Think about a cross between traditional child's story, a pantomime, rock and roll songs, and an amazing musical cast! That was the show we went to see!
On Monday night after the first day of our course, we went to a Pantomime in the Leeds City Variety Hall in the center of Leeds. This pantomime was basically telling the story of Beauty and the Beast but combined with Rock and Roll songs!
One of my favorite actors (although I liked all of them) was the Dame. Dame Bessie Bigbreaths was played by Simon Nock, Simon has been involved in various other performances that the company has put on, and for the past 4 years has played the Dame! Some of his other acting jobs can include Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and also played Henry III in a special Terrible Tudors program, and was also in Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them
Every couple of scenes, the cast would sing/play the music for various popular songs that would relate to that certain scene for example, when the Beast met Beauty, the Beast sung ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ by Guns ‘N’ Roses. I really enjoyed this performance, because all the music was played live on stage by the 10 different cast members, and there was a variety of music that a lot of adults knew, and some music that the younger audiences knew. The Leeds City Variety Hall have put on other Rock ‘n’ Roll performances of other well-known books and pantomimes including Cinderella and Aladdin. The theatre that we saw the performance in used to be a variety hall, so the stage is sloped towards the audiences. Many stages that were built in the Middle-Ages and early Modern Ages slope towards the audience.
This improves the view and sound for the audience but would probably make any props with wheels a bit of a problem!
Overall, I personally loved the production, and would most definitely want to go see it again. I would recommend it to all age groups, because there are jokes and songs for everyone! If you are ever in Leeds, and fancy a trip to make you smile, definitely look to see if they are in town!