A young couple provided a real-life happy ending to the final performance of Beauty and the Beast at a Northampton theatre after they got engaged on stage.
Sergiu Groza, aged 21, of Daventry, received a ‘yes’ after he got down on one knee at The Deco Theatre to propose to his 20-year-old girlfriend, Margaret.
Mr Groza, who arranged the proposal with the panto’s production team, said he could not think of a more romantic setting.
He said: “When I bought tickets to see the show I decided it was time to ask Margaret to marry me.
“So I rang the production team, and they were so helpful – they arranged a point in the show when they could invent a reason to invite Margaret on stage, I went backstage, and then walked on and asked her the big question.”
Mr Groza, who already shares the same surname as his fiancée, met Margaret three years ago. They are both Moldovan nationals.
He said: “Meeting her in Daventry three years ago was the best thing that has ever happened to me, and it was crazy that she even had the same second name (surname) as me – we’re both Groza!
“She’s my rock, I love her with all my heart, and I am so pleased to have proved my devotion to her in public.
“I cannot thank The Deco Theatre enough for their help, the cast were magnificent, and Margaret saying ‘yes’ meant it all worked out brilliantly.”
Lydia Lucy, who play the part of Beauty, said the proposal provided a memorable ending to the pantomime.
She said: “It was a lovely moment, Margaret was totally shocked, she clearly knew nothing about this at all, but you could see by her reaction how much it meant to her.
“It was beautiful, and the audience absolutely loved it. It’s something I will always remember.”