This Christmas, in keeping with its long-standing tradition of combining the best loved stories with original music and new writing, Theatre Royal Stratford East presents a magical, fun-packed and sparkling new version of Beauty & The Beast. The show, which will appeal to adults and children alike, will run from Saturday 29 November 2014 to Saturday 17 January 2015, with press night on Wednesday 10 December.
Written by the award-winning Paul Sirett, with Set and Costume Design by Harriet Barsby and Jenny Tiramani (Winner, Best Costume Design – Tony Awards 2014) the show offers a fresh and exciting new take on the timeless classic. After arriving in Stratenford, Hingerland for the very first time, Belle soon realises that things aren’t quite what she expected and when her father goes missing, she’ll need all the help she can get as she races to find him in an enchanted palace. Will a chance encounter save the day?
With a sumptuous set that takes its inspiration from pop-up books and a bold new score delivered by the critically-acclaimed music duo Wayne Nunes and Perry Melius Beauty & The Beast places audiences at the heart of the story and is set to deliver the perfect Christmas treat.
The show will be directed by Dawn Reid, Deputy Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East. She said: “This is always an exciting time of year for us as we bring together an award-winning creative team who have a strong track record for delivering top-quality work. With a talented cast that truly reflects our diverse audience, this hilarious, actioned packed adventure is sure to delight – so book now to avoid missing out.”
Theatre Royal Stratford East’s much loved Panto veteran Michael Bertenshaw is back as Dame Aunty Giselle. He is joined by Helen Aluko as the show’s heroine, Belle, with Vlach Ashton taking on the formidable role of Beast.
Laurence Aldridge will play the role of Mr Hardboiled, Allyson Ava-Brown as Prunella, Ralph Bogard as Mr Choakum, Amelia Cavallo as Peter Pan, Jorell Coiffic-Kamall as Baby Bear, Antonia Kemi Coker as Witchy and Minal Patel as Belle’s Dad, Marcel.
Theatre Royal Stratford East is proud to be supported by Telford Homes who are sponsoring Beauty & The Beast. Jon Di-Stefano, Chief Executive of Telford Homes said: “Telford Homes are heavily involved in the regeneration of Stratford town centre and we are particularly excited to be sponsoring Theatre Royal Stratford East’s pantomime this year. The theatre is a fantastic venue for those living in Stratford and further afield and I am sure our sponsorship will benefit both organisations in the future”.
Beauty & The Beast will run at Theatre Royal Stratford East from Saturday 29 November 2014 to Saturday 17 January 2015. Tickets start from just £6.50 to £26.50, with concessions available on all performances. To book tickets call the Box Office on 020 8534 0310, visit www.stratfordeast.com or book in person at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN.
Access performances: Signed performance: Saturday 13 Dec, 2pm. Captioned performance: Friday 19 Dec, 7pm. Audio performance: Saturday 20 Dec, 2pm.
Newham Discount Night: Saturday 29 November. £2.50 tickets available for Newham residents who are first-time bookers (proof of address required. Call 020 8534 0310 to book. Offer not available online).
Please note, this production contains strobe lighting.
Book & Lyrics by Paul Sirett
Music & Lyric by Wayne Nunes & Perry Melius
Directed by Dawn Reid
Designed By Jenny Tiramani & Harriet Barsby
Muscial Director Ian MacGregor
Choreography by Natasha Khamjani
Lighting Design by David Plater
Sound Design by Ed Clarke
Assistant Director Madeleine Kludje
Helen Aluko Belle
Laurence Aldridge Mr Hardboiled
Vlach Ashton Beast
Allyson Ava-Brown Prunella
Michael Bertenshaw Aunty Giselle
Ralph Bogard Mr Choakum
Amelia Cavallo Peter Pan
Jorell Coiffic-Kamall Baby Bear
Antonia Kemi Coker Witch
Minal Patel Dad
Tuesday 4th November 2014