Beauty and the Beast rediscovers the enchanting and magical aspects of the story, exploring the values that lie at its heart: the battle between forces of good and evil and that true love can conquer all.
The ballet tells of a young prince who is transformed into a beast as a punishment for his arrogance and cursed to live alone in his castle until the spell is broken by the sacrifice of true love. In Beauty’s presence, the Beast remembers the joy he once had, and his willingness to sacrifice his life for her permits his final transformation back to a handsome prince.
Audiences will be transported into an enchanting world of colour, inhabited by fairies, goblins and sprites, with an elaborate mirrored set, and haute couture-style costumes designed by Nixon.
Nixon said: “I wanted to create a family show which would be equally popular with both children and adults alike. Beauty and the Beast is a classic fairytale of good versus evil, exploring the concept of beauty on the inside and the outside. This is not an adaptation of the Disney version of the story – it is based on the original tale and will embrace the darker elements, as well as the lighter moments.
“As a family ballet, Beauty and the Beast follows in the footsteps of The Nutcracker, Peter Pan and A Christmas Carol.
The show will be accompanied by a score from Saint-Säens, Bizet, Debussy and Glazunov, played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia.
Beauty and the Beast is at The Marlowe Theatre at 7.30pm from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 November, with 2.30pm matinees on the Thursday and Saturday. Tickets, priced from £16.50 to £38.50 (concessions available), are from the Box Office on 01227 787787 or at marlowetheatre.com.