Panto is part of Victoria Theatre line-up packed with comedy, drama and more

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Summer may only just be over but The Victoria Theatre in Halifax is already gearing up for panto season.

This year the theatre will be telling the magical fairytale of Beauty and the Beast and, back by popular demand, will be Neil Hurst, taking on the role of Willy Do-It.

Neil is a well-loved favourite at The Victoria and is sure to help provide plenty of comedy, mischief and mayhem to the show.

Also performing will be Ashley Andrew as The Enchantress, Harriet Payne as Beauty and Rhys Andrews as Beauty’s father.

The pantomime is on from Saturday, December 15 until Sunday, January 6.

And before then there is plenty in store at the theatre.

On Saturday, October 6 singing and dancing creatures of the night will be taking to the stage for Vampires Rock.

It stars Steve Steinman, who plays the supremely evil Baron Von Rockula - owner of the Live and Let Die club. In search of a new bride, the Baron must convince the unsuspecting Pandora, who auditions for the new singing position, to cross over to the dark side and live forever in Rock ‘n’ Roll Hell.

Tickets are £22 and £20.

Seven Ages, presented by Kepow Theatre, is a one-man comedy show exploring the idea that we go through seven stages in life.

From infancy through love and wisdom, to growing old disgracefully, the show combines improvisation, masks and storytelling.

It comes to The Victoria on Saturday, September 22. Tickets are £15 with discounts available.

If you enjoy brass music, there is a treat in store on Sunday, October 7 when Grimethorpe Colliery Band perform.

Formed in 1917 by members of the disbanded Cudworth Colliery Band, the group has an international reputation for excellence .

They also appeared in and provided the soundtrack for the 1996 hit film Brassed Off.

Tickets are £18.50, with discounts available.

For young theatre fans, there is plenty lined up over the coming months, including a celebration of the nursery rhyme There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly on Sunday, October 14.

And Russian State Ballet and Opera House are performing two shows - Swan Lake on Thursday, November 8 and Sleeping Beauty on Friday, November 9.

There will be a trip back to the 60s when the Sensational 60s Experience is performed on Friday, October 19, featuring The Tremeloes, Herman’s Hermits, The Union Gap and TheIvy league.

Then it will be the turn of the 70s, with favourites 10cc performing some of their greatest hits on Thursday, October 25 and The Bay City Rollers Story coming to the thetre on Tuesday, November 6.

To top off the trip back in time, 80’s Mania, featuring tributes to Duran Duran, Kim Wilde, Culture Club, Wham and The Human League, will be performed on Friday, October 5 and, on Saturday, December 1, The Human League will be playing.

One of the biggest bands of the 80s, the group will be performing all their hits, including the famous Don’t You Want Me. Tickets are £25.

To book tickets for these or any of The Victoria Theatre’s shows call the box office on 01422 351158. You can also visit where you can view the full list of upcoming events.

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