Charles Way, playwright
78 pgs. 3 female, 3 male
Originally produced by The Library Theatre (UK) in 2001
Run Time: 90 minutes
Audience Recommendation: All Ages
Cassandra is wild and loves freedom; her sister Belle is timid and afraid of the world, their Father, George Godwin, loves them both. On the day of Cassandra’s engagement he learns that all but one of his ships has been sunk and in a desperate attempt to protect it from looters he rides from London across Dartmoor little knowing what fate holds in store. When his horse throws him, George is offered sanctuary in a strange house; he is told he can take anything he wants but not to pick any of the roses. Glad to be alive and not realizing the true nature of the master of the house he disobeys. The moment he picks the rose a great beast appears, half man half wolf. The terrified merchant promises to send one daughter to the house in return for his life and thus he returns to London. The deadly promise makes George a sick man and it is Belle who goes to fulfill her father’s promise and save his life. She is met at the gate by a the housekeeper, who unbeknown to Belle is a woman who once loved the man inside the beast and in her rage at being scorned put on him a dreadful curse.
“The love story builds to a mesmerizing scene of dance and musical rhythm where Belle and the Beast run together through the forest with the wolves. By the time Belle’s kiss transforms the Beast, the children are wide-eyed while adults are left panting for more.” – Manchester Metro