FAIRYTALE INSPIRES NEW SHOW FOR BALLET THEATRE UK

Beauty and the Beast is returning to The Customs House – as a ballet.

The traditional tale was the inspiration for the theatre’s record-breaking panto run in 2018/19 and is now being brought back to the stage by Ballet Theatre UK.

The company performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Customs House last year and returns on Sunday, January 27, with Beauty and the Beast.

Inspired by the original tale, this production tells the story of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village.

When her father is imprisoned in a mysterious castle, Belle’s attempt to rescue him leads to her capture by the Beast, a grisly and fearsome monster.

Little does she know that he is a prince cursed by a magical Enchantress. The only way the Beast may become human again is if he learns to fall in love and be loved in return.

The curse set by the Enchantress is bound by a magical rose. If the final petal falls, all hope will be lost and the prince will remain a Beast forever. Will the Beast and Belle confess their feelings for one another before it is too late?

Ray Spencer, Executive Director of The Customs House, said: “Ballet Theatre UK always bring a fantastically colourful show with stunning dancing. We’re delighted Beauty and the Beast is back on our stage, albeit in a very different guise.”

Set to a stunning classical score, Beauty and the Beast will showcase new choreography by Ballet Theatre UK’s founder and artistic director, Christopher Moore, as well as new sets and costumes created especially for the production.

The new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast forms part of Ballet Theatre UK’s tenth anniversary celebrations.

Its performance at The Customs House starts at 2.30pm and tickets are priced from £10. Contact the box office on (0191) 454 1234 or book online at www.customshouse.co.uk.