Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast Web
Shelby Nick Dale ASH and Jaimie
Alexandra Barredo Daniel Jagusz Holley
Sasha Latoya
Panto Chorus 2
Dale Superville Antony Stuart Hicks
Jaimie Pruden
Daniel Jagusz Holley
Alexandra Barredo Panto Chorus
Nick Brittain
Donnacadh OBriain Sasha Latoya
Panto Chorus 1
Alexandra Barredo Beauty and the Beast Mercury Photo by Pamela Raith
Dale Superville Antony Stuart Hicks 1
Show Information
Showing on:
Sun 15 January 2023
Approx. 2hr 45mins, incl. interval
Age Guidance:

Join us this Christmas for our magical Mercury panto, Beauty and the Beast!

It’s a tale as old as time and a panto that will be unmissable for the whole family. Discover what it takes for true love to conquer all and whether love is all you really need?

The mysterious Beast imprisons Beauty in his enchanted castle. Can she escape with the help of her family and melt the Beast’s icy heart before it’s too late? Will Cupid’s plan work before the last rose petal falls?

Leading our talented cast in this delicious treat are pantomime royalty, Antony Stuart-Hicks and Dale Superville. Written by Andrew Pollard (Aladdin, Cinderella) and directed by the Olivier award-winning Donnacadh O’Briain.

Come to Colchester this Christmas and fall in love all over again!

Content Warning/Accessibility

Please be aware this show contains flashing lights and loud music. If you’d prefer to attend a relaxed performance (where lighting and sound effects will be dampened) we have two scheduled: Tue 13 Dec at 10.15am and Sun 8 Jan at 12pm.

We also offer a BSL performance on Fri 9 Dec, 7pm and Sun 8 Jan, 12pm; a captioned performance on Fri 6 Jan, 7pm; and an audio described performance (with touch tour) on Sat 7 Jan, 12pm.

If a relaxed performance is required, you can read our social story below (please be aware that this contains spoilers)

Social Story

Booster Seats

Need a little lift to get the best view? Booster seats are available at the door to the theatre. Pick one up on your way in!

Panto Shout-Out/Birthday Book

If you’d like our cast to say Happy Birthday or give a shout out to a member of your party during the show, please just fill in our handy form at the link below.

Please note, we wish we could use every message we receive, but sadly that’s never possible – we can’t offer any guarantee that your birthday or shout out will be used in the show.

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Booking for a school?

We can’t wait to welcome schools back to the marvellous Mercury pantomime this festive season!

Early bird tickets for schools are £11.50 (including levy) and for every 10 tickets you buy the 11th is free for a teacher or member of support staff. To secure your tickets at this exclusive price you need to pay for your order by the end of the Summer term (July 2022).

You can book today (and even pre-order your ice cream) by filling in our form or by calling our customer experience team on 01206 573948. Please be aware the form will ask you for your first and second choice performances dates and times, so please do have a look through the performance schedule below before heading over to the form.

Schools Order Form
Beauty and the Beast education pack for schools

Schools Workshop

Make your school’s visit to the Mercury panto even more enriching with our fun workshop exploring character archetypes, fairy tales and conventional storylines. This practical storytelling workshop is the perfect Christmas treat for a class-sized group before or after they’ve seen the show.

The workshop can take place either in school or at the theatre and we can adjust the duration to fit with your lesson timetable.

For: Key Stage 1+
Cost: £150 +VAT

Find out more here and contact our Box Office to book.


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Antony Stuart-Hicks headshot - a photo of Antony smiling, wearing a yellow jumper.

Antony Stuart-Hicks

Betty Bon Bon

Antony has recently celebrated 25 years in Show-Business and is delighted to be returning for his 7th pantomime season at the Mercury as Betty BonBon in Beauty & the Beast.

2022 brought exciting changes and Antony is currently Co-ordinator for the Mercury Theatre’s Mercury Creatives Mentoring Programme and recently became the Patron for Theatricool Performing Arts in Colchester and Trustee for Theatre in the Rough CIC. Antony has recently relocated to Colchester, full time and continues to provide freelance consultancy services to theatres, producers and creative organisations nationwide.

