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Beauty and the Beast: A Musical Parody returns to the King's Head Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AFTER a critically acclaimed 2017 run, Fat Rascal Theatre are returning to the King’s Head Theatre with their Offie nominated, gender-swapped musical parody of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast ahead of their UK tour.

With book and lyrics by Robyn Grant and Daniel Elliot and music by James Ringer-Beck, Beauty and the Beast: A Musical Parody runs from October 31 to November 17, 2018.

She’s grotesque. A possessive beast of a woman, to be sure. But look on the bright side, Beau: she’s got a lovely personality. Somewhere. Under all the fur.

A fairy tale land, far, far away. A handsome young bookworm who always dreamt of more. A hideous beast, in her cursed castle… It’s a tale as old as time, as you’ve never heard it before. Brace yourself for 100 minutes of boundless energy and musical mayhem as Fat Rascal Theatre explore whether fairy tales really can come true – even when the princess doesn’t quite fit the slipper.

The show will open at the Mumford Theatre in Cambridge (October 27 and 28) ahead of the run at the King’s Head Theatre, before playing at the Old Joint Stock in Birmingham, The Civic in Stourport and Theatre Delicatessen in Sheffield, with more dates to be announced.

The full cast from the original run will be returning.

Winners of the Otherplace/Balkan Award, the Eddies Award, the VAULT festival ‘Festival Spirit’ Award and nominated for an Off West End Award, Fat Rascal Theatre has quickly become a home for new musical theatre, having written and produced five new musicals since its inception in 2016. It is a company run by women, discussing social and political issues through an accessible and appealing format to engage a wider audience. They believe that theatre should aim to inspire, educate or liberate and should be available to everybody.

Tickets: £19.50, £18, £15, £10 – available online at

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 8.30pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4.30pm.

Running Time: 100 minutes.

Also at the King’s Head Theatre: Becca Marriott and Helena Jackson’s new English version of La Traviata (until October 27); Irrational Theatre with Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (October 14); and Charles Court Opera’s Buttons: A Cinderella Story (November 23, 2018 to January 5, 2019).