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Beauty and the Beast archiveThe story of Belle and the prince turned to a beast till he can make someone love him.

Archive listings for Beauty and the Beast

Work type: Play.


This timeless tale recounts the story of a brave young girl who leaves her beloved, if chaotic, family to discover the mysteries of passion, imagination and love in the glorious palace of the Beast. Let us take you on a breath taking journey from the formal grandeur of 18th-century Paris to the bewitching splendour of the Beast's palace, the house of dreams and secret desires. Performed by the 14 to 18 year olds of our second Kaleidoscope Youth Theatre Company that brought you The Canterbury Tales last year, there will be magic, mystery and of course-furniture that comes to life! Suitable for ages 11 and over.Author Laurence Boswell. Company Kaleidoscope Youth Theatre.
18 Oct 13 to 19 Oct 13Buxton Opera House, Buxton :: V424
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Company Wakefield Little Theatre.
20 Feb 13 to 24 Feb 13Theatre Royal Wakefield, Wakefield :: V979
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Suitable for children aged 4+Presented byLawrence Batley Theatre. Presented byEngine House. Director Matt Aston. Musical Director Julian Butler. Music Julian Butler. Design Lydia Denno. Lighting Mark Pritchard. Choreographer Emma Annetts. Performer Darren Benedict (Butler/Father). Performer Julian Hoult (Beast/Francis). Performer Helen Woolf (Beauty/Maid). Performer Laura Sheppard (Cook/Fairy Godmother).
13 Dec 12 to 30 Dec 12Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield :: V972
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There will be magic here on this stage tonight. Do not be fooled: I am no tawdry conjurer. I have real magic at my fingertips. Tonight I will take you back through time and make books speak. I will cause mirrors to misbehave, and bring you within touching distance of planets and stars that are eight million light years away. I will raise the dead and make them live and breathe before you! My powers are infinite, and tonight I devote them to you. And the story of the Beauty and the Beast. The wild and lively production explodes with music and magic, and is suitable for girls and boys aged 8 and up.Producer National Theatre. Producer Young Vic. Director Katie Mitchell. Design Vicki Mortimer. Lighting Jon Clark. Music Paul Clark. Design Matthew Robins (puppets). Design Fifty-Nine Productions Ltd (video). Director Joseph Alford (movement). Sound Gareth Fry. Performer Mark Arends (The Beast). Performer Sian Clifford (Beauty). Performer Kate Duchene (Cecile). Performer Kristin Hutchinson (Sister). Performer Sean Jackson (Beauty's Father). Performer Elizabeth Muncey. Performer Justin Salinger (Mr Pink).
24 Nov 10 to 4 Jan 11Dorfman Theatre (National Theatre), West End :: V375
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Company Chapterhouse Theatre Company.
29 Jul 10Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court :: V0613500332
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18 Jul 10Woburn Abbey, Woburn :: V0631094333
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Like the company’s very successful previous seasonal shows, Beauty and the Beast will be full of fantasy, music and comedy. The in-the-round production will have an ensemble of six actors, who also play all the music live on stage and create the sound effects, making a Christmas show with a difference- forget cartoons and Disney this is Beauty and the Beast done in Creation Theatre Company’s wonderfully unique and dynamic way. The action takes place on a circular stage in the centre of the amazingly opulent, antique Mirror Tent, where cabaret-style seating allows the audience to sit at small individual candle-lit tables to watch the performance. The tent’s velvet canopies, mirrored roof and ornate pillars and booths will make the perfect setting for Beauty and the Beast, creating an enchanting ambience for this well-loved tale and adding further to the spell-binding experience. Audiences can also enjoy refreshments at their table before the show or in the interval.Company Creation Theatre Company. Adapted by Daniel Bye. Director Sarah Punshon.
27 Nov 09 to 16 Jan 10General, Oxford :: V1095
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When Beauty sees beneath the ugly frightening exterior of The Beast she discovers a loyal, loving heart and is able to love him for what he really is. In so doing she helps us to connect to a truth regarding our own personal relationships. Children know of it immediately and adults are reminded of it.Company Image Musical Theatre.