Producer credits include: Viva Burlesque! (Mercury Theatre Colchester); Rice & Peas (in association with Blouse & Skirt!); the inaugural tour of critically acclaimed play Absolute Certainty? (in association with Qweerdog); Death Drop (World Premiere, The Garrick Theatre, West End); Tonight at the London Coliseum (Streamed Concerts); Voice Box – Intimate Theatre, Direct to the Lens (Online Theatre Festival in association with At Swefn’s Edge & Harlow Playhouse); 40 Pantomimes (venues include: Chatham, Fareham, Liverpool, Southport, Halifax, Peterborough, Harlow, Barnstaple, Helston, Newark, York, Whitley Bay, Ipswich, Maidstone, Worthing and Salford); Peter Pan – A New Musical (International tour & Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne); Grease – The Musical (European tour); Secret Santa: The Frost Files (World Premiere – Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne); The Canterville Ghost (International tour); Rapunzel (UK tour); Romeo & Juliet (International tour); Robin Hood (International tour); The Hound of the Baskervilles (UK tour); Alice in Wonderland (UK tour); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (International tour); Hamlet (European tour); Alice in Wonderland (European tour); The Wizard of Oz (UK tour); The Lost Dragon (Harlow Playhouse); King Arthur’s Kitchen (USA tour); 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Harlow Playhouse/UK tour); Judy & Liza (UK tour); The Snow  Queen (UK tour); The Ugly Duckling (UK tour); Treasure Island (UK tour); Barry Manilow’s Copacabana (Harlow Playhouse/UK tour); Peter Pan – A Rock Musical (European tour); Boris & Ingrid (UK & International tour in association with Mercury Theatre Colchester); An  Ideal Husband (European tour); Pride & Prejudice (European tour); The Wizard of Oz (European tour); The Shakespeare Review (Litchfield Garrick) and Your Nation Loves You (Delirium/Old Vic).

Directorial credits include: Rapunzel (UK tour); Robin Hood (International tour); The Hound of the Baskervilles (UK tour); What Are They Like? (Warwick Arts Centre); Pride & Prejudice (European tour); Snoopy – The Musical, Avenue Q and Me & My Girl  (Jersey Opera House); Cinderella (Harlow Playhouse); Peter Pan – A New Musical (International tour); The Lost Dragon (Harlow Playhouse); Cinderella (York Barbican); Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations (Jersey Arts Centre); Accidents Happen (Tristan Bates, London); Stage by Stage (UK tour); Grimm Tales (Jersey Arts Centre); Divas (UK tour); Macbeth (Regional tour) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Unity Theatre, Liverpool).

Theatre includes: Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles; The Knight of Biscay in Don Quixote; George in His Fragile Mind; Terisius in Antigone; George in Stop Giving Me Grief; Malvolio in Twelfth Night; Demetrius/Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Cardinal  Richelieu in The Three Musketeers; Stuart in Gosforth’s Fete; Giovanni in Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!; Graham in Fine Wine & Pringles at the Café Belgrade; Macbeth in Macbeth; Hugo in No Horizon; Scrooge in A Christmas Carol; Meg Long in Our Country’s Good; Ratty in The Wind in the Willows and Saturninus in Titus Andronicus.

Television & Film includes: The Legacy (Suffolk Mind); The Undateables Christmas Special (Channel 4); Strictly Come Dancing – Christmas Special (BBC); Brookside (Mersey TV); Liverpool One (Lime Productions); And the Beat Goes On (Channel 4); David Copperfield  (BBC Films); The Bill (Talkback Thames); In His Life (MBC); Midsomer Murders (Bentley Productions) and Fan & Friend (ITV).

Musical Theatre Includes: Professor Callaghan in Legally Blonde (Jersey Opera House); Edna Turnblad in Hairspray (Dubai); Roscoe in Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Criterion, West End); Dr. Frederick Chilton in Silence! The Musical (European Premiere); Friar Lawrence in Romeo & Juliet The Musical (UK tour); Polonius in Hamlet (UK & International tour); Gonzalo in The Tempest (UK & International tour); Quince/Egeus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UK & International tour); Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland; Caspius in The Wizard of Oz ~ Beyond the Rainbow (UK Tour); Kaa the Snake in The Jungle Book; King Midas in Myth & Legend; Reverend Barker in The Retribution and Fagin in Oliver!.

Audio recordings include: Dr Who – ‘Cold Vengeance’ The Tenth Doctor Series (Big Finish).


