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Theatre Royal Nottingham
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
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Beauty and the Beast
Darkness and Light
IDFB 2014 Programme One
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La Fille mal gardée
North tour spring 2014
South tour spring 2014

Beauty and the Beast



Sunderland Empire Theatre 6 - 8 November 2014

A towering gothic fairytale from the creator of Birmingham Royal Ballet's smash-hit Cinderella.

A cruel Prince, cursed to spend the rest of his life living in a fantastical castle with the animals he callously hunted, finds salvation in the heart of a beautiful girl. Caught stealing a single rose, Belle's desperate father exchanges his life for his youngest daughter's freedom. In his distant castle the Beast, stripped of his handsome features and his very humanity, must win her heart, or spend the rest of his life in bitter solitude.

A beautiful girl, a hideous beast, a golden ballroom full of animals, two outrageously haughty sisters and a grumpy grandmother worthy of Roald Dahl, dance, prance and rage through the unfolding pages of Philip Prowse's stunning storybook set of forests and castles, whilst David Bintley's rich choreographic palette brings to life magical transformations, wild waltzes, soaring formations of birds and a relationship between Belle and the Beast that is at first terrifying, but ultimately serene and beautiful.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


'A thing of monumental glory... pure magic'
THE DAILY EXPRESS

★ ★ ★ ★


'A gorgeous rendering of a family favourite... totally immersive'
WHATS ON STAGE

★ ★ ★ ★


'Breathtakingly atmospheric... A wonderful piece of work: mysterious, ambiguous, magical'
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

'David Bintley's iconic Beauty and the Beast is spellbinding... choreography, score, set and lighting are in total harmony'
THE STAGE

'A terrific gothic fairytale told with passion and wit'
THE BIRMINGHAM POST

'A gorgeous piece of fantasy and stagecraft'
MANCHESTER THEATRE AWARDS

Performance length


Approx 2 hours and 10 minutes

Storyguide


Prologue  |  ACT I  |  ACT II

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Reviews


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Credits


Music Glenn Buhr
Choreography David Bintley
Design Philip Prowse
Lighting Mark Jonathan

World premiere


Birmingham Royal Ballet, 1 December 2003, Birmingham Hippodrome
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