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Review Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Manchester Palace Theatre

Belle and the Beast on stage at a table
6 Apr 2022

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has landed in Manchester as part of its UK tour. We were invited along to check it and you can discover what we thought about this telling of the tale as old as time in our review.

Playing at the Manchester Opera House until Saturday 4th June, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast the stage show has been newly re-imagined by the original Broadway creative team for its current UK and Ireland tour.

Review Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Manchester Palace Theatre

Both I and my daughter are big fans of the Beauty and the Beast film, in fact, it is one of our favourite my favourite Disney films of all time.

We, therefore, headed to the theatre with high expectations and are glad to say we were not disappointed. 

For those unaware of the story Beauty and the Beast follows Belle, a young girl who loves to read. This along with her want to have a life of adventure rather than becoming a wife, makes her different to everyone else in her village. 

Her first adventure begins when she agrees to swap places with her father, who has been captured by the Beast – a prince who was cursed due to his shallow nature. 

The only way the Beast’s curse can be broken is if can fall in love and they truly love him back. 

Fans of the film will be glad to hear that the stage show follows the traditional Disney film story with some small changes, lots of extra comedy and additional songs which all fitted in well.

From the moment the show opened with Angela Lansbury’s (whose played the voice of Mrs Potts in the film) narration we knew were in for a treat. 

Belle is played by Courtney Stapleton and is perfectly cast. She encapsulates the charming and clever Belle with an air of extra whit and humour. Her skills didn’t just stop activing as she proved that she could also sing and dance.  

Shaq Taylor as the Beast was a pleasure to watch as he transformed from the gruff beastly entitled prince to the kind hearted vunerable man. His on stage chemisty with Stapleton’s Belle was both mesmorising and natural and his voice matched the role perfectly.

The villian of the story, Gaston was taken on by Tom Senior and he projected all the arrogance of this vain character that we love to hate.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has landed in Manchester as part of its UK tour. We were invited along to check it and you can discover what we thought about this telling of the tale as old as time in our review.


Playing at the Manchester Opera House until Saturday 4th June, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast the stage show has been newly re-imagined by the original Broadway creative team for its current UK and Ireland tour.

Review Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Manchester Palace Theatre

Both I and my daughter are big fans of the Beauty and the Beast film, in fact, it is one of our favourite my favourite Disney films of all time.

We, therefore, headed to the theatre with high expectations and are glad to say we were not disappointed. 

For those unaware of the story Beauty and the Beast follows Belle, a young girl who loves to read. This along with her want to have a life of adventure rather than becoming a wife, makes her different to everyone else in her village. 

Her first adventure begins when she agrees to swap places with her father, who has been captured by the Beast – a prince who was cursed due to his shallow nature. 

The only way the Beast’s curse can be broken is if can fall in love and they truly love him back. 

Fans of the film will be glad to hear that the stage show follows the traditional Disney film story with some small changes, lots of extra comedy and additional songs which all fitted in well.

From the moment the show opened with Angela Lansbury’s (whose played the voice of Mrs Potts in the film) narration we knew were in for a treat. 

Belle is played by Courtney Stapleton and is perfectly cast. She encapsulates the charming and clever Belle with an air of extra whit and humour. Her skills didn’t just stop activing as she proved that she could also sing and dance.  

Shaq Taylor as the Beast was a pleasure to watch as he transformed from the gruff beastly entitled prince to the kind hearted vunerable man. His on stage chemisty with Stapleton’s Belle was both mesmorising and natural and his voice matched the role perfectly.

Tom Senior as Gaston and Louis Stockil as Le Fou lead the company in Disneys Beauty and the Beast Photo Johan Persson Disney

The villian of the story, Gaston was taken on by Tom Senior and he projected all the arrogance of this vain character that we love to hate.

No Beauty and the Beast show would be complete would be complete without the enchanted furniture. Lumiere (Gavin Lee) and Cogworth (Nigel Richards) made a great comedy duo and gained some of the big laughs of the evening. 

Mrs Potts (X Factor winner Sam Bailey) sang a beautiful ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and Chip played by Rojae Simpson (and whose body seem to magically disappear) also deserve a mention. 

The amazing performances were equally matched by the staging with the Disney magic being in abundance. Combinations of backdrops, lighting, special affects and rotating floors moved the audience seemsley from scence to scene. 

Gavin Lee as Lumiere and Courtney Stapleton as Belle lead the company in Disneys Beauty and the Beast Photo Johan Persson Disney

As in the film, the big number of the night is Be Our Guest and what a number it was. Nearly 10 minutes long it felt like a caberet show in itself and no expense was spared. Perfectly choregraphed, it featured ballet, tap, gymnastics and a truly amazing routine on a rotating floor which was recorded above and shown on a huge screen. It was easy to forget that you were not watching a film. 

The wow factors didn’t stop there. The Beast’s transitions captured the whole audience’s attention glued to the stage and the forest wolf scene was like nothing I seen before. 

Both I and my nine year old was entralled without and it was no surprise that the whole cast received a well deserving standing ovation. 

Whether you are Disney fan or not, Beauty and the Beast is must a see and one you don’t want to miss.

What Age is Beauty and the Beast Musical Aimed At? 

Beauty and the Beast stage show is reccomended for children aged 6 and over and the under 3’s will not be permitted into the theatre. 

The show does include some loud bangs and flashes of light. The scenes in the forest featuring the wolves and the end fighting scene maybe frightening to some younger children. 

How Long is Beauty and the Beast Musical On For? 

Beauty and the Beast runs for 2.5 hours including the interval. Evening shows starting at 7.30pm will end around 10.00pm worth noting if taking smaller children. 

Booking Tickets for Beauty and the Beast Musical On For? 

You can catch Beauty and the Beast at Palace Theatre Manchester until Saturday 4th June. See here for more details and to purchase tickets. 


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