Beastly way to spend Christmas at Dukes

Disney "Beauty & the Beast 3D" (L-R) Belle & the Beast. �2011 Disney. All Rights Reserved.''Seven Days - April 28.
Disney "Beauty & the Beast 3D" (L-R) Belle & the Beast. �2011 Disney. All Rights Reserved.''Seven Days - April 28.

A beastly tale beautifully told will entertain audiences at The Dukes in Lancaster this festive season.

Beauty and the Beast, which runs from November 20-January 2, is a classic fairytale full of adventure, fun, wonderful characters and drama.

The audience is invited to join Belle as she leaves her family and ventures deep into the forest towards the magical castle.

There she confronts the Beast, a grizzly and gruesome creature who’s in hiding from the world.

Can the Beast soften and change during Belle’s stay in his home or must Belle look beyond his grotesque appearance to what really matters?

Performed in The Round, this new version of Beauty and the Beast has been adapted by the Lancaster-based writer and father-of-two, Eddie Robson.

It promises to be a feel good festive treat for all the family and is the perfect Christmas play for anyone aged five-plus.

Beauty and the Beast is the fourth Dukes Christmas production in The Round to be directed by Joe Sumsion who saw a version of this fairytale when he made his first ever theatre visit to The Dukes in 1973 aged five.

He said: “Beauty and the Beast is about the idea of true beauty and how it could be that a young, beautiful woman would fall for a hideous beast.

“Presenting this story in The Round, with the audience in touching distance of the characters, will give it an extra frisson.” For tickets ring The Dukes Box Office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org.