SOUTHAMPTON Operatic Society are preparing to dazzle with the same set and costumes used by the professional companies for its own upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast.

The musical of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a faithful adaptation of the 1991 award-winning animated film of the same name. It features all the enchanted characters that have captivated the young and the young-at-heart ever since, including brawny but brainless Gaston and his simple sidekick LeFou, motherly Mrs Potts (a teapot), fussy old Cogsworth (a clock), the gallant Lumiere (a candlestick), flirty Babette (a feather duster) and the stately Madame de la Grande Bouche, a former opera singer now passing her time as a Wardrobe.

The production runs at The Nuffield from Tuesday to Saturday.

Call 023 8067 1771 or visit

n AHOY there, me hearties! Treasure Island the Panto is a marvellous re-telling of the children’s classic adventure novel but with all the fun of pantomime thrown in! There’s swashbuckling upon the high seas, treasure on a desert island, pirates and parakeets, a Dame with a vast behind and, of course, love and romance.

Join Bishopstoke Players for their charity show, with all proceeds going to Action for Children.

The show runs from Wednesday to Saturday at Bishopstoke Memorial Hall.

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n After rave reviews and terrific audience response, Fareham Musical Society are staging Fawlty Towers once again.

Curtain Call nominee Jonathan Redwood again takes the Basil Fawlty owned hotel into a string of catastrophes all with hilarious consequences and with the audience sitting at tables, Manuel will not be able to resist some high jinx during the interval!

Fawlty Towers continues at The Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth until tomorrow. Tickets are £10 or £18 including a two course meal. Call 023 9273 7370.

n THE next instalment of Blag It’s panto adventures takes to the stage at Southampton’s Talking Heads next week.

If you thought you knew all there was to know about nursery rhymes and fairy tales, think again. The Enchanted Woods is in peril. Developers are moving in, characters are being murdered and just how did the Ugly Sisters end up in Nursery Land?

Will Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks survive the night?

Will the Special Forces solve the mystery before it’s too late?

Or will Boy Blue and Prince Charming have to team up and save the day.

Find out with Nursery Crimes, from Wednesday to Saturday.