A STAPLE of the festive calendar is taking shape at one of North Wales' favourite theatres. Oh yes it is!

The Theatr Clwyd pantomime cast and creative team have landed in the building, ready to start rehearsals for the long-awaited Rock and Roll Panto Beauty and The Beast, written by panto legend Christian Patterson.

Following the cancellation of the live show in 2020, Theatr Clwyd dazzled audiences with a live streamed performance of The Panto That Nearly Never Was.

This very special production was not only available for personal viewing but was also available to view in care homes, foster homes, and hospitals throughout the region.

This year the team is back with a bang, promising more laughter and rock and roll than ever before.

Directing again this year is Theatr Clwyd's very own artistic director Tamara Harvey, straight off the back of world premier Isla by Tim Price, which runs until November 6, and Curtain Up, which featured 15 plays by local writers.

Taking to the stage this year is panto dame favourite Phylip Harries (Nanna Nerys from Nercwys) alongside Alice McKenna (Morgiana the Witch), Daniel Lloyd (Willy), Ben Locke (Barry Island /Laughing Cavalier), Wesley Charles (Beast aka Daniel DeRuff), Luke Thornton (Bob/Hewolf), Lynwen Haf Roberts (Nessa/Mona Lisa), Maya Manuel (Fairy Clogau), Izzy Neish (Old Belle/Belle) and Seren Sandham-Davies (Stacey/Shewolf).

As ever the production will be created entirely in-house, with sets and costumes being made on-site at the venue.

Beauty and The Beast can be seen at Theatr Clwyd (Anthony Hopkins Theatre) from Friday, November 19, 2021 until Saturday, January 15 2022.

Tickets from £15 are available from the Theatr Clwyd box office on 01352 344101 or at www.theatrclwyd.com