Beauty & The Beast
by Bob Bishop published May 2011
Suitable for All Groups
A witty and inventive version of the familiar fairytale with an original score composed by Bob McNeil Watson and lyrics by the author.
The story is narrated by a Minstrel, of Gilbert Cornwallis, a wealthy merchant who gambles away everything he owns. A kindly widow, Aggie Bending, allows him and his three beautiful daughters to stay rent-free in her cottage in the country. Aggies son, Simon, returns from soldiering with a small fortune and courts each of Gilberts daughters, Patience, Charity and Beauty. Gilbert sets off to London to sell his last possession, a locket. On the way he rests for the night at Castle Beastly. The Beast, although fearsome in appearance, is a kind man at heart, but is furious when Gilbert steals a rose for his favourite daughter, Beauty. He allows Gilbert to leave only if he brings him as a hostage the first living creature to greet him on his return home. Guess who that turns out to be?
Players: 4 male 4 female 4 male or female (plus other minor characters)
Cast: The Minstrel, Gilbert Cornwallis (a merchant), Beauty, Patience & Charity (Gilberts daughters), Willie & Wally (the bailiffs), Aggie Bending (a widow), Simon (her son), Reuben Dwile (a countryman), The Beast, Mrs Fester (his servant).
Sets: Cornwallis house, market square, Castle Beastly
Period: 18th century England
Running Time: Two hours
Notes: Production notes supplied
Download Sample Script: Beauty & The Beast