Britney and the Beast takes classic panto story and gives it a present day Glasgow feel

Britney and the Beast takes a 'classic pantomime story, gives it a Glasgow feel and translates it to the present day'

Glasgow voices raised in pantomime pleasure

In recent years, the pantomime at Glasgow's Webster's Theatre has become an unusual treat for audiences willing to ignore the high-profile shows at the SEC, King's and Pavilion theatres. Insideout's productions avoid the spectacle, but lend the traditional pantomime fairy-tales a distinctive Glaswegian humour and demonstrate how a witty script and an energetic cast can capture a slightly sardonic but generous Christmas spirit.

'I love telling stories from a different point of view,' artistic director and writer Paul Harper-Swan explains. 'A lot of classic Pantomimes have the same story with the same structure. I love when the audience leave and say "I'll never look at that story the same way again." And I love that every year our loyal audiences don't know what to expect!'

For 2018, Britney and the Beast takes on a tale told by Disney, and rescues it, a little, from the schmaltz. 'The idea behind them is to take a classic pantomime story, give it a Glasgow feel and translate it to the present day. I see it more as a mini musical and try to make it as relatable as possible to the audience,' Harper-Swan continues. While remaining suitable for all the family, Britney promises to be a sweet and tough, all-singing and dancing celebration of a 'strong independent woman who isn't your normal fairytale princess!'

Webster's Theatre, Glasgow, until Sat 5 Jan.

Britney and the Beast

Panto by Paul Harper-Swan bringing a Scottish twist to the beloved tale. Production by Insideout Theatre productions Ltd, in association with Websters Theatre Glasgow.

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