Beauty and the Beast tour adds London Palladium run

Last Updated on 22 January 2022 by Showcall Editorial Team

The touring production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has added a limited season at the London Palladium in the West End this summer

Beauty and the Beast tour
Nigel Richards, Sam Bailey and Gavin Lee in the UK tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

A re-imagined production of Disney’s stage musical, Beauty and the Beast, is to run at the London Palladium this summer as part of its UK and Ireland tour.

The show will be at the West End theatre from 24 June to 17 September 2022 for a strictly limited run. Tickets will go on sale for London at 10am on Friday 28 January via beautyandthebeastmusical.co.uk.

The tour began last year at Bristol Hippodrome on 25 August and is currently at Sunderland Empire, where it runs to 19 February. It then goes to Birmingham Hippodrome from 3 to 26 March and Manchester’s Palace Theatre from 31 March to 4 June.

Beauty and the Beast originally opened on Broadway in 1994 and then in the West End in 1997, winning the Olivier Award for best musical, but has now been “re-imagined” with new designs using the latest theatrical innovations.

New features include an exuberant tap dance within production number “Be Our Guest” created for Gavin Lee who plays candelabra footman Lumiere.

Matt West directs and choreographs the new production alongside a creative team that includes composer Alan Menken, lyricist Tim Rice, book writer Linda Woolverton, scenic designer Stan Meyer, costume designer Ann Hould-Ward and lighting designer Natasha Katz.

Alongside Lee’s Lumiere, Courtney Stapleton and Shaq Taylor play the lead roles of Belle and the Beast with Tom Senior as Gaston, Sam Bailey as Mrs Potts, Nigel Richards as Cogsworth, Martin Ball as Maurice, Samantha Bingley as Wardrobe, Emma Caffrey as Babette and Louis Stockil as Le Fou.

The rest of the company comprises 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.

BeautyAndTheBeastMusical.co.uk

 

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