Casting has been announced for Beauty and the Beast at New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Based on the original novels by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, the magical retelling of a classic runs from 26 November 2021 to 29 January 2022.
Adapted and directed by New Vic Artistic Director Theresa Heskins (The 39 Steps; Olivier Award-winning The Worst Witch; The Snow Queen, UK Theatre Award Best Show for Children and Young People) the production will bring together the creative team behind previous New Vic shows The Prince and the Pauper, The Borrowers and Treasure Island.
Following in the tradition of the New Vic’s hugely successful festive productions, this adaptation of Beauty and The Beast has sought inspiration from the original versions of the tale to retell this magical story in the New Vic’s unique style.
Creating the characters on stage are a talented company of actors, featuring faces new and familiar to the theatre-in-the-round, including Rhyanna Alexander-Davis (Mischief Movie Night In) as Nigella; Bella Band (Young Dracula) as Mechanical/Ensemble; Danielle Bird (The Worst Witch) as Goblin Queen; Jonathan Charles (Peter Pan in Scarlet) as Wheeliam; Lucinda Freeburn (As You Like It) as Mechanical/Musician/Ensemble; Polly Lister (The Worst Witch) as Warrior Queen; Frederik Pahus making his professional debut as Mechanical; Nicholas Richardson (Astley’s Astounding Adventures) as the Beast; Solaya Sang (Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens) as Prunella; and Rhiannon Skerritt (Stranger Things) as Bella.
Enchanting audiences with his violin playing, Farhaan Shah will complete the company as Musician and Show Musical Director following his previous appearances at the New Vic in Coppelia – A Mystery, The Prince and the Pauper and Astley’s Astounding Adventures.
The creative team is completed by assistant director Filiz Ozcan, composer and musical director James Atherton, set designer Laura Willstead, costume designer Lis Evans, lighting designer Daniella Beattie, co-sound designers Alex Day and James Earls-Davis and choreographe Beverley Norris-Edmunds.
Artistic Director Theresa Heskins said: “Bringing new life to these classic stories is absolutely what we’re about at the New Vic. I enjoyed discovering the original version of Beauty and the Beast to create this new version for our in-the-round stage.
“It’s a story about kindness; about love; about not judging people based on outward appearances: themes that feel apt for this time. And it’s about magic, which is exciting to me as a director.”
Beauty and the Beast takes to the stage at the New Vic from Friday 26 November 2021 to Saturday 29 January 2022. Tickets are on sale from newvictheatre.org.uk with socially distanced performances available as part of the run.