Disney’s much-loved stage musical Beauty and the Beast is back in the West End this Summer, playing the London Palladium from 24 June until 17 September 2022.
The Olivier Award winning show has been re-imagined and re-designed in a completely new production, staged by members of the original award-winning creative team.
Disney has released a new trailer for the 2022 production, and the show is looking as gorgeous as ever.
New Beauty and the Beast Trailer
The show is currently on a major UK tour, which opened at the Bristol Hippodrome in August last year.
The show boasts spectacular new designs and state-of-the-art technology, to tell the timeless and romantic tale of Belle and her Beast.
Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins, SpongeBob SquarePants, Les Misérables) plays Lumiere, 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, Nigel Richards (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables) is Cogsworth, Martin Ball (Les Misérables, Wicked, Top Hat) is Maurice, Samantha Bingley (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.
Olivier Award nominee Matt West directs and choreographs this new production, leading a team that includes composer Alan Menken, lyricist Tim Rice, bookwriter Linda Woolverton, scenic designer Stan Meyer, costume designer Ann Hould-Ward and lighting designer Natasha Katz. The team collectively received five Tony® nominations and a win for Hould-Ward’s costume design, when Disney first debuted Beauty and the Beast on Broadway 28 years ago.
Completing the design team, Tony®-winner John Shivers is sound designer, Darryl Maloney is the video and projections designer, and David H. Lawrence is hair designer. Jim Steinmeyer is the illusions designer, as he was on the original 1994 production. Casting for the production is by Pippa Ailion Casting.
The original West End production of Beauty and the Beast opened at the Dominion Theatre in April 1997, playing over 1100 performances to more than two million people. It won the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Musical and enjoyed a hugely successful UK & Ireland tour in 2001.