THIS year's Christmas Basingstoke panto Sleeping Beauty promises to be a extravaganza with stunning sets, top musical hits, fantastic costumes and will star a familiar face.

Martin Dodd for UK Productions and Anvil Arts proudly presents the pantomime at The Anvil from Thursday, December 12 to Sunday, January 5.

Making a very welcome return to Basingstoke once again is Chris Pizzey, who is playing the comic role of Lester the Jester. Best known as Mr Stephen in the CBBC series Basil Brush, Chris is back in Basingstoke by popular demand.

The fabulous family pantomime promises a laugh-a-minute extravaganza with stunning sets, top musical hits, fantastic costumes, and exciting special effects to keep both young and old entertained.

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Basingstoke Gazette: Chris Pizzey, who be playing the comic role of Lester the Jester.

A beautiful Princess is cursed by the evil Carabosse at her 18th birthday party and can only be woken by true love’s kiss. Can the Good Fairy’s magical spell break the curse? Will Princess Rose find her true love and live happily ever after?

Ticket prices vary depending on performances, and there are concessions along with group discounts. 

Those who want to attend are encouraged to check the Anvil Arts website for full details or call the box office on 01256 844244.

There is a Relaxed Performance at 2pm on Thursday, January 2, and a signed performance at 6pm on Tuesday, December 17.

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