A trip to childhood with classic fairy tale

Portsmouth Players in rehearsal for The Full Monty

Portsmouth Players dare to bare as they go The Full Monty at The Kings Theatre

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Beauty and The Beast

Kings Theatre, Southsea

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my all-time favourite children’s films. So when I heard the production was coming to the Kings Theatre in Southsea, I had to see it. And it really did take me back to my childhood.

The production by The Portsmouth Players is a magical performance of one of the world’s best loved children’s musicals. It featured all the hit songs from the original score and some new ones.

The story is the classic tale of how beauty comes from within and sees lead character Belle fall in love with a Prince disguised as a beast. The show’s villain, Gaston, played by Stuart Warner, was entertaining and regularly made the audience laugh.

But the best performance came from Emma Wilson who played Belle. She portrayed the character perfectly and she has a beautiful voice.

The popular song Be Our Guest was spectacular to watch. The stage lit up with actors dressed up as cutlery, crockery and kitchen items, in a bid to welcome Belle to her first meal at the castle. The crowd gasped as Belle walked onto the stage in her familiar bright gold dress, before she danced with the Beast.

Overall I felt the show was a delight to watch. There were a few minor production mishaps but it didn’t take away the magic of a magnificent show. Until Saturday.