Disney’s beloved Olivier Award-winning stage musical Beauty and the Beast will come to London in Summer 2022, as part of its UK & Ireland Tour. Performances will begin at the London Palladium from Friday 24 June 2022, for a strictly limited season until Saturday 17 September.
Courtney Stapleton and Shaq Taylor are set to play the iconic lead roles of Belle and the Beast. Courtney’s credits include Dear Evan Hansen, Six, Les Misérables and Bat Out of Hell, and Shaq is best known for performing in Girl from the North Country, Hadestown and Hex.
They will be joined on stage by Gavin Lee who will play Lumiere, Tom Senior who will be Gaston, Sam Bailey who will take on the legendary role of Mrs Potts and Nigel Richards who will play Cogsworth. Martin Ball will appear as Maurice, Samantha Bingley will be Wardrobe, Emma Caffrey will be Babette and Louis Stockil will play Le Fou.
The cast is completed with Richard Astbury, Sarah Benbelaid, Jake Bishop, Pamela Blair, Liam Buckland, Jasmine Davis, Matthew Dawkins, Autumn Draper, Daisy Edwards, Alyn Hawke, George Hinson, Jennifer Louise Jones, Brontë Lavine, Thomas-Lee Kidd, David McIntosh, Aimee Moore, Sam Murphy, Ashley-Jordon Packer, Emily Squibb, Grace Swaby, India Thornton and Rhys West.
Beauty and the Beast will feature new designs which use the latest theatrical innovations. It will also features a new and exuberant tap number during Be Our Guest, created especially for Gavin Lee, one of the best tap dancer.
The show will be directed and choreographed by Matt West. It will feature lyrics by Alan Menken and Tim Rice, with bookwriter Linda Woolverton, scenic designer Stan Meyer, costume designer Ann Hould-Ward and lighting designer Natasha Katz joining the team. The team collectively received five Tony nominations and a win for Hould-Ward’s costume design, when Disney first debuted Beauty and the Beast on Broadway 28 years ago.
Tickets will go on-sale for London at 10am on Friday 28 January. Customers can sign up to be amongst the first to access tickets and can find all tour dates and information at BeautyAndTheBeastMusical.co.uk