If you’re looking to be whisked away into a magical world with awe-inspiring scenery and special effects, stunning costumes and outstanding choreography, singing and acting, this musical is definitely for you.
Spectacular new designs and state-of-the-art technology have been fused with the classic romantic tale and the result is sensational. It’s hard not to sing along to the well-known classics, and the routines for Gaston and Be Our Guest are really something you can’t miss while the show is in our part of the world.
The latter features an exuberant tap dance created expressly for Gavin Lee (Lumiere), recognised as one of the great tappers on either side of the Atlantic. You never want it to end!
Olivier Award nominee Matt West directs and choreographs this exceptional production which features a great cast alongside Lee.
Courtney Stapleton and Alyn Hawke play the iconic lead roles. Courtney’s credits include Dear Evan Hansen, Six, Les Misérables and Bat Out of Hell.
As mentioned, Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins, SpongeBob SquarePants, the Broadway Musical, Les Misérables) plays Lumiere and Tom Senior (The Pirates of Penzance, Eugenius!) is Gaston.
Sam Bailey (The X-Factor winner 2013, Blood Brothers) plays the legendary role of Mrs Potts, with Nigel Richards (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables) as Cogsworth.
Martin Ball (Les Misérables, Wicked, Top Hat) takes the role of Maurice, Samantha Bingley (Martha In The Secret Garden) is Wardrobe, Emma Caffrey (Curtains, 42nd Street, Funny Girl) is Babette and Louis Stockil (Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia!) plays Le Fou.
Beauty and the Beast is at the Sunderland Empire until Saturday 19 February.