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This past Friday, the 2nd of November 2018, the boys and I attended the opening night of the stage production of Beauty and the Beast at the Peoples Theatre in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. It was heart-warming to see a full house attendance for a fairy tale that so many parents in the audience grew up with and were now sharing with their kids. The talented cast again delivered a stunning performance for the vocal and receptive audience. I love that all the stage productions at the Peoples Theatre are always so interactive from an audience perspective. Our son loved each scene asking questions along the way, which I absolutely adore. For me, it simply means that he is engaged with what is happening on stage and the message the production is trying to get across and this is a stage production with a great message, don’t judge a book by its cover

With the upcoming school holidays and festive season, I would add this production to your “Things To Do” with the kids if you’re in Gauteng over November and December. 


For those who don’t know, Beauty and the Beast, the fairy tale, was originally written by French author Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and is another beautiful production directed by Jill Girard and Keith Smith. A story about a cruel young prince who is turned into a hideous Beast by an enchantress. To break the spell, the beast must learn to love another and earn her love in return before the petals fall from an enchanted rose presented to him by the enchantress. A decade later, in a village near the Beast’s castle, Maurice, an elderly man, gets lost while on his way to demonstrate an invention at a fair. On seeking shelter at the Beast’s castle, he is imprisoned and his beautiful and intelligent daughter Belle goes in search of her father when he fails to return home from the fair. Belle finally traces her father back to the Beast’s castle and eventually trades herself for her father’s freedom.

Beauty and the Beast JRUntil now, the Beast is used to getting things his way, so he is coached by his servants on how to act like a true gentleman and to cajole Belle to join him for dinner. She refuses, and the Beast loses his temper and banishes Belle to a cell with no food. Belle finally manages to escape from the castle into the forest where she’s attacked by wolves. We loved how the production used technology for the scene of Belle being attacked by the wolves. You have to see it to appreciate it. The Beast’s love for Belle forces him into the forest to search for Belle but is injured in a stand-off with the wolves but he still manages to rescue her. This is a fairytale after all, isn’t it? Belle manages to see through the cruel exterior of the Beast and has a change of heart, helping the Beast back to the castle to clean his wounds. This time she accepts the Beast’s invitation to dinner. Their friendship grows stronger, but Belle longs to see her father. With permission from the Beast to leave the castle, Belle returns home where a jealous admirer, Gaston, uses his superficial charm to incite the villagers to storm the Beasts castle, wherein a brawl with the Beast, Gaston stabs him, hurting him badly. Although the Beast is stronger he refuses to kill Gaston. Belle returns to the castle from visiting her father to find a dying Beast whereupon telling him that she loves him, the decade-long spell cast on the Beast and his staff by the enchantress is broken, ensuring that the story has a happy ending. 

The cast who delivered a stellar performance, along with a talented cast of young cast members, include:

Masego Mothibakgomo as Belle

Jonathan Blaine Shore as the Beast

Alida Senekal as Mrs Potts

Travis Hornsby as Gaston

Luciano Zuppa as Maurice

Kutlwano Marvin Molepo as Lumiere

Ayanda Sibisi  as Madame de la Grande

A must see production these school holidays for the whole family! As we enter the season of giving, Peoples Theatre will be collecting perishable foods and toys to give to charity at the end of the run. There will be a box at the foyer where you can drop off your kind donations. If you are bringing wrapped toys, please could you indicate the appropriate gender and age on the wrapping. Your generosity is highly appreciated.


WHERE: The Peoples Theatre, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

COST: R142.00

DATES: until 24th December 2018

For more information and bookings call 011 403 1563 or visit or via Webtickets.





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Photos source: Peoples Theatre 

Disclaimer: I received tickets to Beauty and the Beast. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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