of Beauty and the Beast and its themes have appeared in literature and
other forms of art. This page provides a small discussion of some of the
better known treatments by authors and other artists. Novels produced by romance publishers are not listed on this page, but can be
found on Romance Novels: Fairy
Tale Romances at Beauty
and the Beast.
Asaro, Catherine. The Quantum
Rose. New York: Tor, 2000. Amazon.com: Buy the book in hardcoveror paperback.
NOVEL: Science fiction. From the publisher:
"Kamoj Argali is the young ruler of an impoverished province on a
backward planet. To keep her people from starving, she has agreed to marry
Jax Ironbridge, the boorish and brutal ruler of a prosperous province.
But before Argali and Ironbridge are wed, a mysterious stranger from a
distant planet sweeps in and forces Kamoj into marriage, throwing her
world into utter chaos." Winner of the 2001 Nebula Award for Best
Cohen, Barbara. Roses. New York:
Amazon.com: Buy the book in paperback.
NOVEL: Young adult novel. "When her
father steals a rare rose from a florist shop, Isabel is pressed into
employment there as payment to the hideously deformed owner. --Library
Dickerson, Melanie. The Merchant's Daughter. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. Amazon.com:Buy the book inpaperbackor ebook.
NOVEL: From the publisher: "An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice. Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf's bailiff---a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past. Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff's vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulf's future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart."
Dokey, Cameron. Belle: A Retelling of "Beauty and the Beast". New York: Simon Pulse, 2008. Amazon.com: Buy the book in paperback.
NOVEL: From the publisher: "A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast."
Flinn, Alex. Beastly. New York: HarperTeen, 2007.
Amazon.com: Buy the book in hardcover.
NOVEL: From the publisher: "I am a beast.
"A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.
"You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
"Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly."
Holder, Nancy. Spirited. New York:
Simon Pulse, 2004. Amazon.com:Buy the book inpaperback.
NOVEL: From the publisher:
In May 1756 war is formally declared between the British and the French.
During this highly dangerous time, Isabella Sevens is travelling with
her father to the British stronghold Fort William Henry. In the forest,
Wusamequin, the young and handsome medicine man, looks to avenge the death
of his wife and child at the hands of British soldiers. When Wusamequin
spots Isabella and her father, he alerts his warriors to capture them.
But Wusamequin is quite taken with how bravely Isabella battles. He orders
the warriors to spare her and her tfather, and they are dragged back to
their village. However, many members of the Mohican tribe still want them
to be killed. In a desperate plea to Wusamequin, Isabella vows to stay
as his hostage if he lets her father go.
Lackey, Mercedes. Beauty and the Werewolf. New York: Luna, 2011. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcoveror ebook.
NOVEL: From the publisher: "The eldest daughter is often doomed in fairy tales. But Bella—Isabella Beauchamps, daughter of a wealthy merchant—vows to escape the usual pitfalls. Anxious to avoid the Traditional path, Bella dons a red cloak and ventures into the forbidden forest to consult with "Granny," the local wisewoman. But on the way home she's attacked by a wolf—who turns out to be a cursed nobleman! Secluded in his castle, Bella is torn between her family and this strange man who creates marvelous inventions and makes her laugh—when he isn't howling at the moon. Breaking spells is never easy. But a determined beauty, a wizard (after all, he's only an occasional werewolf) and a little godmotherly interference might just be able to bring about a happy ending.… "
Lackey, Mercedes. The Fire Rose. New York: Baen
Fantasy, 1995. Amazon.com:Buy the book inpaperback.
NOVEL: This is a mass market paperback by Lackey that
uses the Beauty and the Beast theme. The main character is Rosalind Hawkins,
a medieval scholar and modern woman at the turn of the 19th century in
San Francisco. She accepts a position with Jason Cameron as a tutor, but
soon learns that all is not what it first appeared to be. This is pure
entertainment from the popular Lackey.
Marillier, Juliet. Heart's Blood. New York: Roc, 2009. Amazon.com: Buy the book in hardcover.
NOVEL: From the publisher: "Anluan has been crippled since childhood, part of a curse that has besieged his family and his home of Whistling Tor. But when the young scribe Caitrin is retained to sort through family documents, she brings about unexpected changes in the household, casting a hopeful light against the despairing shadows.
