Beauty and the Beast

This new production of Beauty and the Beast promises a festive retelling of the famous story with comedy, music and dancing. Peter Gray reports.

Beauty and the Beast

This well known story, famously the subject of several successful films, gets the pantomime treatment this Christmas with the producers promising an all singing, all dancing musical delight to thrill the whole family.

The Shaw Theatre have an excellent reputation for pantomime and that certainly bodes well for this new show. Beauty is produced by the same team who created pantomime versions of The Wizard of Oz, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs and Jack & the Beanstalk and they are promising more of the same this Christmas.

From what we’ve heard, all the pantomime staples are present and correct, with audience participation (he’s behind youuuu!), a very game pantomime dame, double entendre’s and a bucket load of slapstick.

The story is surely familiar to all. Belle, here played by Emmerdale’s Gemma Oaten, is the headstrong village girl who falls for the bad mannered prince turned beast. Imprisoned inside his lonely palace, Belle first loathes and then learns to love the prince as his beastly façade begins to fade and the gentleman beneath begins to emerge.

Thrill Men’s Sebastian Hill plays the Prince and the Rocky Horror Show’s Ceris Hine plays the Good Fairy.

The Shaw Theatre is always a delight. Located near to the British Library in Kings Cross, the venue is a great place to see top notch regional theatre and the venue also boasts an excellent selection of live music from a host of top quality international performers.

The Shaw Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast runs for approximately 2 hours 10 minutes with a 20 minute interview.

Beauty and the Beast is on at the Shaw Theatre from the 12th to the 30th December 2018.

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