You can see Beauty and the Beast live on stage at Unity Theatre this Christmas

Unity Theatre, Action Transport Theatre and DaDaFest look at an age-old fairy tale classic with new eyes this Christmas, from 30 November to 5 January at Unity Theatre.

If you think you know Beauty and the Beast – think again! Friendship – not just love – is in the air, as our two central characters take the form of two unlikely friends who put their differences aside in this heart-warming festive production.

Unity and Action Transport Theatre are once again providing a warming seasonal alternative to the panto this Christmas. The accomplished creative partnership have five Christmas collaborations under their belt, including the sold-out Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf, and The Jungle Book, which was described by The Stage as “a gift to children of all ages“. Once again, the Christmas production is entirely home-grown. Every element, from the script, score, lights and sound are produced by the team, and we are delighted to be collaborating once again with third year students from Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts for the show’s set design.

The familiar themes of beauty being skin deep, and not judging a book by its cover, shine through – but once again, with a twist. Physical deformity and outward beastliness take a back seat, and give way to other things that might make a person ‘ugly’ – anger, resentment and bitterness.

Produced in partnership with innovative disability arts organisation DaDaFest, Beauty and the Beast shows that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and that everyone’s attitude can, at times, be beastly!

Gordon Millar, Artistic Director and CEO of Unity Theatre, comments:
“This production of Beauty and the Beast will be our sixth festive collaboration with Action Transport Theatre. Together we’ve built a reputation for creating charming Christmas productions with real character that provide an authentic alternative to the seasonal panto. We’re thrilled to be joined this year by DaDa Fest, a leading disability arts organisation with an outstanding track record of creating cutting edge theatre.”

Nina Hajiyianni, Artistic Director of Action Transport Theatre, comments:

“We are delighted to be co-producing Unity Theatre’s Christmas show once again this year. This wonderful partnership has created such successes as Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf and last year’s The Jungle Book, and we’re enormously excited to present this re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. The addition of cutting edge disability arts organisation DaDaFest makes this year’s production doubly exciting, and audiences are in for a real treat.”

Join us this Christmas for one of the most wonderful stories ever told! Tickets available from Unity Theatre.

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