Be our guest: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Musical heads to London West End for limited season

Cogsworth (Nigel Richards), Mrs Potts (Sam Bailey) and Lumiere (Gavin Lee) on stage in Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s Olivier Award-winning Beauty and the Beast stage musical is heading to London, as part of its 2022 UK tour. Performances will begin at the Palladium June 24, running until September 17 2022.

Re-imagined and re-designed, this new stage production promises state-of-the-art technology and boasts new dance arrangements by David Chase, including an all new tap routine within ‘Be Our Guest’, created for lauded tapper Gavin Lee (who plays Lumiere).

Courtney Stapleton and Shaq Taylor take the lead roles. Stapleton’s credits include Dear Evan Hansen, Six, Les Misérables and Bat Out of Hell, while Taylor is best known for performing in Girl from the North Country, Hadestown and Hex.

Tom Senior (The Pirates of Penzance) is Gaston, Sam Bailey takes on the role of Mrs Potts,  while Nigel Richards (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables) is Cogsworth.

Martin Ball (Les Misérables, Wicked, Top Hat) takes the role of Maurice, Samantha Bingley (Martha In The Secret Garden) is Wardrobe, Emma Caffrey (Funny Girl) is Babette and Louis Stockil (Mamma Mia!) plays Le Fou.

Olivier Award nominee Matt West directs and choreographs this new production, leading a team that includes composer Alan Menken, lyricist Tim Rice, book writer Linda Woolverton, scenic designer Stan Meyer, costume designer Ann Hould-Ward and lighting designer Natasha Katz. 

The team collectively received five Tony nominations and a win for Hould-Ward’s costume design, when Disney first debuted Beauty and the Beast on Broadway 28 years ago.

The full company is completed with Richard Astbury, Sarah Benbelaid, Jake Bishop, Pamela Blair, Liam Buckland, Jasmine Davis, Matthew Dawkins, Autumn Draper, Daisy Edwards, Alyn Hawke, George Hinson, Jennifer Louise Jones, Brontë Lavine, Thomas-Lee Kidd, David McIntosh, Aimee Moore, Sam Murphy, Ashley-Jordon Packer, Emily Squibb, Grace Swaby, India Thornton and Rhys West.

Re-imagined and re-designed, this new stage production employs state-of-the-art technology and boasts new dance arrangements…

Beauty and the Beast was part of Disney’s animation renaissance, which also included Aladdin, The Lion King and Hunchback of Notre Dame.

The structure of the story and score, as conceived for the 1991 film by its executive producer and lyricist Howard Ashman, was notable for making songs integral to plot and characterisation. 

The original West End production opened at the Dominion Theatre in April 1997, playing over 1100 performances to more than two million people. It won the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Musical and enjoyed a hugely successful UK & Ireland tour in 2001.

Based on the 1991 film, the first animated feature ever nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, Beauty and the Beast opened on Broadway in April 1994 and scored nine Tony nominations and one win. It played for more than 13 years on Broadway, closing in 2007.

Beauty and the Beast: 2022 Tour and London season dates

Thursday 20 January – Saturday 19 February 2022
Sunderland Empire
Box Office: 03330 096 690

Thursday 3 – Saturday 26 March 2022
Birmingham Hippodrome
Box Office: 0844 338 5000

Thursday 31 March – Saturday 4 June 2022
Manchester Palace Theatre
Box Office: 0333 009 6690

Friday 24 June – Saturday 17 September 2022
London Palladium

Tickets will go on-sale for London at 10am on Friday January 28. Be amongst the first to access tickets at

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