Beauty and the Beast - Broadcast

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre presents

Beauty and the Beast

Book by Anna Ledwich
Music & Lyrics by Richard Taylor

Our archive recording of Beauty and the Beast is available to view below for free until 19 June. 

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Nasze nagrania archiwalne Pięknej i Bestii można ogladać za darmo do 19-go czerwca. 

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This recording is captioned for D/deaf audiences and Polish-language captions are also available, these can be switched on using the CC button in the bottom right hand corner of the video. There is also an audio introduction for blind and visually impaired audience members.

Nagranie jest z napisami dla osób słabo słyszących, są również dostępne napiswy w języku polskim, można je właczyć naciskając CC w prawym rogu u dołu ekranu. 

Listen to our audio introduction

Please note that the video does not have audio description, but these introductory descriptive notes help to set the scene for blind and partially sighted audiences. You can also download a transcript of the audio description in Word format. 

Written and recorded by Roz Chalmers. 

A magnificent evening of pure theatrical magic

Brighton Argus

You may think you know the story of Beauty and the Beast 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. Set designer Simon Higlett and costume designer Ryan Dawson Laight deliver a visually spectacular production. 

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. 

Ages 7+

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre

Our award-winning Chichester Festival Youth Theatre (CFYT) engages over 800 young people in weekly sessions at CFT and at our 8 satellite locations across West Sussex. We aim to help young people of all abilities from a variety of backgrounds to develop their artistic, personal and social skills. Open to members from 5 to 25, CFYT is for anyone who wants to discover new skills, build confidence, make friends and have fun! Find out more about CFYT

Creative Team

Book Anna Ledwich 
Music and Lyrics Richard Taylor
Director Dale Rooks 
Set Designer Simon Higlett 
Costume Designer Ryan Dawson Laight
Lighting Designer James Whiteside 
Arrangements Richard Taylor
Musical Director Colin Billing 
Sound Designer Gregory Clarke
Movement Director Lizzi Gee
Puppetry Nick Barnes 
Assistant Director Lauren Grant


Please click here to download a cast list for this recording.


Musical Director / Keyboard Colin Billing
Woodwind Gavin Tate-Lovery
Woodwind Sarah Watson
Viola Jason Glover
Upright Bass / Bass Guitar Stephen Street
Percussion / Orchestra Management Mark Taylor

Filmed at Chichester Festival Theatre on 20 December 2017 by The Umbrella Rooms. 

This recording was originally streamed and edited live to children in St. Richard's Hospital, Chichester, and Worthing Hospital. 

Please consider making a donation to support our vital work to Keep CFT Connected during this difficult time.


Things to do at home

Our activity pack is has some exciting activities linked to Beauty and the Beast ideal for pupils in school or for families to do at home. Before you watch, find out about the characters and story, and why not try creating a set model castle or designing your own puppet after the you've watched the show.

Connor Read & Mia Cunningham-Stockdale in CFYT’s Beauty and the Beast. Credit: Photo by Pete Jones.

Activity Pack


Make a paper rose


Spiral template

Crispin Glancy as Kiki in CFYT's production of Beauty and the Beast. Credit: Photo Pete Jones.

Beauty and the Beast wordsearch

Purchase a digital copy of the programme

Our programmes are designed to be the perfect insightful companion to the production. In this programme Anna Ledwich and Richard Taylor tell us about their new version of  Beauty and the Beast. In addition the programme includes rehearsal photography, biographies, events and news from the Theatre.

By clicking on BUY you will be re-directed to Issuu's website. The purchased programme will be available to read on their website and app.

Purchasing a digital programme does not include the purchase of a printed programme.

More Beauty and the Beast

Production Gallery

Photography by Pete Jones