Disney’s Beauty and the Beast UK Tour

Disney's Beauty and the Beast - the most enchanted musical of all time - to be re-imagined in a brand new production touring the UK from May 2021.

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Last Updated on 12 December 2020 by Showcall Editorial Team

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – the most enchanted musical of all time – to be re-imagined in a brand new production touring the UK from May 2021.

Beauty and the Beast UK Tour

It’s a tale as old as time and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast the musical is heading back to the stage from May 2021 at theatres around the UK.  Re-imagined, re-designed in a completely new production staged by the original award-winning creative team, Beauty and the Best UK Tour tickets can be booked from the venues shown in the Beauty and the Beast tour schedule shown below.

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.

Rob Roth, a Tony®-nominee for the original production, will again direct, leading a team that includes composer Alan Menken, lyricist Tim Rice, book writer Linda Woolverton, choreographer Matt West, scenic designer Stan Meyer, costume designer Ann Hould-Ward and lighting designer Natasha Katz.  The team collectively received five Tony® nominations and a win for Hould-Ward’s costume design, when Disney first debuted Beauty and the Beast on Broadway 26 years ago.

Alan Menken said: “Beauty and the Beast is a testament to the genius of my late friend and collaborator Howard Ashman, but the show’s richness comes from the combination of Howard’s style and that of the brilliant Tim Rice, with whom I expanded the score to give voice to the Beast,” said eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken.  “It’s clear that audiences the world over want to return to the world of Beauty, which continues to amaze and humble those of us who created it. As the show returns to the UK, I cannot wait to see how Rob Roth and this glorious creative team bring the whole universe of Beauty and the Beast to  life once again.”

Tim Rice said: “Beauty and the Beast is a story and a show which resonates through generations, and it was a great pleasure to work with Alan to expand the score he and the brilliant Howard Ashman first created. I am thrilled that there will be a brand new production and that the newest theatrical wizardry will bring another layer of magic to the tale. It is great that the UK will host the premiere of the new production, as this country has always enjoyed a special affinity with the show”.

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.

The original West End production of Beauty and the Beast opened at the Dominion Theatre in April 1997, playing over 1100 performances to more than two million people. It won the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Musical and enjoyed a hugely successful UK & Ireland tour in 2001.

This new Beauty, while retaining the lush period sound of the Oscar-winning and Tony®-nominated score – which brought classics including Be Our Guest and Beauty and the Beast, as well as Change in Me, added to the musical production in 1998 and retained thereafter – will be heard afresh with new dance arrangements by David Chase, allowing original choreographer Matt West to revisit his work. Longtime Menken collaborators Michael Kosarin and Danny Troob are the musical supervisor/vocal arranger and orchestrator, respectively.

Completing the design team, Tony®-winner John Shivers is sound designer, Darryl Maloney is the video and projections designer, and David H. Lawrence is hair designer. Jim Steinmeyer is the illusions designer, as he was on the original 1994 production.

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DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST UK TOUR 2021

Beauty and the Beast Leicester 2021
LEICESTER – Curve Theatre
25 May – 26 June 2021
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Beauty and the Beast Dublin 2021
DUBLIN – Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
8 – 31 July 2021
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Beauty and the Beast Bristol 2021
BRISTOL – Bristol Hippodrome
12 – 18 September 2021
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Beauty and the Beast Liverpool 2021
LIVERPOOL – Empire Theatre
23 September – 16 October 2021
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Beauty and the Beast Edinburgh 2021
EDINBURGH – Playhouse Theatre
21 October – 27 November 2021
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Further Beauty and the Beast UK Tour dates to be announced

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