Can’t wait for Christmas? Don’t worry. An Easter production, Beauty and the Beast is coming to the Brindley Theatre, Runcorn on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 April – starring TV favourites Keith Chegwin and foxy icon Basil Brush.

TV legend Keith Chegwin will reprise the role he created last Easter as he stars as ‘Jolly King Cheggers’, protecting his Kingdom of Ooh La La against the threat of the ferocious Beast and the Beast’s silly sidekick played by national treasure Basil Brush.

Living in the Kingdom are X-Factor’s Stevi Ritchie’s Wally and Milkshake children’s presenter Olivia Birchenough’s Belle.

Completing the cast is ex-Coronation Street thespScott Wright as the Beast, Quinn Patrick as Dame Dolly, Amy Forrest as the enchanting Fairy Tale and Michael Winsor as Claude. Juvenile dancers will be provided by local performing arts schools. All accompanied by our fantastic live musicians.

Belle lives a provincial life with her father Claude and her friends Wally and his mother Dame Dolly. When Claude gets held captive by the Beast, Belle agrees to trade places with him. Cue fun, frolics and madcap mayhem as Wally, Dolly and the King set out on a rescue mission aided by the mysterious narrator Fairy Tale.

Audiences can expect two and a half hours of toe-tapping song and dance, stunning costumes and fantastic sets with special effects all wrapped up in a hilarious laugh-a-minute script.

Producer Anton Benson said “A panto is for life and not just for Christmas. Our regulars love our annual Christmas shows and given how much of a hit our production of Beauty was with audiences last Easter we are delighted to be bringing it to further venues the year.”

The show times are 2pm & 7pm on Tuesday 2 April and 2pm on Wednesday 3 April. Tickets are £14, £12, £44 (2 adults, 2 children) and £36 (family of 3) from www.thebrindley.org.uk and the box office on 0151 907 8360.