Courtney Stapleton and Emmanuel Kojo will play the iconic lead roles, Belle and the Beast, in Disney’s spectacular new UK & Ireland production of Beauty and the Beast.
Courtney’s credits include Dear Evan Hansen, Six, Les Misérables and Bat Out of Hell. And Emmanuel is best known for performing in Oklahoma!, Girl from the North Country, Show Boat and The Scottsboro Boys.
Also announced are Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins, SpongeBob SquarePants, the Broadway Musical, Les Misérables) as Lumiere and Tom Senior (The Pirates of Penzance, Eugenius!) who will be Gaston.
Sam Bailey (The X-Factor winner 2013, Blood Brothers) will play 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) will take the role of Maurice, Samantha Bingley (Martha In The Secret Garden) will be Wardrobe, Emma Caffrey (Curtains, 42nd Street, Funny Girl) will be Babette and Louis Stockil (Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia!) will play Le Fou.
The highly anticipated production has been re-imagined and redesigned by the original award winning creative team. Olivier Award nominee Matt West will direct and choreograph, 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.
Matt West said “I am so excited today to announce Courtney, Emmanuel and the whole company who will bring our new production of Beauty to life later this year. We have a vibrant and exciting cast, and I look forward to working with them and our original creative team to reimagine the show for today.”
Beauty and the Beast will open at The Bristol Hippodrome on 25 August 2021 with a national press night on 29 August 2021. It will then play dates in Liverpool, Edinburgh, Wales and Dublin. Further dates and venues to be announced. Rumours persist Disney intends for the show to return to the West End after Mary Poppins concludes its West End season.
Tickets for Beauty and the Beast are now on sale.