The show is currently on stage at the Sunderland Empire, with future dates at Birmingham Hippodrome and Manchester Palace Theater before heading to the Palladium.
Disney’s beloved Olivier Award-winning musical The beauty and the Beast – reimagined and reimagined in an all-new production directed by members of the award-winning original creative team – will come to London in the summer of 2022, as part of its final tour.
Performances will start at the London Palladium from Friday 24th June 2022, for a strictly limited season until Saturday 17th September. Tickets go on sale for London at 10am on Friday 28 January.
The UK tour kicked off at Bristol Hippodrome on August 25, 2021 and is currently playing at Sunderland Empire. Dramatic new designs and cutting-edge technology merge with the classic story, as the timeless romantic tale comes to life on stage like never before, with all the charm and elegance audiences have come to expect from Belle and her Beast.
Courtney Stapleton and Shaq Taylor will play the iconic lead roles. Courtney’s credits include Dear Evan Hansen, Six, Les Miserables and Bat out of hell, and Shaq is best known for his performances in North Country Girl, Hadestown and Hex.
Gavin Lee who has stage credits including Mary Poppins, SpongeBob SquarePants Broadway Musical and Wretched plays Lumiere and Tom Senior who starred in The Penzance Pirates and Eugene! is Gaston. Sam Bailey stars as the legendary Mrs. Potts, with Nigel Richards as Cogsworth.
Martin Ball stars as Maurice, Samantha Bingley is Armoire, Emma Caffrey is Babette and Louis Stockil plays Le Fou. The full company is completed by Richard Astbury, Sarah Benbelaid, Jake Bishop, Pamela Blair, Liam Buckland, Jasmine Davis, Matthew Dawkins, Autumn Draper, Daisy Edwards, Alyn Hawke, George Hinson, Jennifer Louise Jones, Brontë Lavine, Thomas-Lee Kidd , David McIntosh, Aimee Moore, Sam Murphy, Ashley-Jordon Packer, Emily Squibb, Grace Swaby, India Thornton and Rhys West.
The beauty and the Beast is reinvented in surprising new designs that utilize the latest theatrical innovations. Among the many new features is an exuberant tap dance within the legendary Be Our Guest production number, created expressly for Gavin Lee, recognized as one of the great tappers on either side of the Atlantic.
The structure and tone of the story and score – as devised for the 1991 film by its executive producer and lyricist Howard Ashman with continued evolution for the Broadway adaptation three years later – have made history. from Disney. Only once before — in Menken and Ashman’s previous musical, The Little Mermaid — had a Disney movie been structured as a musical where the songs are integral to the plot and characterization rather than just ornamental or digressions. This Menken/Ashman innovation sparked the Disney animation revival of the 1990s, which went on to create movie classics like Aladdin, The Lion King and The Hunchback of Notre Dame and helped reintroduce the musical form of the book in popular culture.
This newfound beauty, while retaining the lush period sound of the Oscar-winning and Tony®-nominated score – which brought classics such as be our guest and The beauty and the Beast, as good as change in me, added to the musical production in 1998 and retained thereafter – has new dance arrangements by David Chase, allowing original choreographer Matt West to revisit his work.
Menken’s longtime collaborators, Michael Kosarin and Danny Troob, serve as musical supervisors/vocal arrangers and orchestrators, respectively.
The original West End production of The beauty and the Beast opened at the Dominion Theater in April 1997, giving over 1,100 performances to over two million people. It won the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Musical and had a hugely successful UK and Irish tour in 2001.
Beauty and the Beast – 2022
Now until Saturday, February 19, 2022
Ticket office: 03330 096 690
Thursday 3 – Saturday 26 March 2022
Ticket office: 0844 338 5000
Thursday March 31 – Saturday June 4, 2022
Manchester Palace Theater
Ticket office: 0333 009 6690
From Friday 24 June to Saturday 17 September 2022