Beauty and the Beast


ISBN: 9781848421578
Author: By Lucy Kirkwood, Katie Mitchell
Publication Date: 2/12/2010
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 80pp.
Availability: Available


Lucy Kirkwood’s delightful version of the classic fairytale, first seen in a production devised and directed by Katie Mitchell at the National Theatre for Christmas 2010.

‘I expect you have been told fairytales before. But you have never really heard a fairytale until you have heard it told by a real fairy.’ 

The theft of a single rose has monstrous consequences for Beauty and her father. Because this is no ordinary rose…and this is no ordinary fairytale. Narrated by a pair of mischievous fairies, a very helpful Rabbit, and a Thoughtsnatcher machine, this timeless story is sure to surprise, delight and enchant.

A wild and twisted tale, full of exciting and intriguing challenges for drama groups wishing to stage their own production.

Lucy Kirkwood’s Beauty and the Beast was first performed at the National Theatre, London, in December 2010.

‘Chock-full of clever ideas’

‘Clever, fast and endearing, with grand insults and proper jeopardy.’
The Times

‘The story is beautifully and touchingly told… a continuously inventive delight’

‘This new devised version is blessed with a sassy script by Lucy Kirkwood… Beauty-fully done’
Evening Standard

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