The cast for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast new UK tour has been announced.
Based on the 1991 animated film of the same name, the Beauty and the Beast stage adaption features a book by Linda Woolverton with music from Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.
A brand new UK tour will open at the Bristol Hippodrome in August before touring across the country into 2022.
Beauty and the Beast 2021 tour cast
Courtney Stapleton and Emmanuel Kojo are to lead the cast of the UK Beauty and the Beast musical tour in the roles of Belle and Beast respectively.
Gavin Lee will star as Lumiere, Tom Senior plays Gaston, Sam Bailey plays Mrs Potts, Nigel Richards plays Cogsworth, Martin Ball plays Maurice, Samantha Bingley plays Wardrobe, Emma Caffrey plays Babette and Louis Stockil plays Le Fou.
Completing the cast are Jake Bishop, Pamela Blair, Liam Buckland, Jasmine Davis, Autumn Draper, Daisy Edwards, Alyn Hawke, George Hinson, Aimee Moore, Sam Murphy, Ashley-Jordon Packer, Emily Squibb, Jennifer Louise Jones, Brontë Lavine, Thomas-Lee Kidd, David McIntosh, Grace Swaby, India Thornton and Rhys West.
The role of Chip will be shared by Theo Querico, Manessah Mapira, Iesa Millar, Rojae Simpson and Joshua Smith.
Kojo said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing and working with Courtney but also the entire cast and meeting them not on Zoom but in person!!
Stapleton added: “Emmanuel and I know each other, we trained together but we haven’t seen each other since we left so it’s been really lovely to reconnect with him to go on this journey with him is going to be really exciting.”
The magical tale tells the story of a prince, cursed to live as a terrifying monster until he finds true love, and a village girl called Belle, who draws the cold-hearted beast out of his isolation with help from some enchanted servants.
Disney Theatrical are set to reunite the original creative team that originated the 1994 Broadway production for the new production.