Birmingham Royal Ballet: Beauty and the Beast at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh Review

13-16 March 2019


Reviewed by Lynsey Miller

A terrifying beast is living in solitude after being cursed and transformed from a prince. After capturing a merchant for stealing a rose The Beast demands the merchant exchange his youngest daughter’s freedom for his own life. Locked up with in his castle a relationship begins to bloom between the frightened and beautiful young Belle and this horrifying Beast. But Belle must declare her love and break the curse before the Beast dies.

Choreographed by David Bintley, the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s adaption of this classic fairy-tale was mesmerising. The music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia was powerful, complimenting the choreography wonderfully. The stage setting was perfect – suitably gothic with just the right amount of grandness. The costumes exquisite. And the dancing simply breath taking.

Delia Mathews and Tyrone Singleton dance the principle roles so beautifully. You are captivated as they effortlessly waltz around the stage surrounded by an array of wonderful creatures who equally as talented.

The Festival Theatre is a modern spacious theatre with a few bars to choose from which provide a nice space to socialise before and during the interval of the show. Being in the city centre it also has an array of bars and restaurants around it for pre and post show drinks and food. It is easily accessible by public transport and is surrounded by on street parking however spaces close by can at times be difficult to find.

I had a wonderful night at the Festival Theatre watching this enchanting story magically come to live through captivating dancing and music. I was mesmerized beginning to end and can’t wait for the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s next creations. I would give my evening 5 out of 5 stars and would definitely recommend to friends and family.

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £21.50 to £49 (booking fees may apply).

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Beauty and the Beast is at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh from 13-16 March 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.

Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT | 0131 529 6000

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