Beauty & The Beast
by Stephen Curtis published January 2014
Suitable for All Groups
The story's beautiful, and so is the heroine. The hero's beastly and the humour's wicked. It's a play of contrasts. It's a play of transformations. It's a play when wishes all come true, especially the audience's wish to be royally entertained!
An elderly merchant wanders into a castle and is ambushed by a hideous beast. He dies unless he promises to return with whatever or whomever he first sets eyes on when he gets home. Back home there are multifarious goings-on involving a poetical narrator, a country bumpkin, Myrtle the musical milkmaid and a pantomime cow called Pat; not to mention the merchant's exquisite daughter Beauty and her two Ugly Sisters. It is fated, of course, that the first thing the merchant sees is Beauty. Back she must go to the gloomy castle, the Beast and the wicked witch his mother. But Beauty is a little ray of sunshine and looks likely to upset all the witch's plans. Then she sees in a magic mirror that her father is gravely ill at home. Hardly has she got back to her native village, however, than the same mirror shows her the Beast pining away. Back she goes again; and well you all know what happens ...
Players: 4 male 6 female 3 male or female
Sets: Mr Stonybrokes cottage & Castaway Castle
Period: 18th century England
Running Time: 2 hours
Notes: Production notes supplied
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