Succesful first weekend for fairy tale show

Pemberton Centre, H.E. Bates Way,  Rushden.'Dress rehearsal for panto 'Beauty and the Beast'.'Hollie Wells as Beauty and Chris Taylor as Beast.
Pemberton Centre, H.E. Bates Way, Rushden.'Dress rehearsal for panto 'Beauty and the Beast'.'Hollie Wells as Beauty and Chris Taylor as Beast.
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A play by an amateur dramatics group has enjoyed a successful first weekend after almost selling out its first two shows.

Rushden Amateur Theatrical Society’s (RATS) adaptation of Beauty and the Beast has earned great reviews, according to the group’s treasurer, and they are looking forward to further performances this week.

Pemberton Centre, H.E. Bates Way,  Rushden.'Dress rehearsal for panto 'Beauty and the Beast'.'Hollie Wells as Beauty and Chris Taylor as Beast.

Pemberton Centre, H.E. Bates Way, Rushden.'Dress rehearsal for panto 'Beauty and the Beast'.'Hollie Wells as Beauty and Chris Taylor as Beast.

Nicola Pott said: “It has been a great first weekend. The response that we have had from people watching has been great, they all seemed to have enjoyed the show and we can’t wait to carry on with the performances throughout the week.”

Mrs Pott described the RATS’ version of the Disney classic as good family entertainment, adding: “There is a lot of singing, a lot of dancing, and a lot of audience participation. We would like people to come along, watch us, and have a great time.”

All the costumes and stage scenery for the play was made, and designed by, members of the society.

This adaptation of the play stays true to the original story but with a few additional quirks, including a pantomime horse and a leprechaun.

Pemberton Centre, H.E. Bates Way,  Rushden.'Dress rehearsal for panto 'Beauty and the Beast'.'Hollie Wells as Beauty and Chris Taylor as Beast.

Pemberton Centre, H.E. Bates Way, Rushden.'Dress rehearsal for panto 'Beauty and the Beast'.'Hollie Wells as Beauty and Chris Taylor as Beast.

Performances are held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at 7.15pm, at the Pemberton Centre, on HE Bates Way, Rushden, with tickets costing £9 for adults, £7 for concessions and £28 for a family ticket that includes two adults and two concessions.

Tickets can be purchased from rats.co.uk or Jan’s Florist, on Rushden High Street. The Saturday matinee has already sold-out so the group is urging people to purchase tickets quickly.