But to truly free Anluan's burdened soul, Caitrin must unravel the web of sorcery woven by his ancestors before it claims his life-and their love... "
McBain, Ed. Beauty And The Beast. New York: Henry Holt, 1982. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover or paperback.
NOVEL: Mystery: Part of McBain's Matthew Hope series.
McKinley, Robin. Beauty: A Retelling
of the Story of Beauty and the Beast. Harpercollins, 1978. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover or paperback.
NOVEL: A personal favorite, McKinley's first
published novel brings the tale of Beauty and the Beast to life in a young
woman who considers herself to be anything but beautiful. This is a beautiful
book and great for readers of all ages over eight.
McKinley, Robin. Rose Daughter. Greenwillow, 1997. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover or paperback.
NOVEL: McKinley revisits her favorite tale
twenty years after she visited it in her first novel with a new interpretation
that is less simplistic but just as beautiful. The magic is richer and
deeper in this book. I'll let you decide which one you prefer.
Napoli, Donna Jo. Beast. New York
: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2000. Amazon.com:Buy the book in hardcoveror paperback.
NOVEL: Elaborates on the tale of "Beauty
and the Beast," told from the point of view of the Beast and set
Timpanelli, Gioia. "Rusina, Not Quite in Love." Sometimes the Soul. New York: W. W. Norton, 1998. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcoveror paperback.
NOVELLA: From the publisher: "A renowned storyteller
who has beguiled audiences around the world offers these mesmerizing novella-length
fables about two young women and the transformative power of art. In "Rusina,
Not Quite in Love," Timpanelli recasts "Beauty and the Beast" as the tale
of a loving young heroine who escapes her poor family to live at the estate
of Signor Sebastiano. A devastatingly ugly man who prefers plants to people,
Sebastiano leads Rusina to the true meaning of beauty. Lyrical, enchanting,
wise, these timeless stories are, in the words of the baroness, "simple,
but not so simple," as they enlighten readers about the virtues of love,
solitude, and art."
Wilson, Susan. Beauty: A Novel. New York:
Crown, 1996. Amazon.com:Buy the book inpaperback.
NOVEL: I read this one in the bookstore and
decided not to buy it. It is another retelling of the Beauty and the Beast
tale. Beauty is an artist hired to paint a family portrait. It was also
adapted into a TV movie in 1999.
Yep, Laurence. Angelfish. New York: Putnam,
2001. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover.
NOVEL: Description from book jacket: "After accidentally
breaking the front window of a pet fish store, Robin commits to working
off the cost of the window after ballet class-even though that means enduring
insults from a grouchy old man who calls her a "half-person" because she
is only half Chinese. Robin works extra hard to prove Mr. Tsow wrong and
marvels over the uncharacteristically tender way he takes care of the
fish, especially the beautiful angelfish. He is just like the Beast in
the ballet Robin is rehearsing.
"Robin is curious about what turned him into such
a beast, and she and her feisty grandmother search for clues about his
past. Their digging leads to a shocking story about the Cultural Revolution,
and Robin learns how much Mr. Tsow has overcome just to be here, much
less have a soft spot-even for fish."
Shaw, Stan. Beauty and the Beast. New York: Dark Horse Comics, 1993. Amazon.com:Buy the book in paperback.
Brett, Jan. Beauty and the Beast. Clarion
Books, 1989. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover or paperback.
PICTURE BOOK: This is one of my favorite picture book
versions of Beauty and the Beast.
Block, Francesca Lia. "Beast." The Rose and the Beast. New York: Harper Collins, 2000. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardbackor paperback.
Brooke, William. "A Beauty in the Beast." Untold Tales. New York: Harper Collins, 1992. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover or paperback.
Carter, Angela. "The
Courtship of Mr Lyon." The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories. Penguin USA, 1993. ISBN: 014017821X Amazon.com:Buy the book in paperback.
Carter, Angela. "The
Tiger's Bride." The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories. Penguin USA, 1993. Amazon.com:Buy the book in paperback.
Donoghue, Emma. "The Tale of the Rose." Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins. New York: Harper Collins,
1997. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcoveror paperback.
