Jan McNulty Posted October 30, 2012 Share Posted October 30, 2012 I was in Bradford on Saturday to see 2 performances of David Nixon's production of Beauty and the Beast. This production premiered last December and has been touring extensively since then. I had forgotten just how much I enjoyed this production. The set is dark but the lighting is so well designed that you can always see the dancers clearly. The costumes are a ravishing pastiche of the 1950s and are just gorgeous. The production has all the elements we would expect from the story. There are 2 fairies whom I would describe as good and bad-tempered. There is so much to enjoy. I love the scene when the debt collectors come to Beauty's home. It is very witty. There is a beautiful "dream" duet for Beauty and the Prince in Act 1. Michela Paolacci and John Hull were so sublime together at the evening performance that I was moved to tears. I also find the start of act 2 very moving when the Beast is imagining himself as he was and there is a trio for Beast, Prince and Beauty. The two Beasts I saw, Ben Mitchell and Hiranao Takahashi, were very different from each other but equally wonderful. David Nixon has just the right amount of comedy and tragedy in this production. It is satisfying on so many levels for both adults and childred. I must say that the many children at both performances were impeccably behaved and obviously entranced by the production. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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