Disney’s brilliant Beauty and the Beast sis coming back with a new stage production of set to take tour from May. There had been rumours of the musical being revived on Broadway but whether it happens or not the UK tour is certainly all systems ‘go’.
Based on the award-winning Disney animated feature of the same name, Beauty and the Beast follows the story of a young prince, imprisoned in the form of a Beast, who can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted.
Spectacularly reimagined in startling new designs which will use the latest theatrical innovations, this timeless romantic tale will be brought to life on stage like never before, with all the charm and elegance audiences expect from Belle and her Beast.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opened on Broadway in 1994 before having its UK premiere at London’s Dominion Theatre in 1997 winning the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Musical. UK Productions then toured the musical from 2001.
Beauty and the Beast features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and a book by Linda Wolverton.
This new production has all the favourite songs but there are some new dance routines arranged by David Chase and choreographer Matt West.
Based on the 1991 film – the first animated feature ever nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture – Beauty and the Beast opened on Broadway in April 1994 and garnered nine Tony nominations and one win. It played for more than 13 years on Broadway, closing in 2007. It remains to this day – 26 years after it opened – among the top 10 longest-running shows in Broadway history. The live-action retelling of the animated classic quickly became the highest-grossing live-action film musical of all time in 2017, a record only beaten by The Lion King live-action released in 2019.
More dates may be announced but here is the schedule so far:-
Curve, Leicester – May 25 – June 26
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin – July 8-31
Hippodrome, Bristol – August 12-September 18
Empire, Liverpool – September 23-October 16
Playhouse, Edinburgh – October 21-November 27