Chichester Festival Youth Theatre

Beauty and the Beast

A new adaptation from the original fairy tale

Book by Anna Ledwich
Music & Lyrics by Richard Taylor

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A magnificent evening of pure theatrical magic. There can be no better way of heading into the festive season.

Brighton Argus

Quite simply stunning

Chichester Observer

Great family entertainment

Portsmouth News

A fabulous fairytale told anew

Chichester Post

If ever there was a feel-good production to get you in the festive spirit, then this is it.

Chichester News

Beauty - promise me - look with your heart, not with your eyes...

This December we continue our much-loved Christmas tradition of handing over the Festival Theatre to our award-winning Chichester Festival Youth Theatre. CFYT follow up their five-star summer production of Grimm Tales for Young and Old with a twist on another favourite fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast.

You may think you know the story but director Dale Rooks has a few surprises in store in this brand new version adapted from the original fairy tale by Anna Ledwich, with music and lyrics by Richard Taylor.

A foolish prince cursed to a life alone in a castle; a kind and beautiful girl who asks her father for nothing but a rose. One must learn to love and be loved in return, the other needs to realise there’s more than meets the eye. It’s a tale of magic, compassion and love, full of enchanting characters, marvellous musical numbers and some deliciously scary moments, guaranteed to delight the whole family.

Following the huge success of Peter Pan last year and A Christmas Carol in 2015, Dale Rooks has reunited set designer Simon Higlett and costume designer Ryan Dawson Laight to deliver a visually spectacular production. Don’t miss out on the theatrical event of the festive season.

Ages 7+


Prologue tickets now on sale

Theatrical magic that not only enchants first time youngsters but also delights older theatre goers.

Brighton Argus on Grimm Tales for Young and Old

Cast & Creatives

Creative team

Cast List

Anna Ledwich


Richard Taylor

Music & Lyrics, Arrangements

Dale Rooks


Simon Higlett

Set Designer

Ryan Dawson Laight

Costume Designer

James Whiteside

Lighting Designer

Gregory Clarke

Sound Designer

Lizzi Gee

Movement Director

Nick Barnes




Beauty and the Beast Activities

How to Make a Paper Rose

To make your own paper rose you will need:

  • Our template which you can download here
  • Coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue

Cut out the spiral along the line. Take the outside edge and begin rolling the paper towards the centre as tight as possible.

Sit the rose on a flat surface and dab a blob of glue in the centre. Position the rolled paper on top of the glue and leave to dry for about an hour.

The History of Roses

  • Roses have been prized as far back as we can remember. The earliest rose fossils were discovered in Colorado, USA and are over 35 million years old. Rose wreaths have been unearthed from ancient Egyptian tombs.
  • According to ancient legend, roses were created by Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. Her tears and the blood of her lover, Adonis, mingled to create the red rose.
  • Wild roses were used in the production of rosewater, scented oils and other perfumes long before they were cultivated (grown especially for gardens). Some Roman emperors filled their swimming baths and fountains with rosewater, and sat on carpets of rose petals for their feasts.
  • The War of the Roses was a civil war in England that lasted from 1455-1487. The House of York adopted a white rose (Rosa alba) as their symbol, while the House of Lancaster took a red rose (Rosa gallica). The winner, Henry VII, merged his Lancastrian rose with the red rose of his York bride and thus created the Tudor Rose, the Rose of England.
  • The red Rosa gallica is also known as ‘Apothecary’s Rose’, because during the past thousand years it has been used by herbalists.
  • The earliest known cultivated roses date from at least 500 BC but it wasn't until the late eighteenth century that they were introduced into Europe from China.
  • Rosewater has a very distinctive flavour and is used in Middle Eastern, Persian and South Asian cuisine—especially in sweets such as nougat and Turkish delight.
  • One of the most famous and difficult dances in classical ballet is the ‘Rose Adagio’ in The Sleeping Beauty – so-called because Princess Aurora’s four suitors each give her a rose to win her affection. Involving a series of challenging balances, it’s a test of the ballerina’s stamina and skill.
  • Today there are over 30,000 different varieties of rose. They are gathered into groups or hybrids.
  • Varieties of old garden roses include Gallica, Damask, Moss, Portland, China, Tea, Bourbon and Musk. Many old roses flower just once in the season but look and smell particularly lovely.
  • Modern garden roses include Hybrid Tea, Polyantha, Floribunda, climbers, ramblers, and ‘English Roses’ which combine the old-fashioned shapes and scents of old roses with the disease-resistant and repeat-flowering habits of modern roses.
  • Many famous people have had roses named after them, including Queen Elizabeth, Diana Princess of Wales, Darcey Bussell, Dame Judi Dench and Roald Dahl.
  • If you had a rose named after you, what colour would you like it to be?

Looking for the Beauty and the Beast wordsearch answers? You can find them here

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Age Guidance 
Age 7+
Running Time
2 hours and 10 mins including one interval