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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Beauty and the Beast

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

A cruel prince, cursed to spend the rest of his life living in a fantastical castle with the animals he callously hunted, finds salvation in the heart of a beautiful girl. Read more …

Caught stealing a single rose, Belle’s father exchanges his daughter’s freedom for his own life. In his distant castle the Beast, stripped of his very humanity, must win her heart, or spend the rest of his life in bitter solitude...

Transformations, wild waltzes, soaring birds and a relationship between Belle and the Beast that is at first terrifying, but ultimately serene and beautiful, all combine in this darkly beautiful family fairytale.

All performances feature live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

The critical consensus

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s rendition of Beauty and the Beast may not be the one you remember from Disney but this dark and haunting tale is still wonderfully magical.

****(*)Sarah Moyes, All Edinburgh Theatre, 14/03/2019

The Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production has been crafted to exceedingly tall standards. This not only has the potential for true enchantment, but it also has the capability to craft its own take on the tale for thousands to enjoy.

****(*)Dominic Corr, The Reviews Hub, 14/03/2019

Opulent ballet is miles from Disney but still finds space for levity.

****(*)Kelly Apter, The List, 14/03/2019

Features about Birmingham Royal Ballet: Beauty and the Beast

Birmingham Royal Ballet's pared-down Beauty and the Beast aims to engage younger viewers.

Kelly Apter, The List, 07/03/2019

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Beauty and the Beast 'has a dark and mysterious edge'.

Kelly Apter, The List, 11/03/2019

Where and when?

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh from Wednesday March 13, 2019, until Saturday March 16, 2019. More info:

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