Review: RocknRoll Panto – Beauty & the Beast

There’s nothing better to get you in the festive mood than the New Wolsey Theatre’s Rock ’n’ Roll panto.
This year the attention is turned to the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, and sprinkled with the festive magic that we have come to expect from the Wolsey, makes for a fabulous show.

Prince Promising is about to find his bride and become king, however his plans are suddenly halted when a wicked witch shows up and puts a curse on the handsome prince turning him into an ugly beast. The only way to free him from this evil spell is to find a beautiful girl to become his bride.

Matt-Jopling-as-Desperate-Dan-and-Lucy-Wells-as-Beauty.-Photo-Mike-KwasniakMeanwhile down on Dame Bessie’s Suffolk Farm, things are not running very smoothly. Down on his luck, Sir Peacock Beauregarde and his three daughters have moved in, and while his youngest child Beauty is happy to muck in and do her bit to help farm hand Desperate Dan, her two elder sisters, Luxury and Vanity are much more interested in their designer wardrobe and hair styles.

Will the Beast find his Beauty? And will Dame Bessie find a man? Only time will tell as Fairy Fortunate guides us through this tale of true love and adventure.

With some fantastic musical numbers and fast paced action Beauty and the Beast is brilliant from the start. The talented actor musicians are fantastically cast making for a very enjoyable evening out.

Jam packed with music and laughter, some great dance routines, fabulous costumes, and a sprinkling of fairy magic, Beauty and the Beast is a must see production.

Christmas isn’t Christmas without the fantastic Wolsey Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto and this year’s show certainly doesn’t disappoint. To book tickets for this amazing show, which runs until Saturday 31st January, visit or contact the Box Office on 01473 295900.

Wendy Cook, Ipswich24
Pictures: Mike Kwasniak

See a sneak preview below: