Courtney Stapleton who is currently starring in the UK touring production will continue in the role of Belle. Her numerous West End credits include Dear Evan Hansen (Noel Coward Theatre), Bat Out of Hell (Dominion Theatre), Six (Arts Theatre), Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre), and Mamma Ma! (Novello Theatre).
The role of the Beast will be played by Shaq Taylor whose theatre credits include Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse), Girl from The North Country (Gielgud Theatre) and Hadestown (National Theatre).
Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins, SpongeBob SquarePants, the Broadway Musical, Les Misérables) plays Lumiere and Tom Senior (The Pirates of Penzance, Eugenius!) is Gaston.
Sam Bailey (The X-Factor winner 2013, Blood Brothers) plays the legendary role of Mrs Potts, with Nigel Richards (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables) as Cogsworth.
Martin Ball (Les Misérables, Wicked, Top Hat) takes the role of Maurice, Samantha Bingley (Martha In The Secret Garden) is Wardrobe, Emma Caffrey (Curtains, 42nd Street, Funny Girl) is Babette and Louis Stockil (Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia!) plays Le Fou.
The full company is completed with Richard Astbury, Sarah Benbelaid, Jake Bishop, Pamela Blair, Liam Buckland, Jasmine Davis, Matthew Dawkins, Autumn Draper, Daisy Edwards, Alyn Hawke, George Hinson, Jennifer Louise Jones, Brontë Lavine, Thomas-Lee Kidd, David McIntosh, Aimee Moore, Sam Murphy, Ashley-Jordon Packer, Emily Squibb, Grace Swaby, India Thornton and Rhys West.
Filled with daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance, Beauty and the Beast features all the songs from the Academy Award-winning classic film including “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast” plus new music written for this production. The show even features Dame Angela Lansbury who provides the voice of the narrator.
Beauty and the Beast will open in the West End on 24 June 2022 and play until 17 September 2022 at the London Palladium.
More news to follow.