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Beauty and the Beast (National Theatre Version)

Beauty and the Beast (National Theatre Version)

By Lucy Kirkwood
With Katie Mitchell
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848421578, 80 pages, December 2010


Lucy Kirkwood's delightful version of the classic fairytale, first seen in a production devised and directed by Katie Mitchell at the National Theatre for Christmas 2010.

The theft of a single rose has monstrous consequences for Beauty and her father. Because this is no ordinary rose...and this is no ordinary fairytale. Narrated by a pair of mischievous fairies, a very helpful Rabbit, and a Thoughtsnatcher machine, this timeless story is sure to surprise, delight and enchant.

A wild and twisted tale, full of exciting and intriguing challenges for drama groups wishing to stage their own production.

Lucy Kirkwood's Beauty and the Beast was first performed at the National Theatre, London, in December 2010.


"The story is beautifully and touchingly told... a continuously inventive delight."

- Telegraph

"Chock-full of clever ideas."


"Clever, fast and endearing, with grand insults and proper jeopardy."

- The Times

"This new devised version is blessed with a sassy script by Lucy Kirkwood... Beauty-fully done."

- Evening Standard