Disney’s British and Irish Tour The beauty and the Beast officially opens September 29 at the Liverpool Empire after premieres which started August 25 at Bristol Racecourse.
Directed by members of the original Broadway creative team, the cast is directed by Courtney Stapleton (Six, dear Evan Hansen) and Emmanuel Kojo (North Country Girl, Scottsboro Boys) as, respectively, Beauty and her Beast.
The two actors are joined by candidate Tony Gavin Lee (Sponge Bob SquarePants, Mary poppins) as Lumière, Tom Senior (The pirates of Penzance) like Gaston, Sam Bailey (Blood brothers) like Mrs. Potts, Nigel Richards (The Phantom of the Opera) like Cogsworth, Martin Ball (Wretched) like Maurice, Samantha Bingley (The secret garden) like the wardrobe, Emma Caffrey (Curtains) like Babette, and Louis Stockil (Miss Saigon) like Le Fou.
The tour, which has been redesigned with new designs, features a tap dance in “Be Our Guest” created for Lee. (Lee’s tapping became something of a signature, including upside down on the proscenium for Mary poppins and with several sprawling legs for Sponge Bob SquarePants).
Jake Bishop, Pamela Blair, Liam Buckland, Jasmine Davis, Autumn Draper, Daisy Edwards, Alyn Hawke, George Hinson, Jennifer Louise Jones, Brontë Lavine, Thomas-Lee Kidd, David McIntosh, Aimee Moore, Sam Murphy, round out the business. Ashley-Jordon Packer, Emily Squibb, Grace Swaby, India Thornton and Rhys West.
Nominee Olivier Matt West directs and choreographs the production, leading a team that includes songwriter Alan Menken, lyricist Tim Rice, writer Linda Woolverton, set designer Stan Meyer, costume designer Ann Hould-Ward and designer lighting Natasha Katz. The team received five Tony nominations and one Hould-Ward costume design win, when Disney debuted Beauty and the Beast on Broadway 26 years ago.
The tour also features new dance arrangements by David Chase, with musical supervision and arrangements by Michael Kosarin, orchestrations by Danny Troob, sound design by John Shivers, video design and screenings by Darryl Maloney, design hair design by David H. Lawrence, an illusion design by Jim Steinmeyer, and casting by Pippa Ailion Casting.
The beauty and the Beast is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions under the supervision of Thomas Schumacher.
For the current tour route, Click here.
A preview of the rehearsal for the UK and Ireland tour of The beauty and the Beast
(Updated September 29, 2021)