Beauty & the Beast - A Pantomime (Traditional not Disney version)
Rayleigh Operatic and Dramatic Society (RODS) present a pantomime ‘Beauty & the Beast’ (Traditional not Disney version) 27th to 29th October 2022 at The FitzWimarc School, Rayleigh.
Beauty & the Beast – Written by Alan P. Frayn
Belladonna the wicked enchantress is determined to win the hand of Prince Danton, no matter who stands in her way, much to the amusement of flower fairy Flora. Beautiful Belle from the village spends her time avoiding the village beau Gustave who impresses everyone - except her! But when she chances upon the Prince in the forest sparking his interest, Belladonna decides to test him by disguising herself as an ugly old woman seeking help. When he rejects her for her looks, she casts a spell to enchant his castle and turn him into a beast. To break the spell, he must win the love of another before the last rose of summer dies.
Meanwhile Belles father Alphonse gets lost on a journey and finds himself near the enchanted castle. On picking a rose he awakes the fury of the Beast who demands he brings a daughter to him as prisoner as punishment. And so, Belle finds herself in the castle with the Beast but as they grow to know each other they realise things may be different to how appearances seem.
In a story packed with hilarious characters including Belle’s housekeeper Fifi and her daft son Jacques, her two older and less beautiful sisters and local salon owners Marcel and Monique who attempt to keep her sisters looking young and beautiful (quite a feat!) there is confusion and chaos with plenty of singing and dancing too.
As the village roused by Gustave comes to rescue Belle and time runs out for the Beast to find true love an exciting adventure awaits.
To see, come along and join RODS as we bring this beauty-full pantomime to the heart of Rayleigh – you’ll be sure to enjoy lots of festive ooh la laughing!!
An amateur production by arrangement with Stage Right Creative Ltd
Performances take place on Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 6:30pm
Tickets are available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/rods or 07580 532068
Tickets £11 with family discount available.
Please note that the auditorium has 4 steps down to the floor and is NOT level access. To book our (limited) accessible seats please e-mail or call us directly.
More info at www.rods.org.uk
The FitzWimarc School, Hockley Road, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 8EB
Thu 27 Oct to Sat 29 October