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Beauty and the Beast will be at Ferneham Hall this Christmas. Left to right. Ian Watkins, Samantha Hughes, Chris Casserly, Zoe Nicole Adkins and Steven Pinder.
Beauty and the Beast will be at Ferneham Hall this Christmas. Left to right. Ian Watkins, Samantha Hughes, Chris Casserly, Zoe Nicole Adkins and Steven Pinder.
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With the Kings Theatre’s production of Cinderella having started on Wednesday, and the Mayflower Theatre’s Peter Pan kicking off today, Ferneham Hall in Fareham isn’t being left far behind, with its Christmas show – Beauty And The Beast – having its first opening this evening.

As Ferneham Hall gets ready to perform the classic tale of love, there’s lots of different shows to get you warmed up for the festive period.

There’s lots of interest surrounding the production, mainly because of a certain popstars return to the limelight after the well-publicised reunion of Nineties pop group, Steps.

But H isn’t the only star who will have you shouting ‘Oh no he didn’t!’ Brookside actor Steven Pinder will be playing Beauty’s father, Jean Jacques.

Perhaps best-known for his role of Max Farnham in Channel 4 soap Brookside, for which he won a Best Television Actor award, he has also played panto baddie Captain Hook in Peter Pan and the other end of the panto spectrum starred as Prince Charming in Cinderella.

Steven is a TV regular, with stints on Holby City, The Bill, Emmerdale, Casualty and Doctors as well as taking part in Celebrity Mastermind.

He’s looking forward to his performance in the pantomime.

Steven, speaking previously to The News, says: ‘It’s hard work doing two or three shows a day in the winter, but you still enjoy it. That’s the most important thing.

‘I do have family back home but I imagine they will come down and see it at some point.’

Based on the 1991 Disney film of the same name, Beauty And The Beast follows a prince who is turned into a beast, after showing that he is uncaring and judgemental. The only way he can break the spell is by showing that he loves someone, and they love him in return.

Years later a young woman, Belle, arrives in the town, and wishes for something more in her life. That is until she stumbles on a menacing castle while looking for her father.

With Ferneham Hall working with Jordan Productions, a spell needs breaking before the final petal falls.

Tickets cost £11 to £15.75 from Ferneham Hall, Fareham on (01329) 231942 or go to fernehamhall.co.uk.