19 Dec 09Waterside Arts Centre, Sale :: V0383692381
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27 Oct 09The Met, Bury :: V476
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Ages 7+ On a wild and stormy night, a doting dad sets out on a business trip, only to get hopelessly lost. Seeking safety in a remote castle, he encounters not another living soul - until the next morning, when he picks a rose for his daughter and finds himself in mortal danger. Fearless and feisty, Belle is on a mission to rescue her father, only to find love in the most unlikely of places. This is an adventurous show of beastly brilliance by the makers of the hit The Firework-Maker's Daughter. A classic fairytale, it is full of sparkling humour and dazzling theatrical invention - first rate festive fun for everyone.Producer Lyric Hammersmith. Producer Warwick Arts Centre (in association with Told by an Idiot).
23 Jun 09 to 4 Jul 09New Theatre, Cardiff :: V823
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29 Nov 08 to 3 Jan 09Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
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Join us this Christmas to celebrate the fickle world of the fairytale as fortunes fail, dreams are dashed and love is tested to the limits. Faced with a bitter choice, can one man leave his beloved daughter at the hands of a beast? In order to save her father, Belle must cross the threshold into a grown up world. Can she find the courage to enter the beast's castle? This energetic and fast moving production brings real spark to a classic folktale. While storms rage and wolves howl a single rose will change the fate of one family. All ages can enjoy the magic and passion of this deliciously dark fairytale.Producer Sherman Theatre. Adapted by Charles Way. Director David Bond.
30 Nov 07 to 12 Jan 08Sherman Theatre, Cardiff :: V824
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From the acclaimed creators of Phillip Pullman's The Firework-Maker's Daughter, the Lyric once again joins forces with Told By An Idiot's [Paul Hunter] to bring a new version of one of the world's great fairy tales for a Christmas show of beastly brillance.Producer Lyric Hammersmith. Producer Warwick Arts Centre. Company Told By An Idiot. Director Paul Hunter. Author Carl Grose. Design Michael Vale. Lighting Natasha Chivers. Performer Lisa Hammond. Performer Hayley Carmichael. Performer Javier Marzan. Performer Nick Haverson. Performer Darmesh Patel.
29 Nov 07 to 5 Jan 08Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Outer London :: V315
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Company Combined Actors of Cambridge.
5 Dec 06 to 9 Dec 06ADC Theatre, Cambridge :: V18
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Rewritten by Laurence Boswell, and rooted in the world of 18th century France.Producer Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Adapted by Laurence Boswell. Director Laurence Boswell. Design Jeremy Herbert. Costume Kandis Cook. Music Mick Sands. Choreographer Stuart Hopps. Lighting Adam Silverman. Sound Mic Pool.
13 Nov 04 to 16 Jan 05Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon :: V135
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Rewritten by Laurence Boswell, and rooted in the world of 18th century France.Producer Byre Theatre. Adapted by Laurence Boswell. Director Rita Henderson. Corporate Sponsor St Leonards School St Andrews.
3 Dec 04 to 8 Jan 05Byre Theatre, St Andrews :: V640
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Producer Pele Productions.
10 Apr 04 to 18 Apr 04Guild Hall and Charter Theatre, Preston :: V524
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Rewritten by Laurence Boswell, and rooted in the world of 18th century France, "fully re-imagined,... for a cast of 18 actors and eight musicians.Producer Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Adapted by Laurence Boswell. Director Laurence Boswell. Design Jeremy Herbert. Costume Kandis Cook. Music Mick Sands. Choreographer Stuart Hopps.
29 Nov 03 to 22 Feb 04Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon :: V135
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Rewritten by Laurence Boswell, and rooted in the world of 18th century France.Producer Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Adapted by Laurence Boswell. Director Laurence Boswell. Design Jeremy Herbert. Costume Kandis Cook. Music Mick Sands. Choreographer Stuart Hopps. Lighting Adam Silverman. Sound Mic Pool. Performer Adam Levy (Beast). Performer Aiofe McMahon (Beauty). Performer John Bowler (Beauty's father Jean Louis). Performer Philip Aiden. Performer Lee Boggess. Performer Sergio Covino. Performer David Lucas. Performer Barry McNeil. Performer Gary Sefton. Performer Darren Tunstall. Performer Miltos Yerolemou. Performer Dorothy Atkinson. Performer Julie Barnes. Performer Margie Chadwick. Performer Nicola Filshie. Performer Heather Habens. Performer Julie Legrand. Performer Lucy Potter. Performer Sophie Winkleman.
