BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, A PANTOMIME
In rural France, an old tale is told of ghosts and talking clocks, of magical roses and mystical mirrors, beguiling beauties and beastly jokes and a talking French poodle! This is Ben Crocker’s Beauty and the Beast, a topsy-turvy world where traditional pantomime has been lovingly re-invented by “the wittiest and most inventive writer working in pantomime today.” (AS Magazine) This is perfect, proper panto: a good wholesome traditional show that is simply great fun for all the family.
The pantomime is based on a French folk story which tells of a merchant who makes a deal with the Beast: Beauty must go to live in the Beast’s castle, in return for riches. In true Ben Crocker style, however, the story moves away from tradition and takes a funny and circuitous route to a happy ending.
Beauty and the Beast has something for everyone – it is touching, scary, funny and engaging.
As well as Beauty, the characters include a handsome prince, very human-like French Poodle, a wicked witch, a talking clock, table and lamp, and, of course, a cross-dressing dame, Beauty’s mother.
Murwillumbah Theatre Company’s production of Beauty and the Beast has all the old-fashioned ingredients of pantomime, including slapstick humour, witty repartee, the usual pantomime corny jokes, audience participation and music. This is a fast-paced, well-told pantomime that delights the audience, young and old. Come with the whole family, come with a child or come on your own, but most importantly come prepared to laugh and cry and enter a world of magic.
Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium
Tumbulgum Rd, Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
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