Writing credits: Pantomime adaptations of Cinderella; Aladdin; Snow White; The Snow Queen; Treasure Island; Robin Hood; Rapunzel; Peter Pan; Dick Whittington; Sleeping Beauty; Alice in Wonderland; a dramatic adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles; world premiere production of Secret Santa: The Frost Files. Dramatic adaptations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Romeo & Juliet; The Canterville Ghost; Pride & Prejudice and  An Ideal Husband (International touring – English speaking). Antony has also adapted J M  Barrie’s Peter Pan into a new musical for international tour.

Pantomime at Mercury Theatre: Yootha Twankey in Aladdin; Kylie Hard-Up in Cinderella (Winner of 2020 Best Ugly Sisters – Great British Pantomime Awards); Dotty Trott in Jack & the Beanstalk; Nurse Nellie in Snow White (Nominated for Best Dame – Great British Pantomime Awards); Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington and Widow Twankey in Aladdin.

Other Pantomime credits: Ugly Sister in Cinderella (Southport Arts Centre, Crosby Civic Hall, Rhyl Pavilion Theatre, Royal Court Liverpool, Victoria Theatre Halifax, Hazlitt Theatre Maidstone, The Cresset Peterborough, Camberley Arts Theatre, Central Theatre Chatham, Queen’s Theatre Barnstaple, Harlow Playhouse); Dolly Mixture in Snow White (Royal Court Liverpool, Central Theatre Chatham); Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington (Royal Court Liverpool); Nurse in Sleeping Beauty (Queen’s Theatre Barnstaple) and Widow Twankey in Aladdin (Neptune Theatre Liverpool, Queen’s Theatre Barnstaple, The Palace Theatre, Newark).

Instagram: @antonystuarthicks | Twitter: @antonystuarthi1

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Dale Superville


Dale trained at Mountview Theatre School.

Theatre credits include: Humphrey the Camel in Aladdin (Mercury Theatre); The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (The Minack Theatre, Cornwall); Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland (APL Theatre); Patsy in Spamalot, Idle Jack in Dick Whittington, Wishee Washee in Aladdin, Centipede in James and the Giant Peach, Toad in Wind in the Willows, Muddles in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Day-Z in Jack and the Beanstalk, Miley in Cinderella, Sir Percy Porter in Habeas Corpus, Buttons in Cinderella, Tony Lumpkin in She Stoops To Conquer, Oh What A Lovely War and Dick Whittington (Mercury Theatre Colchester); Scarecrow in OZ (APL Theatre); Forever Young and Grandpa In My Pocket (Nottingham Playhouse/UK tour); Absent Friends, Dick Whittington, Wishee Washee in Aladdin & Fruitella in Cinderella (Watford Palace Theatre); Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter in Romeo and Juliet and Pinocchio (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Ariel in the UK tour of Return to the Forbidden Planet (Basingstoke Haymarket); George in The Knight Of The Burning Pestle (Mercury Theatre Colchester/Barbican Theatre); Toad in The Wind In The Willows (Oldham Coliseum); Simply Heavenly (Ambassador Theatre Group and Young Vic); Rumplestilskin (Unicorn Theatre); Epsom Downs (Nuffield Theatre); Doc Faust (Forest Forge); Mother Goose and Cinderella (Salisbury Playhouse); Tom’s Midnight Garden (London and New York); Big Nose (Coventry Belgrade Theatre); Having A Ball, Fings Ain’t What They Used T’be and Of Mice and Men (Queens Theatre Hornchurch); Jungle Book (Redgrave Theatre, Farnham); Aladdin (Salisbury Theatre); Alice in Wonderland, Puss-In-Boots, The Last Noo – Noo, Stardog, Charlotte’s Web and The Patchwork Quilt (Polka Theatre); Babies (Palace Theatre, Westcliff); You’re Thinking About Doughnuts (Nottingham Playhouse); A Song from the Sea (Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich) and A Lesson To Forgive (The Man in the Moon).

Television Credits: Way to Go (BBC3); Nuzzle and Scratch (CBBC); Tick Tock (Disney); The World at Their Feet (Disney Channel); Bill’s New Frock (CH4) and Rainbow Days (ITV).

Voice Over credits: Tony. Big Finish, BBC Doctor Who, The Diary Of River Song”. Terror of The Suburbs. CH5 Mimis World” Voice of Sausage.

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Alexandra Barredo


Alex has just graduated from Emil Dale Academy, receiving a first-class honours in musical theatre. Hailing from Essex she has previously appeared as Juliet in the Chelmsford Civic’s production of Romeo and Juliet and has also worked abroad for Repertory Philippines. She is thrilled to be making her panto debut and hopes you enjoy the show!

