Panto time comes to Brussels! – Brussels In View


Published on December 12th, 2019 | by James Drew


Panto time comes to Brussels!

It’s Christmas so that must mean one thing: it is panto time! Audiences will have to wait a bit longer here than in the UK to catch this year’s annual offering – Beauty and the Beast at Auderghem Cultural Centre, writes Martin Banks.

But the show is well worth waiting for.

It tells the story of Prince Charleroi and a cast of characters, some named after Belgian towns.

When the Prince refuses the unwanted advances of evil Fairy Villanelle, she casts a spell on his castle, turning him into the terrifying Beast and his servants into clocks, candlesticks and cutlery.

He must find true love before the last petal falls from one of the roses in the castle garden or stay forever as the Beast.

Come along on this extravagant adventure and meet a host of fabulous characters, such as Dame Blanche and her son, the vain Jean-Claude Van Tastique, Belle’s brother Clumsy Clarence and their two inexplicably Belgian sisters Stephanie and Louiza…

Expect fairies, feather dusters, cakes and cream, suits of armour, spectacular song and dance routines, and loads of superbly bad jokes. Enjoy a fresh spin on the classic tale, written and directed by Kate Goddard and Chris Jones.

When:  Friday 17 January 2020 (20:00), Saturday 18 January 2020 (13.30 & 17:00), Sunday 19 January 2020 (13.30 & 17:00)

Where: Auderghem Cultural Centre, Boulevard du Souverain 183 Vorstlaan, 1160 Brussels

Tickets: €16 for adults and €12 for children here.

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