East Midlands-based theatre company Engine House promises to make the most of all aspects of great family theatre when this brand new, fun and festive family treat is brought to The Civic, Barnsley this Christmas between Monday 16 and Sunday 29 December.
Presenting a magical alternative pantomime, Laurence Olivier award-winning writer Mike Kenny (Red Riding Hood – Engine House, Scarecrow – AJTC and Rapunzel – Tutti Frutti) hopes that yet another of his family re-workings can meet the expectations of its South Yorkshire audience. Featuring music from Charlie and Lola musical director Julian Butler, and performed by a powerfully-voiced cast of just four actors, audiences are told to expect hilarious yet commanding character performances, clever and amusing choreography and a set design that is nothing short of grand and beautiful. This new imagining of an old tale about love, and learning to see beyond what’s in front of you, also sees dusters turned into wolves, kitchen furniture becoming a dolls house, and a self-obsessed, spoilt and vain young Beauty turn into a mature woman who grows to understand inner beauty.
Beauty, in all fairness, is a bit of a looker, but she’s also lazy, greedy and spoilt beyond belief. So, when her father loses their family fortune and they are forced to move to a cottage in the country with no servants, it seems like things couldn’t get any worse. However, her Dad then makes a bargain with a Beast and Beauty must go to his castle as a prisoner, or face losing her Dad forever. Trapped in the castle far from everyone she knows, frightened and alone, Beauty begins to hate the Beast, but who could ever love a monster like him?
The production is suitable for children aged four and over, the trailer for the performance can be found on the theatre’s website at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk
Tickets are now on sale via The Civic’s Box Office on Hanson Street (Tel: 01226 327 000) or at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk (link below) priced at £12/£10 (full price/concessions).