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Hollyoaks star Ben Richards cast in Beauty and the Beast at Belfast's Grand Opera House

Hollyoaks star Ben Richards will play the role of the Beast in the enchanting pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, at the Grand Opera House this winter.

After rising to fame on the ITV drama Footballers’ Wives, Richards was cast in high-profile television roles in Holby City, The Bill, Doctors and Hollyoaks.

The cast of Beauty and the Beast will be led by May McFettridge, who this year celebrates her 30th Christmas season at the Grand Opera House.

Comedy magician and Britain’s Got Talent favourite Mandy Muden will also star alongside May and Ben.

Over 40,000 tickets have already been sold for the show, which will run from November 30, 2019 – January 12, 2020.

Ian Wilson, chief executive of the Grand Opera House, said: “Panto season at the theatre is always a special time, but this year’s spellbinding production of Beauty and the Beast is especially significant as it will be the final show before the Grand Opera House closes for restoration ahead of its 125th anniversary in December 2020.

"The show will be packed with all of the ingredients that makes the Grand Opera House panto so spectacular: an abundance of comedy, stunning sets, fabulous costumes and a few surprises along the way.”

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