Lee, Tanith. "The Beast." Ruby Slippers,
Golden Tears. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, eds. New York: Avon,
1996. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover orpaperback.
Fisher, David. "Beauty v. Beast." Legally Correct Fairy Tales. New York: Warner, 1996. Amazon.com:Buy
the book inhardcover.
Jacobs, A. J. "Beauty and the Beast." Fractured Fairy Tales. New York: Bantam, 1997. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover or paperback.
Jacobs, A. J. "Cutie and the Beast." Fractured Fairy Tales. New York: Bantam, 1997. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover or paperback.
Lee, Tanith. "Beauty." Red as Blood:
Or Tales from the Sisters Grimmer. New York: DAW Books, 1983. Amazon.com:Buy the book in paperback.
SHORT STORY: The final tale, "Beauty,"
in this collection is my favorite. It is a futuristic version of Beauty
and the Beast which brings in references to Cupid and Psyche, too. This
tale-like the others in the book-is original and unique. It is one of
the first versions that comes to my mind when I think of Beauty and
the Beast interpretations. I can't say more or I will ruin the story
for you. This book is out of print, but I found it at a used bookstore.
Hopefully, you can, too. My favorite place to look is www.abe.com.
Lee, Tanith. "The Beast." Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling,
eds. New York: Avon, 1996. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover orpaperback.
Marcantonio, Patricia Santos. "Belleza y la
Bestia." Red Ridin' in the Hood: and Other Cuentos. Renato
Alarcao, illustrator. New York: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2005. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover.
SHORT STORY: From the publisher: "Eleven classic
tales are retold with an injection of Latino culture, providing a twist
on the traditional forms while sustaining a freshness all their own.
Some stories are set in the Mexican countryside; in "Belleza y La Bestia,"
the beautiful heroine is a defender of the Revolution and teaches the
beast about the righteousness of the freedom fighters."
Mayer, Gloria Gilbert and Thomas Mayer.
"Beauty and the Beast." Goldilocks on Management: 27 Revisionist
Fairy Tales for Serious Managers. New York: American Management
Association, 1999. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover.
McKillip, Patricia. "The Lion and the Lark." The Armless Maiden. Terri Windling, ed. New
York: Tor Books, 1995. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover or paperback.
McKillip, Patricia A. "The Lion and the Lark." Harrowing the Dragon. New York: Ace, 2005. Amazon.com: Buy the book in hardback or paperback.
Ritchie, Anne Isabella. "Beauty and the Beast." The Cornhill Magazine. Jun 1867.
Also available with wonderful notes and commentary in:
Ritchie, Anne Thackeray. "Beauty and the
Beast."Forbidden Journeys: Fairy Tales and Fantasies by
Victorian Women Writers. Nina Auerbach & U. C. Knoepflmacher, editors.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992.
Amazon.com: Buy the book in paperback.
Vande Velde, Vivian. "Beast and
Beauty." Tales From the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace, 1995. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcoveror paperback.
Walker, Barbara. "Ugly and the Beast." Feminist Fairy Tales. San Francisco: Harper, 1996. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover or paperback.
West, Michelle. "The Rose Garden." Little Red Riding Hood in the Big Bad City. Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers, eds. New York: DAW, 2004. Amazon.com:Buy the book in paperback.
Wheeler, Wendy. "Skin So Green and Fine." Silver Birch, Blood Moon. Ellen Datlow and Terri
Windling, eds. New York: Avon, 1999. Amazon.com:Buy the book inpaperback.
SHORT STORY: This story also appears in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Volume 13 (2000), edited
by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.
Chasin, Helen. "Mythics." Disenchantments: An Anthology of Modern Fairy Tale Poetry. Wolfgang Mieder, ed. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1985. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcoverorpaperback.
Dove, Rita. "Beauty and the Beast." The
Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. 2nd ed. Richard Ellmann and Robert
O'Clair, editors. New York: W. W. Norton, 1988.
Dove, Rita. "Beauty and the Beast." Selected
Poems. New York: Vintage Books, 1993.
"Mrs. Beast." The
World's Wife. New York: Faber and Faber, 1999. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcoveror paperback.