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Daniel Jagusz-Holley

Prince Friedrich/Beast

Daniel trained at the Italia Conti Academy, toured Europe with The 12 Tenors and also sang with The Kingdom Tenors (Britain’s Got Talent Semi Finalists). He spent two years in the musical Starlight Express (Bochum) where his roles included Bobo, Rusty and Dustin.

Other roles include Tobias in Sweeney Todd and the Witch in Hansel and Gretel (Longborough Festival Opera). He has appeared as guest soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra both at the Royal Albert Hall and in Dubai. He will be singing with them again this autumn. He also played Frankie Epps in Parade (London Theatre Workshop) and was part of the original cast recordings of Ivanhoe The Musical and The Clockmaker’s Daughter.

Daniel is thrilled to be performing at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester.


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Sasha Latoya


Sasha Latoya studied at Bath Spa University and The New York Film Academy, graduating from her BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre in 2012.

Stage credits include: Yesterday – A Tribute to the Beatles (European tour, 2012); RENT (Greenwich Theatre/Tabard, London, 2012/2013); Page to Stage (Landor Theatre, London, 2014); Accidental Song (Canal Café Theatre, London); Fairy Queen in Claus The Musical (Landor Theatre, London, 2014); Voices&Lyrics (Octagon Theatre, Manchester, 2014); National tour with The HoneyBuns (Spirit Productions, Britain’s Got Talent – Semi-finalist, 2015); Fairy Honeybun in Sleeping Beauty (South Wales tour, 2015/2016); Little Shop of Horrors (UK tour); Flashdance (UK/International tour); Buddy – The Story of Buddy Holly (2019); Aladdin (Mercury Theatre, 2021/2022) and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (UK tour, 2022).

TV & Film credits include: Unbreakable (2021); Stop The Show (2021); Banglatown (2021); Peter Pan (2021); Highways (2022) and The B@it seasons 2-5 (2019-2022)

Sasha is absolutely thrilled to be back at The Mercury Theatre for Beauty and the Beast this Christmas!

Twitter/Instagram – @TheSashaLatoya

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Jaimie Pruden


Credits include: u/s Sheryl & Resident Director in Little Miss Sunshine (UK tour); u/s Jenny & Susan in Company (Gielgud Theatre, West End); Lily in The Secret Garden (Barn Theatre, Cirencester); Mary Poppins in Disney’s Believe (Disney Cruise Lines) and Jane Fairfax in Emma (Nebraska Repertory Theatre).

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Shelby Speed


Training: Laine Theatre Arts.

Theatre credits include: Here Comes Santa Claus (New Wimbledon Theatre Studio); Aladdin (Towngate Theatre, Basildon); Gigi & Fantastic Mr Fox (Open Air Theatre, Regents Park); Grease (Goodwood) and Singin’ in the Rain (Adelphi Theatre/Showtime Challenge).

Cruise credits include: P&O Cruise Liners, Australia (Grayboy Entertainment).

TV credits include: The X Factor (ITV).

Nick Brittain


Training: London School of Musical Theatre.

Theatre credits include:  Dance Captain/Ensemble/cover Sid & Bertie in Rapunzel (South Mill Arts/UK tour); Charles in Me and My Girl (Frinton Summer Season); Alex in The Crumple Zone (The King’s Head); Boy/Thing 2 in Cat in the Hat (Turbine Theatre/Edinburgh Pleasance); Phil in Skin Deep (Edinburgh Gilded Balloon/UK Tour); Dance Captain and PC Ping in Aladdin (Lowestoft, PHA); Tom in The Hired Man (Union Theatre) and Monsieur Gaston in the UK premiere of Hotel for Criminals (New Wimbledon Theatre Studio).

Nick also performs as a guest entertainer with The Jersey Knights and West End Misfits.


Writer – Andrew Pollard
Director – Donnacadh O’Briain
Designer – Jasmine Swan
Lighting Designer – Ben Ormerod
Sound Designer – Beth Duke
Musical Director – Paul Herbert
Choreographer – Simon Hardwick
Magic Consultant – Michael J. Fitch
Casting Directors – Jenkins McShane Casting CDG
Assistant Director – Emmy Briggs*

*6 month placement through the Birkbeck, University of London Director’s Scheme

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