Beauty & the Beast

Until Sun 31 Dec 2017

Location: Derby Arena

Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes - approximate, including any interval(s).

About the event

Be our guest... as tale as old as time gets a brand new twist this Christmas.

Starring Derby's very own GWEN TAYLOR and BEN FAULKS (CBeebies' Mr Bloom).

In the little french village of Spondon-on-the-Seine Belle is pursued by the handsome but not too bright local heartthrob Gaston (Aston Dobson). She yearns for adventure, but soon gets more than she bargained for when, along with her neighbours Idle Jacques (CBeebies’ Mr Bloom) and his mother Betty Brioche (Morgan Brind), she finds herself trapped inside an enchanted castle by a mysterious beast. Will true love conquer all? Will the Enchantress' (Gwen Taylor) curse ever be broken? Will Betty Brioche burn her baguettes?

Featuring shimmering sets, outrageous costumes, magic, mayhem and monstrous fun, this brand new production promises to be Derby LIVE’s most spectacular panto yet!

VIP tickets

We have a limited number of VIP tickets for our Fri 15 Dec, 7pm performance. VIP tickets include a top price seat (choice of two price bands - depending on where you sit), complimentary programme and your chance to meet the cast in an after-show drinks reception. Tickets are £45.50 (£35.50 for concessions and under 16s) or £43.50 (£33.50 concessions and under 16s). 

Additional essential information

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  • Derby Arena Car Parking
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Schools education pack

You can now download an education pack for Beauty and the Beast.

Relaxed Performance booklet availble here.

Prices & Offers

£31.50 - £16.50

Concessions: £29.50 - £17.50

Concessions are typically available to over 60s, under 16s, students, unemployed and disabled people. Click Buy Tickets to see what concessions are available for this event, and for more price information and availability. Children 12 months and over require a ticket, unless otherwise stated. Proof of entitlement to concession may be required on collection of tickets or on entry to the event.

Early bird offer

Discount of £2 per ticket for tickets bought before Wed 1 Nov has already been deducted from the prices displayed on the website. Any other offers (e.g. family ticket or group discount) will be deducted at the checkout.

Advance Programme Offer

Save £1 by buying your panto programme in advance.

You will be able to purchase your voucher when you click through to your basket screen. Exchange your voucher for a programme from the merchandise counter at Derby Arena on the day of the performance.


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“The glittering set was lavish and spectacular….” Artsbeat

“….our cheeks are still hurting from laughing so hard and for so long!” Derby Days Out

“Warm-hearted and lavish panto….” The Stage ««««

“Beauty and the Beast was full of humour, gorgeous singing and dancing with a fabulous glittery set and costumes. Highly recommend !!” Boom Magazine Belper

“Boos and hisses in all the right places.” Derby Telegraph

“…a fantastic production full of exuberant and slick performances, local gags galore, laugh-out-loud moments, hilarious slapstick and impressive stunts all bound together with a great storyline that sticks close to the fairy tale that we all know and love.”  Burton Mail

“….a production that is strong on story and offers many a magical moment.” British Theatre Guide


Reviews for last year's pantomime, Cinderella.

“….a well written and funny script that suited young and old. We did all have a ball.” Theatre Online

“… moves at a cracking pace and the hardworking cast members give it their all.” The Stage

“Big, bold and booming. With a stage that size you have no choice but to do things in a grand style and Derby Live and Paul Holman Associates pulled out all the stops to give the city a worthy show. This is a lavish family show with bucketfuls of slapstick and special effects, beautiful dancers and stunning costumes. What’s not to like? Book your tickets now and go see for yourself.” Artsbeat

"The spirit of Christmas was alive and well by the end..." "The children looked mesmerised, and the parents were definitely surprised, leaving the audience in the festive spirit, and ready to enjoy the weeks ahead." Derby Telegraph 

"Well we had a great time at Derby’s biggest ball! Cinderella at Derby Arena did not disappoint the DerbyDaysOut family! It had all of the panto fun that you’d expect - jam packed full of musical numbers, dancing, scene changes and of course lots and lots of laughs! Stunning costumes, fantastic scenery and special effects all combine with great performances to create the perfect panto experience. We definitely recommend going to see it this Christmas." DerbyDaysOut

“Watched it last night and love every minute, for anyone who is unsure about going, just go, you will not be disappointed.” Samantha Lamb

“Top performance!! A MUST SEE!" Kay Whittaker

"Fabulous panto enjoyed by pupils and staff! Thank you @derby_arena." Rosehill_Infants @ Rosehill_Inf

“The glittering set was lavish and spectacular….”


See the full review here.

“….our cheeks are still hurting from laughing so hard and for so long!”

Derby Days Out

See the full review here.


“Warm-hearted and lavish panto….”

The Stage

See the full review here.