Beauty and the Beast
Fast-moving and hilarious, this recent pantomime version sets new standards for the famous title.
This inspirational new script brings Beauty & the Beast well and truly into the realm of traditional panto, whilst being packed with originality and comedy to die for!
Many new twists are turned along the way, ensuring a side-splitting and action-packed adventure, together with some dramatic and tender moments. Several imaginative new characters provide added laughter, in addition to an unusual visual comedy scene in the Beauty Parlour, guaranteed to bring the house down!
Belle’s two outrageously common sisters provide rare comedy roles for women and the principals and Chorus remain fully involved throughout the story.
Full cast and scenery requirements are listed below
Many productions of this script have won NODA and drama federation awards, including Kinver Light Operatic Society, The Performing Arts Company, Leighton Buzzard Drama Group, Sleaford Little Theatre, DE Caversmill Theatre Company and The Bolsover Drama Group (all of whom won NODA “Best Pantomime”)!
"...Wow! Beauty & the Beast by Alan P Frayn uses traditional and modern elements to create a wonderful show, fizzing with energy from start to finish. The beast was movingly portrayed and a splendidly traditional Madame Fifi was full of fun and good clean smut!” (Somerset County Gazette)
New Mills AO&DS
Verwood Pantomime Society
EXCERPT from Act I Scene 1: The Village of Franglais-sur-Mer © Alan P Frayn
Scenes (Notes on simplified scenery are also included in the script)
AMATEUR STAGE MAGAZINE WROTE ...
“…The all-important factor for me in any panto is always the story, which in this case is straight forward, well written and clear. The script has a good gag rate to keep the titters going and there is room for cameo appearances (the Sisters and Beauticians in particular) to shine through without detracting or overpowering the plot. In all, there are 14 principal roles, enough to keep any group happy.”
The pace rattles through quite briskly, but there’s still room for some traditional scenes, such as the ‘I’m not here’ routine and a trip to the Beauty Salon for the Dame and the comedy Sisters. Plus, of course, an ‘it’s behind you’ scene. It’s not always easy to establish who the baddie is in ‘Beauty’, but here the duties are spread between the Sisters, Gustave and Belladonna, the wicked enchantress. Gustave and the Sisters are suitably punished by ending up with each other!
As well as the music, there are also detailed suggestions and notes to help with the staging. There’s a props list, detailed notes on set design and suggestions on how to build the specialist props – it’s all there to help. No-one is going to say there isn’t enough supportive info here, or that they were left not knowing what to do!
In short, this would be a lively and amusing panto for any group to stage.”