Reviewed by Claire Giles
Beauty and the Beast is non-stop family fun. It was funny and entertaining. My 6-year-old twin girls were engrossed from beginning to end.
We watched the show at the Grand Opera House, which is based in York City Centre. There is plenty of payable parking nearby which was reasonably priced. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
This production was a modern twist on a traditional tale. The story still revolved around the love story between the Beast and Belle and the idea of true love conquering all. The added characters of the evil witch Wizadora Crabapple who curses the prince to become the beast, her adversary the good fairy Adorabella Angelpie, Seymore Bottom as the prince’s aide and Misrabelle as Belle’s sister added to the story and gave it a real pantomime feel. Modern songs such as Human and Uptown Funk were cleverly used to bring the story to life with some incredible dance routines.
Headline stars Antony Costa, best know from boy band Blue, Lynne McGranger, from Home and Away, and Debbie McGee, fresh from her stint on Strictly Come Dancing, were excellent. They all played there parts well.
Outstanding performances from Stuart Wade as Seymore Bottom and Steve Wickenden as Misrabelle really stole the show. Both Stuart and Steve’s performances were hilarious, witty and they delivered some brilliant one liners. They had both children and adults laughing out loud.
The costumes were simply amazing, especially Misrabelle’s frequent costume changes. I couldn’t wait to see what she came out in next!
The show had plenty of audience participation which really kept children entertained. The characters on stage often addressed and involved the audience. There was booing, clapping along and the traditional sing along. At one point the characters used water guns to squirt water at the baddies (and the audience!) and snow came down from the ceiling over the audience towards the end which was a nice touch.
My girl’s favourite part was when the dragon came onto the stage. They almost jumped out of their seats when he started ‘flying’ off the stage towards the audience.
Both myself and my girls loved the show. They didn’t want it to end. It had universal appeal and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Tickets cost from £19.65 to £31.15 (plus £4 transaction fee).
Beauty and the Beast is at the Grand Opera House in York from 15 December 2017 – 7 January 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/york or call the box office on 0844 8713024.
Grand Opera House York, Clifford and Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW | 0844 8713024