Beasts and Beauties

Beasts and  Beauties


Retold by Carol Ann Duffy
Dramatised by Melly  Still and Tim Supple
Directed by Melly Still and designed by Melly Still  and Anna Fleischle with lighting by Chris Davey, sound by Matt McKenzie and  music composed by Dave Price.

Thursday 1 December 2011–Saturday 7 January 2012  

Following unanimous critical acclaim and with a clear  mandate from the public, Carol Ann Duffy’s  Beasts and Beauties, dramatised by Melly Still and TimSupple,  returns to Hampstead Theatre Main House for the Festive Season.

Adapted by Poet  Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Still recreates a grisly and gruesome, hilarious and  hair-raisingly funny otherworld, carved from sixdark and dangerous fairy tales  from across Europe.  These beautifully realised uproarious stories have  thrilled and chilled children and adults for generations. Encounter Bluebeard’s creepy castle with that irresistible locked room and the ludicrous  vanity of a (naked) Emperor; see the horrible Beast who yearns for love and the farmer who thought he’d swap work for housekeeping so he could have a rest!   Someone usually lives happily ever after in these enjoyably macabre  tales, but not everyone, and not always

Returning to the cast are Jack  Tarlton, who reprises his show stopping performance as the Emperor in The Emperor’s New Clothes and as The Beast in Beauty and The Beast,   Kelly Williams, Jason Thorpe, Justin Avoth and Rhiannon  Harper-Rafferty,  with new cast members Jake Harders and Michelle Bonnard  joining the fun.

Melly Still  is one of the UK’s leading  theatre-makers with a hugely successful reputation for producing imaginative,  visual theatre for all the family with such hits as Grimm Tales (Young  Vic), More Grimm Tales (Young Vic) and Coram Boy at the National and Broadway. Other stage credits include Zaide  (Sadler’s Wells), Nation (National) Rusalka (Glyndebourne),  Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith), The Revenger’s Tragedy (National  Theatre), Watership Down (Lyric Hammersmith) and Alice in  Wonderland (Bristol Old Vic).

Award-winning British poet and  playwright, Carol Ann Duffy's stage credits include The Magic Flute  (Opera North), Grimm Tales and More Grimm Tales (Young Vic),  Take My Husband (1982), Cavern of Dreams (1984), Little  Women, Big Boys (1986).  Her poetry collections include  Rapture, The World Wife (1999), Standing Female Nude  (1985), The Other Country and Mean Time.  She was awarded  an OBE in 1995, a CBE in 2001 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of  Literature in 1999.  Carol Ann Duffy was appointed Britain’s Poet Laureate in May 2009.

Dates: 1 Decmber 2011 – 7 January 2012
Times: Evenings 7pm.  Matinee times vary, please visit website or contact the theatre.
Prices: Previews (to 6 December) Adults £18 Children
              Mon–Sat – Adults £24 Children £12 Families (4 People) £60  Concessions available
To Book:  Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue,  London, NW3 3EU  Box Office: 020  7722 9301
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