Beauty and the Beast

Ballet Cymru presents a sparkling and refreshing ballet based on the eternal fairy tale.

Beauty and the Beast” toured to over 50 venues in the UK during 2011 to record audiences and overwhelming critical acclaim. The production also toured to Italy playing to 1026 people in Trieste and 987 in Como.

A ruined merchant, lost and desperate in a deep forest; an exquisite garden by a magical palace; an enchanted Beast, furious and lonely; a promise to the merchant’s youngest daughter, Beauty: a perfect red rose – so the scene is set for the greatest love story ever told.

Like Cinderella, the tale of Beauty and the Beast is one of the best known stories in the world.

In 1946 the legendary film maker Jean Cocteau added to the myth by creating the masterpiece that is “La Belle et la Bête” using much of the imagery that was later copied by Disney for their film version in 1991.

Ballet Cymru bring to life this timeless story using the company’s unique blend of classical technique and storytelling.

“Beauty and the Beast’ features choreography by Creative Wales Award winner Darius James, costumes by Welsh designer Steve Denton and a haunting score by composer David Westcott.

Join us in a world of myth, magic and beasts!

‘Beauty and the Beast is a treat and joy. Inventive ballet at its best; fresh and original and alive.’
Roderic Dunnett, May 2014

I have seen three Beauties and Beasts over the years but @balletcymru‘s this evening was by far the most enjoyable.’
Jane Lambert via Twitter June 2014


Choreography Darius James, Amy Doughty
Music David Westcott
Costume and Set Design Steve Denton
Lighting Design Chris Illingworth
Photography Janire Najera & Matt Wright
A Ballet Cymru Riverfront Theatre co-production