Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast,
Theatre Royal at Bury St Edmunds
Until 15th January

Beastly Bury St Edmunds’ Old Abbey Gardens are the setting for the start of Beauty and the Beast which sees Fairy Blossom don her pink wellies to go with her skirt of twinkly lights.

The Young Chorus appear in brightly coloured costumes outside “Hairy’st” Tearoom in the town dancing to the feel-good festive melody, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

Audience beware!  One gentleman was singled out for special attention.  He ended up entering into spirit of the night by conducting us all in a singalong of Incy Wincy Spider.

Corny jokes were provided by Dame Molly Muffintop who was resplendent in a parade of ridiculous ice cream cornet hats and a frightening “beast” onesie.

The first Act ends with a rousing, wonderfully harmonious “You Can’t Stop the Beat” dance number.

The music throughout was well chosen – appropriate tunes from Phantom of the Opera and an adapted “Don’t Stop Me Now” from the evil Elvira, the lament from a pathetic, pleading Beast, “Stay With Me” and the funky, bang-up-to-date Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” which prompted some fabulous dance moves from the Young Chorus.

The programme has several delightful colouring and creative activities to keep children amused and on Sunday, 11 December, the audience can enjoy a “Pantomime Gala” performance to include goodie bags, live music, light refreshments and a fancy dress competition.

Beauty and the Beast is a real feel-good entertainment treat with its mix of slapstick, marvellous music and audience participation and will be a hit with all members of the family.

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