The UK tour is set to open at the Bristol Hippodrome on the 25th August.

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Casting has now been confirmed for the upcoming UK tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which is being staged by members of the original award-winning creative team.

Courtney Stapleton (Dear Evan Hansen, Six, Les Misérables and Bat Out of Hell) and Emmanuel Kojo ( Oklahoma!, Girl from the North Country, Show Boat and The Scottsboro Boys) are set to play the roles of Belle and her Beast. They will be joined by Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins, SpongeBob SquarePants, the Broadway Musical, Les Misérables) as Lumiere, Tom Senior (The Pirates of Penzance, Eugenius!) who will be Gaston, Sam Bailey (The X-Factor winner 2013, Blood Brothers) will play Mrs Potts, Nigel Richards (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables) as Cogsworth, Martin Ball (Les Misérables, Wicked, Top Hat) will take the role of Maurice, Samantha Bingley (Martha
In The Secret Garden) will be Wardrobe, Emma Caffrey (Curtains, 42nd Street, Funny Girl) will be Babette
and Louis Stockil (Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia!) will play Le Fou.

The company will be completed by Jake Bishop, Pamela Blair, Liam Buckland, Jasmine Davis, Autumn Draper, Daisy Edwards, Alyn Hawke, George Hinson, Jennifer Louise Jones, Brontë Lavine, ThomasLee Kidd, David McIntosh, Aimee Moore, Sam Murphy, Ashley-Jordon Packer, Emily Squibb, Grace Swaby, India Thornton and Rhys West.

Performances are set to begin at the Bristol Hippodrome on Wednesday 25th August, with other tour dates including Liverpool, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Dublin. Further dates have yet to be announced.

The creative team for the musical includes Matt West directing and choreographing this new production,
composer Alan Menken, lyricist Tim Rice, bookwriter Linda Woolverton, scenic designer Stan
Meyer, costume designer Ann Hould-Ward and lighting designer Natasha Katz.

Matt West said: “I am so excited today to announce Courtney, Emmanuel and the whole company who
will bring our new production of Beauty to life later this year. We have a vibrant and exciting cast, and I
look forward to working with them and our original creative team to reimagine the show for today.”

This new production of beauty and the Beast will feature new dance arrangements by David Chase, allowing original choreographer Matt West to re-visit his work. Longtime Menken collaborators Michael Kosarin and Danny Troob are musical supervisor/vocal arranger and orchestrator, respectively.

Completing the design team will be John Shivers as sound designer, Darryl Maloney as the video
and projections designer, and David H. Lawrence as hair designer. Jim Steinmeyer is the illusions
designer, as he was on the original 1994 production. Casting for the production is by Pippa Ailion
Casting.

The original West End production of Beauty and the Beast opened at the Dominion Theatre in April
1997, playing over 1100 performances to more than two million people. It won the 1998 Olivier Award
for Best Musical and enjoyed a hugely successful UK & Ireland tour in 2001.

Beauty and The Beast is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the supervision of Thomas
Schumacher.

To find out more about the UK tour of Beauty and the Beast and to book tickets visit: https://www.beautyandthebeastmusical.co.uk/