Be our guest… Beauty and the Beast is coming to Paisley.
This Christmas, PACE Theatre Company is delighted to announce the return of its annual pantomime with festive favourite Beauty and the Beast.
A seasonal treat for adults and children alike, this retelling of the classic tale will run from Thursday 30 November to Sunday 31 December.
This year’s family panto will take place in The Art Department, in The Paisley Centre (formerly Allders Store/Co-op). The Panto will be performed in a fully equipped, pop-up theatre on the third floor. And it will be a unique and immersive experience from beginning to end.
Cast and crew
Heading up a stellar ensemble cast as comedy duo Betty Bouquet and Arty Fartypants are Chris Alexander and Alan Orr. Chris Alexander has been making people laugh with PACE since 2017. Alan Orr has turned in comic performances both in Paisley and Dunfermline for many years.
Also appearing in this year’s professional cast are Danny Heron as Mayoress/Witch. And in the eponymous roles; Tommy McGowan as the Beast and Katie Weir as Bonnie.
PACE is pleased to welcome back Andy McGregor as writer and director for this year’s production. Andy is a playwright, director and composer who is particularly known for his work for family audiences. He also produced recent hit productions Crocodile Rock and A New Life (Oran Mor and tour) and Spuds (in association with Beacon Arts Centre). Futhermore, he has previously written several pantos for PACE. Including The Snow Queen, Lost in Pantoland and 2022’s Cinderella.
Regular collaborator Fraser Lappin, will bring his inimitable flair to the set and costume design. He’s worked with PACE before on Cinderella, The Snow Queen and Jack in the Beanstalk.
The cast will be completed by four teams of young actors, handpicked from PACE’s core youth theatre groups. They’ll be enhancing the production with their boundless energy.
With a reputation for producing some of the best family pantomimes in Scotland, regularly playing to audiences of more than 10,000 during the festive season, PACE promises a show you will never forget.