1 Dec 03 to 21 Feb 04Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon :: V135
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Weird and wonderful music, stunning visuals and puppets, come together in a family Christmas show that will have you cheering, booing and crying with laughter.Producer Unity. Director Paul Hunter. Design Jo Pocock. Director Stuart Barker (music). Company Hope Street Physical Theatre Company.
6 Dec 02 to 18 Jan 03Unity Theatre, Liverpool :: V539
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Company Rose Theatre Company.
10 Dec 02 to 13 Dec 02Rudolf Steiner House, Inner London :: V223
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Stuart Paterson tells the story of Beauty and the Beast in his own inimitable fashion. Brave Beauty runs away from home to the Beast's Palace to save her father's life. She meets the evil with Crackjaw and her servant Dunt the Goblin, who want to rid the world of 'horrible children'. Beauty and her new friend Billy use the power of their friendship to beat the child-hating witch. But can they solve the mystery of the Wishing Well? Prepare to be spellbound as Stuart Paterson spins his magical web over this wonderful story of love conquering evil.Author Stuart Paterson. Director Tony Cownie. Design Gregory Smith. Performer Cora Bisset (Beauty). Performer Alison Peebles (Crackjaw). Performer Robert Paterson. Performer Ronnie Simon (Bill the Dog). Performer Steven McNicoll (Dunt). Performer Gary Collins (Beast).
30 Nov 01 to 5 Jan 02Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh :: V604
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Adapted by Liz Lochhead. Company Theatre Babel (in co-operation with The Tron Theatre Company). Director Graham McLaren. Design Robin Peoples. Lighting Kai Fisher. Costume Liz Boulton. Performer Kirsten McLean. Performer Julie Duncanson. Performer Finlay Welsh. Performer Peter Collins.
3 Dec 01 to 29 Dec 01The Tron, Glasgow :: V622
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Company Drama Unlimited.
15 Feb 00 to 19 Feb 00St George's Hall, Bradford :: V967
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This is the story of a Prince who is punished by a witch for a past misdeed and turned into a monster. He is forced to live alone as The Beast in an enchanted castle until he can be redeemed by pure love, which comes to him in the shape of Beauty, a merchant's daughter. Based on a seventeenth century French fairytale, this wonderfully entertaining, magical piece of theatre is much closer to [Jean Cocteau]'s classic film, La Belle et La Bete than to the numerous pantomime and musical versions, and tells a poignant story of human weakness and salvation in a way which is funny, sad and profoundly moving. Not suitable for children younger than 7.Performer Mark Little (The Beast). Performer Beth Fitzgerald (Beauty). Performer Gary Taylor. Performer Sarah Mann. Performer Barley McKay-Green. Performer Tim Ashworth. Director Marc Urquhart.
10 Dec 99 to 9 Jan 00Brighton Komedia, Brighton :: V654
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Performer Vicki Michelle. Performer Douglas Mounce. Performer Paul Burnham.
20 Jul 99 to 3 Sep 99Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple :: V883
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Performer Sophie Lawrence. Performer Lionel Blair. Performer Paul Hendy. Performer Bella Emberg. Performer Arvid Larsen. Performer Paddy Jenkins. Performer Anne Hailes.
29 Jul 98 to 8 Aug 98Grand Opera House, Belfast :: V548
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29 Jul 98 to 8 Aug 98Grand Opera House, Belfast :: V548
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Company Orchard Theatre Company. Author Jan Page. Music John Kirkpatrick.
6 Jan 98 to 7 Jan 98The Poly Falmouth, Falmouth :: V875
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29 Dec 97 to 30 Dec 97Merlin Theatre, Frome :: V916
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9 Dec 97 to 27 Dec 97Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
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25 Jan 06The Quay Arts Centres, Newport :: V842
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26 Nov 97 to 29 Nov 97Northcott Theatre, Exeter :: V886
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