here's to another great and memorable festive season across the town."  

Beauty and the Beast opens on Wednesday 6th December and runs until 21st January. There is now very limited availability for all December performances. Book online at or at Box Office on 01423 502116.