CAN’T wait for Christmas? Beauty and the Beast panto is coming to Redditch later this month, starring household favourite Kerry Katona.

The Former Atomic Kitten star, and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here winner, stars as the Atomic Fairy.

Kerry will be joined by long-serving Eastenders and Hollyoaks cast member Gemma Bissix as her sparring partner, the evil Enchantress.

National Treasure Basil Brush will play sidekick to the Beast and X-Factor finalist turned CBBC’s Got What It Takes presenter Lauren Platt will play Belle.

Completing the cast are returning Easter panto favourites Ryan Greaves as Wally and Phylip Harries as the Dame Dolly, plus Karl Greenwood as the Beast and Michael Winsor as Claude.

Producer of the show, at the Palace Theatre, Anton Benson, said “A panto is for life and not just for Christmas.

"The regulars at our home venues love our annual Christmas shows and given how much of a hit our previous Easter panto tours have been, we are delighted to be back out on the road with this hilarious Easter production.”

Belle lives a quiet provincial life in the village of Ooh La La until her father accidentally stumbles across a terrifying Beast and she is taken captive.

Now it is up to the Atomic Fairy, the village idiot Wally and his mother Dame Dolly to pit their wits against the evil Enchantress and rescue Belle from the Beast…

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

Beauty And The Beast is on Saturday, April 27 at 2pm and then 6pm.

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