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Beauty and the Beast


New Dates: Sat 4 Dec '21 to Sun 3 Jan '22

(rescheduled 2021/22 dates are now on sale).

After careful consideration and in light of the most recent guidelines issued by the UK Government, it is with enormous regret that we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 pantomime Beauty and the Beast, at The Hexagon. 
However, we are not saying goodbye completely, oh no we’re not! Beauty and the Beast will return for our Christmas season in 2021.
Rest assured that Justin Fletcher and Paul Morse will be with us in 2021.
All existing tickets and seats will automatically transfer over to the relevant 2021/2022 performances, where possible. (Please see the new schedule below).
You can check the status of your tickets by logging in to your Reading Arts account.

We have made this decision after assessing the options open to us in relation to social distancing within our venue as well as the financial risk for us and our producers, but most importantly we believe that you need to experience a pantomime in a packed auditorium with a large audience full of families who can interact with the actors on stage, as that is the beauty and tradition of pantomime. If we are unable to achieve that this year then we would not be doing the art-form justice. Therefore, postponing until next year feels like the most sensible, fair and safe option. The well-being of our customers, staff and performers must be our first priority.

Steve Boden, Managing Director, Imagine Theatre: 
"We are very disappointed that we will be unable to stage pantomime in the Hexagon this Christmas but are delighted that this is only a temporary postponement and that Justin and Paul will star in Beauty and the Beast in December 2021."

Cllr Karen Rowland, Reading’s Lead Member for Culture, Heritage and Recreation: 
“Reading’s award-winning panto is one of the highlights of the entertainment calendar – so this is very sad news indeed – but understandable given the current safety restrictions in place for theatres. We will all eagerly look forward to its return the following year".


A Beast of a Panto … A Beauty of a Show
Come and join us for The Hexagon’s spectacular family pantomime, Beauty and the Beast with children’s television megastar Justin Fletcher alongside Reading's favourite Dame - Paul Morse. 
Full cast to be announced.

Beauty and the Beast has all the ingredients for a magical trip to the theatre, with hilarious slapstick humour, plenty of audience interaction and marvellous musical numbers that you will be singing for days afterwards, all in one magical show that is suitable for everyone to enjoy whether they are 3 or 103!

Beauty and the Beast will be sure to make you laugh, cry and fall in love with a host of hilarious and hairy characters - so book your tickets now for a fun filled panto, and to discover if Beauty can see beyond appearances and learn to love a beast!

Signed performances 2021

BSL - Signed Performances on
Saturday 18 December, 1pm & Wednesday 29 December, 5pm. 


Relaxed Performances 2021

Relaxed Performances on
Friday 10 Dec 2021, 10:30am & Thursday 30 Dec 2020, 11am

Designed to welcome those who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including families with young children, people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability.
(Relaxed performances not available online - please call the Box Office on  0118 960 6060).

Please note there is no relaxed performance on 17 December as originally advertised

'Balloon' Cinderella 2019 Panto flashback