Belfast Grand Opera House
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Sadler's Wells, London
The Lowry, Salford
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Ashton Double bill
First Steps: a child's Swan Lake
Free pre-performance talks
Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare Triple bill
The Taming of the Shrew
Variations Triple bill (Birmingham)
Variations Triple bill (tour)
Beauty and the Beast story guide
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Scene 1: The Merchantís House
Belleís father, a merchant, has lost his ships and is unable to pay his debts. As the
bailiffs reclaim his furniture, Monsieur Cochon arrives. He is a wealthy townsman who
wants to marry one of Belleís vain sisters. He offers the Merchant enough money to
keep his possessions and the servants.
Suddenly the news arrives that the ships have been found. As the Merchant
prepares to leave, he asks his daughters what they would like as a gift on his return.
Belleís sisters ask for gowns and jewels but Belle wants only a single rose.
Scene 2: The Beastís Castle
A terrible storm blows up and the Merchant is attacked by robbers. The Merchant
escapes and hides in a strange empty castle where he is served food and drink by
unseen hands. In the morning he wakes to find his stolen travelling trunk returned and
filled with beautiful gowns and jewels. As he leaves the castle he remember Belleís
request and picks a rose from the garden. Suddenly a monstrous beast appears, furious
at the theft of the rose.When he hears that the Merchant has three daughters he
agrees to spare his life, but only if he sends his youngest daughter to live with him.
The terrified Merchant agrees and flees the castle.
Scene 3: The Merchantís House
Back at home the vain sisters open the trunk to find that the dresses and jewels have
turned to rags and ashes. The Merchant begs Belleís forgiveness for what he has done.
Belle is determined to save her father but doesnít know what to do.With some
unexpected help, she makes her way to the castle and as the clock strikes nine, the