Last Updated on 26 December 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast UK Tour – the most enchanted musical of all time – to be re-imagined in a brand new production now touring the UK.
It’s a tale as old as time and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast the musical is heading back to the stage from August 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.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST TOUR CAST
Courtney Stapleton and Emmanuel Kojo will play the iconic lead roles, Belle and her Beast, as spectacular new designs and state-of-the-art technology fuse with the classic story, bringing the beloved tale to new life. Courtney’s credits include Dear Evan Hansen, Six, Les Misérables and Bat Out of Hell, and Emmanuel is best known for performing in Oklahoma!, Girl from the North Country, Show Boat and The Scottsboro Boys.
Also announced today are Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins, SpongeBob SquarePants, the Broadway Musical, Les Misérables) as Lumiere and Tom Senior (The Pirates of Penzance, Eugenius!) who will be Gaston. Sam Bailey (The X-Factor winner 2013, Blood Brothers) will play the legendary role of Mrs Potts, with Nigel Richards (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables) as Cogsworth. Martin Ball (Les Misérables, Wicked, Top Hat) will take the role of Maurice, Samantha Bingley (Martha In The Secret Garden) will be Wardrobe, Emma Caffrey (Curtains, 42nd Street, Funny Girl) will be Babette and Louis Stockil (Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia!) will play Le Fou.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST TOUR RE-IMAGINED
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.
The team 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”.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST MUSICAL – HISTORY
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.
DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
When Disney’s Beauty and the Beast celebrated its 25th anniversary a special event was held and this special performance took place. Is it any wonder Beauty and the Beast conquered first on-screen and then onstage.
DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST UK TOUR 2022
Beauty and the Beast Cardiff 2021-22
CARDIFF – Wales Millennium Centre
9 December 2021 – 15 January 2022
This season has been cancelled due to the re-introduction of social distancing.
20 January 2022 – 19 February 2022
SUNDERLAND – Sunderland Empire
3 – 26 March 2022
31 March 2022 – 4 June 2022
MANCHESTER – Palace Theatre
Further Beauty and the Beast UK Tour dates to be announced