ABERDEEN'S panto queen, Elaine C. Smith, has been brushing up her housekeeping skills to lead the cast of Beauty and the Beast through the city's much-anticipated festive pantomime season at His Majesty's Theatre.
She surprised unsuspecting passers-by at the city's Bon Accord shopping centre recently with some early panto magic by getting into character for her role as housekeeper Mrs Potty to serve high tea to the Beast.
The show is already on target to be the city theatre's seventh successive record-breaking panto after last year's production, Cinderella, became the second show in as many years to break the £1 million mark in ticket sales ahead of its opening night.
This year's production will see Aberdeen panto favourites Alan McHugh again donning a frock in the role of Dame Kitty Brewster, and Jordan Young will be up to mischief in the role of Boabby Brewster.
Beauty and the Beast is being produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world's foremost pantomime producer, and staged by the team that created last year's critically-acclaimed Cinderella extravaganza.
Qdos Entertainment's managing director and executive producer, Michael Harrison, said: "We're thrilled that the stellar cast of this year's panto – Elaine C. Smith, Alan McHugh and Jordan Young – are returning to entertain Aberdeen audiences at His Majesty's Theatre this Christmas.
"This dazzling new production is packed with amazing effects and is proving to be the hottest ticket in the North-east."
Beauty and the Beast runs at His Majesty's Theatre from Saturday, November 29, to Sunday, January 4.
Tickets are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone on 01224 641122 and at the Aberdeen Box Office outlets at the Music Hall and His Majesty's Theatre.