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Beauty and the Beast comes to Essex Hall Theatre

Beauty and the Beast by Laurence Boswell

Beauty and the Beast brings the magic of theatre to a new audience with sensory-limited relaxed performance Nov. 29 to Dec. 8, 2019.

University Players offers audience members a new theatrical experience with Relaxed performances of Beauty and the Beast. The latest production of Laurence Boswell’s version of the classic tale brings the story to life with breathtaking movement and music, and an opportunity for guests who require a limited sensory environment to access live theatre that supports their individual needs.

4th year Drama in Education student Sarah Richards is responsible for the new format. As a House Manager with University Players, she has seen the challenges that face audience members with individual needs. “I wanted to make theatre an accessible experience for everyone. Theatre affected me deeply growing up – I don’t think I would be the person I am today without the experiences I had, and I want to bring that opportunity to all families, without limitations.”

Director Monica Dottor dusts off the well-known story and takes us on a journey from Beauty’s childhood home into the palace of a magical and terrifying Beast. There Beauty must find her way through a dreamlike world of magical mirrored rooms, enchanted objects, and fantastic food, to confront the Beast and free the Prince trapped within. Surprises are found behind revolving panels of the playing space, as Beauty discovers the true nature of the Beast, her desires, her dreams – and herself.

Beauty and the Beast opens November 29 with an 8pm performance at Essex Hall Theatre. The November 30th matinee at 2 pm will be a relaxed performance. The show runs approximately 2 hours. Recommended for ages 7+. Tickets are on sale now. Kids tickets are just $8, and regular price tickets start at $19.

Directed by Monica Dottor.

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