Beauty and the Beast | Theatre Review


By Abby Wilson

Beauty and the Beast Hits New Theatre, Cardiff with a Bang!

Are you ready for this year’s panto? Oh no you’re not? Oh yes you are! An all-time favourite Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast, featuring some of our most-loved famous faces comes to the New Theatre, Cardiff, for the holiday season. Packed full of laughter and music, with happiness and joy aplenty, it’s a brilliant way to get into the Christmas spirit! Who doesn’t love a good pantomime?

Shown at the New Theatre, in Cardiff City Centre, starring Lisa Riley, British television presenter and Emmerdale actress and Gareth Thomas, one of the most iconic figures in world rugby. Some New Theatre’s legends are also back, with panto favourites Ben Richards, Mike Doyle, Danny Bayne and Stephanie Webber also starring, this is something you definitely do not want to miss!

A slight twist on the popular Disney classic, this magical tale follows Belle and her friends as they transport to a cursed castle and are held captive by a hideous beast. Will Belle see beyond the monster and fall in love with him before the petals fall from the enchanted rose? Watch and find out!

Who said that pantomimes are just for kids? Packed with the necessary pantomime ingredients: lots of laughter, dazzling costumes, fun, frivolity, and most of all, quality entertainment for the whole family. Dancing, singing and audience participation galore, get ready to greet Mike Doyle with an “Allriiighhtttt” and laugh so much your cheeks ache! Witness Gareth Thomas and his uncontrollable laughter as he struggles to get his words out following comical scenes involving chocolate bars and pots and pans (you have to be there to see it). You’ll probably find yourself laughing more than the kids! With sequins and sparkles, fire and smoke, it’s a chance to see Gareth Thomas’ six-pack, Lisa Riley’s amazing dance moves and Mike Doyle’s talking bosoms!

Tuck into some delicious ice cream as you sing along to some of your favourite songs. With a familiar blend of pop songs and tracks from 2017 hit The Greatest Showman, the casts’ beautiful singing guarantees goose-bumps. Whether it’s Baby Shark (the viral hit), Bang Bang by Jessie J, or Clean Bandit’s Symphony, get ready for a sing-a-long!

A fast-paced, well-performed, spell-binding, seasonal extravaganza, taking pantomimes to a new level of greatness! The enthusiasm is infectious. Without doubt, it is definitely the best panto I have ever seen!

The New Theatre possesses the perfect atmosphere, and with afternoon and evening shows, it’s a must-see. Family deals and discounts for children and over 60s are available. Is it really Christmas if you haven’t been to see a panto? Or what about some fun to brighten up the New Year? Beauty and the Beast is showing until Sunday 13 January 2019, so what are you waiting for? Watch out for the Kraken!

A solid 5 stars!

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