Plays Directory : Beauty & The Beast

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Traditional fairy tale
  • Overview
    Beauty and the Beast is a love story. It begins with a poor merchant father who has three daughters, beautiful sweet natured Belle, and two other daughters who are selfish and demanding ( and whom are the reason the merchant is poor, because he cannot say no to them.) When the father has to leave his daughters he asks what they would like brought back from the trip. The selfish daughters demand silks, money, jewellery etc but Belle asks only for a Rose.

    The merchant ends the trip lost in a wood, staved, frozen and helpless. He stumbles upon a castle where he finds clothes, food and a bed all waiting for him. He recovers and leaves without meeting his benefactor. As he walks through the rose garden he remembers Belle's wish and plucks a rose. He is attacked by a beast, who turns out to be his benefactor. The Beast is so angry he would have killed him had the merchant not explained that he was not taking the rose for himself.

    The Beast demands that the merchant send him Belle to make amends for her father's crime. When he returns home he is tempted to ignore his duty and not tell Belle. Eventually Belle is told the truth and goes willingly to the Beast.

    At first she is repulsed by the beast but gradually she gets to know and tame him. But time is running out. When the rose her father plucked finally dies so will the Beast. Belle's father becomes ill and she begs to return and nurse him, promising to return after he has recovered. The Beast lets her go but the merchants recovery takes longer than expected and Belle returns to a wounded and angry Beast who has been attacked by villagers. The rose has almost died. In some versions the Beast dies and Belle's tears break the curse turning him back to a handsome prince, in others she realises her love and kisses him, which heals him and breaks the curse. They both live happily ever after.

    As with many fairy tales, the provenance of the story is very varied. The earliest recorded version was by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and was published in 1740, however, a later version by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont in 1756 is probably the best-known and forms the basis for the majority of adaptations, including the 1991 Disney movie.

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10 known characters

31 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Annie Winton
Annie Winton
Stage Manager
2018, Assistant Stage Manager
The Brunton
Pippa Lowen
Pippa Lowen
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, Assistant Stage Manager
Anna Snow
Anna Snow
Prop Maker
2018, Assistant Stage Manager
Hawthorne Theatre
Eleanor Richards
Eleanor Richards
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, Assistant Stage Manager
Beth Pratt
Beth Pratt
Stage Manager
2018, Assistant Stage Manager
Ellie Haffenden
Ellie Haffenden
Deputy Stage Manager
2017, Assistant Stage Manager
Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn
Joy Laing
Joy Laing
Assistant Stage Manager
2017, Assistant Stage Manager
Chequer Mead Theatre
Rachel Robertson
Rachel Robertson
Assistant Stage Manager
2017, Assistant Stage Manager
Grange Theatre Hartford
Lowri Evans
Lowri Evans
Stage Manager
2017, Assistant Stage Manager
Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
Rose Liggins
Rose Liggins
Assistant Stage Manager
2017, Assistant Stage Manager
Kyle Dill
Kyle Dill
Stage Manager
2017, Assistant Stage Manager
Ohrstrom- Bryant Theatre
James Hamilton
James Hamilton
Assistant Stage Manager
2017, Assistant Stage Manager
Out of the Blue Drill Hall
Rebecka Fitzpatrick
Rebecka Fitzpatrick
Assistant Stage Manager
2017, Assistant Stage Manager
Megan Doherty
Megan Doherty
Assistant Stage Manager
2017, Assistant Stage Manager
Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple
Emma Lang
Emma Lang
Assistant Stage Manager
2016, Assistant Stage Manager
Porthcawl Grand Pavilion
Alexandra Bradford
Alexandra Bradford
Deputy Stage Manager
2016, Assistant Stage Manager
Polka Theatre For Children
Emma Ryan
Emma Ryan
Deputy Stage Manager
2016, Assistant Stage Manager
Jake Merrill
Jake Merrill
Lighting Technician
2016, Assistant Stage Manager
South Holland Centre
Lindsay Lowy
Lindsay Lowy
Stage Manager
2016, Assistant Stage Manager
Alexandra Nechita Center for the Arts
Shannon Aisha Martin
Shannon Aisha Martin
Stage Manager
2016, Assistant Stage Manager
Royal Spa Centre

Alternative Names

Beaty and the beast, Beauty and The Beast, Beauty and The Beast (Panto), Beauty and the Beast Pantomime, Beauty and The Beast UK Tour, Beauty & the Beast (panto), Beauty & the Beast Panto, Beauty & the Beast pantomime, Beuty and the Beast, The Beauty and The Beast