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Weekend Picks: Beauty and the Beast

Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering: This weekend until January 2nd 2017

A fun-filled family event featuring a range of household names, set to get you in the mood for Christmas. The Kettering Lighthouse promises their production of Beauty and the Beast to be a 'rip roaring Beast of a Panto' adventure.

Join star of Eastenders, Cheryl Ferguson as she takes to the stage as Malevolent with the hilarious Potty Pierre played by Mark Pearce. They are joined by Lucie Downer as Beauty, Claire Rickard as Fairy Formidable and Kettering’s 'favourite' panto dame Michael Neilson playing Dame Dotty.

It follows the success of last year's Jack and the Beanstalk and promises you an epic Panto that will make your family Christmas complete - Oh yes it does! For performance times readmore.

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Weekend Picks: Grand Theatre Pantomime Exhibition

Wolverhampton: Saturday December 10th until January 22nd.

This weekend sees the opening of a new free exhibition celebrating the history of pantomime in the region, with a focus on its importance to many at Christmas time.

The event takes place at Wolverhampton's Light House Media Centre and coincides with the opening day of this seasons Aladdin production.

Visitors will get the chance to look at over 120 years of Grand Theatre pantomime history and a display of traditional costumes dating back to 1894.

Panto fans can take a stroll down the hand sewn magical patchwork carpet until January 22nd.

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Hasselhoff to star in Nottingham pantomime tonight

David Hasselhoff at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival Credit: Abd Rabbo Ammar/ABACA/Press Association Images

David Hasselhoff is taking to the stage for his first show in Nottingham tonight, as pantomime season gets underway in the city.

He is starring as Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Theatre Royal which opens tonight, but is best known for appearing in the hit show 'Baywatch', in the 1990s.

'The Hoff' helps launch Christmas panto in Nottingham

It may be half a year away, but today marks the launch of Nottingham's star-studded version of Peter Pan at the Theatre Royal this coming Christmas.

The city's very-own Su Pollard is playing the role of the Magical Mermaid when it opens in December.

Although unable to attend the launch, David Hasselhoff – who's playing Captain Hook – sent a message of his own.