Synopsis

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast $12.99

Laurence Boswell

Published by Nick Hern Books

Large Mixed Cast
Here we encounter two worlds - the domestic world of Beauty's family in mid-eighteenth-century France, safe and familiar

And another world, first stumbled upon by her merchant father: a place of great riches and disturbing nightmares, dominated by the fearsome and tragic Beast. Uniting the two is Beauty's humility and sense of duty, which slowly matures into transforming love ...

'Boswell's well-crafted, unshowy staging of the famous fable ... is admirably unpatronising' - Daily Mail

'Boswell's beautifully written script ... at once beguiling and disconcertingly strange ... entirely devoid of sentimentality and Disneyfied cuteness' - Daily Telegraph.

Boswell's adaptation has been completely revised for the RSC production. After its success at the Young Vic Theatre, Laurence Boswell's magical re-telling of Beauty and the Beast became the Royal Shakespeare Company's Christmas show for 2003

Laurence Boswell is an acclaimed director whose credits include Ben Elton's Popcorn, a roll-call of Hollywood's hippest young stars in This Is Our Youth, Madonna in her London stage debut and Eddie Izzard in a revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

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