21st May 2020 13:00 - 19th June 2020 13:00
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The Chichester Festival Youth Theatre production of Beauty and the Beast (adapted by Anna Ledwich, music and lyrics by Richard Taylor) will be streamed online from Chichester Festival Theatre from 21 May. Especially suitable for family audiences from ages 7 up, it will be available on CFT’s website for 30 days, and will be free to watch.
Rather than a traditional pantomime, Chichester is the only major theatre in the country to hand over its main stage to its Youth Theatre for the Christmas production, which is produced to the same high standard as Festival offerings and with a professional creative team. In 2017, the award-winning Chichester Festival Youth Theatre presented a brand new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast by Anna Ledwich (The Butterfly Lion) from the original fairy tale, with music and lyrics by Richard Taylor (Flowers for Mrs Harris).
A cursed prince sits alone in an enchanted castle, destined to remain in monstrous form until he can learn to love and be loved in return. But who could ever love a Beast? Prejudice, jealousy, compassion and love are woven through this magical story, studded with enchanting and deliciously scary characters.
Dale Rooks, whose work with CFYT includes Grimm Tales, Running Wild and Peter Pan, directs a cast of 72 young people in a visually spectacular show.
To connect with as many people as possible, the video will be captioned for Deaf/deaf and hard of hearing audiences, and Polish-language captions will also be available. An audio introductionswill help set the scene for blind and partially sighted audiences.