Duncan, Robert. "Four Songs the Night Nurse
Sang." Selected Poems. Robert
J. Bertholf, editor. New York: New Directions, 1993.
Hay, Sara Henderson. "Sequel." Story
Hour. Fayetteville, AS: University of Arkansas Press, 1998. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcoveror paperback.
Lewis, Bill. "The
Beast."The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror,
Volume 13. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, eds.
Also available at "The
Beast." Endicott Studio Website. http://www.endicott-studio.com/cofbeast.html
Lochhead, Liz. "Beauty &
The." Dreaming Frankenstein and Collected Poems. London:
Polygon Books, 1984. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcoveror paperback.
This poem originally appeared in:
Lochhead, Liz. The
Grimm Sisters. London: Next Editions (In Association with Faber
& Faber), 1981.
Lochhead, Liz. "The Father." Dreaming Frankenstein and Collected Poems. London: Polygon Books,
1984. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcoveror paperback.
This poem originally appeared in:
Lochhead, Liz. The
Grimm Sisters. London: Next Editions (In Association with Faber
& Faber), 1981.
Lynd, Sylvia. "Beauty and the Beast." Women's
Poetry of the 1930's: A Critical Anthology. Jane Dowson, editor.
New York: Routledge, 1996.
Mueller, Lisel. "Captivity." Alive Together: New and Selected Poems. Baton Rouge: Louisiana
State University Press, 1996. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcoveror paperback.
Sansom, Clive. "Plucking
a Rose." Return to Magic. London: Leslie Frewin, 1969. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover.
Strauss, Gwen. "The Beast." Trail of Stones. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcoveror paperback.
Viorst, Judith. "...And Beauty and
the Beast, Once the Spell Had Been Broken, Lived Happily (Sort of Happily)
Ever After." Sad Underwear and Other Complications: More Poems
for Children and Their Parents. New York: Atheneum, 1995. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover or paperback.
I have listed primarily
classical compositions of music using the themes of this fairy tale in
either ballet, opera or some other musical style. I have also provided
links to popular recordings of the music when available at Amazon.com.
The advantage to these links is that you can listen to samples of the
music at no charge.
Biro, Daniel. Beauty and the
Title: Soho Square, Beauty and the
Beast Performer: Daniel Biro, Veronique Joly
Beauty and the Beast (1946).
Jean Cocteau, director. France. French title: La Belle et la bête.
Jean Marais .... The Beast/The Prince/Avenant
Josette Day .... Belle
Marcel André .... Belle's father
This is definitely not the Disney version.
"While it remains faithful to the plot of the classic fairy tale
by Leprince de Beaumont, Jean Cocteau's 1946 French romantic fantasy is
the product of a sophisticated, mature sensibility in its tones and textures
and, above all, in its surprising emotional power. With sparkling black-and-white
imagery that, for once, is actually dreamlike rather than cute or kitschy,
and with a Beast (Jean Marais) who is almost as glamorous with his silky
blonde facial hair as he is clean shaven, the movie casts a seductive
spell. It might actually be a little too rich and unsettling for kids.
Even the costumes and the draperies are entrancingly ornate."
Fractured Fairy Tales: Beauty
and the Beast (1959-60) (TV). In Rocky and Bullwinkle. Jay
Ward Productions. Buy
the collection on DVD.
ANIMATION SHORT: The Fractured Fairy Tales
segment became a popular part of the first season of the Rocky and Bullwinkle
Show (known under various names through the years) that premiered in the
fall of 1959. They have remained in syndication ever since. Beauty
and the Beast originally aired in Episode 6 of Season 1.
Joyce Taylor .... Althea
Mark Damon .... Eduardo
Eduard Franz .... Orsini
Michael Pate .... Bruno
Merry Anders .... Sybil
Beast is a werewolf by night in this sedate film version.
Beauty and the Beast (1976) (TV). Eugene
George C. Scott .... The Beast
Trish Van Devere .... Belle Beaumont
Virginia McKenna .... Lucy
Bernard Lee .... Edward Beaumont
Panna a netvor (1978). Juraj Herz, director.
Czechoslovakia. USA Title: Beauty and the Beast.
Zdena Studenková .... Julie/The Beauty
Vlastimil Harapes .... Netvor/The Beast
Václav Voska .... Father
Jana Brejchová .... Julie's sister Gábinka
Zuzana Kocúriková .... Julie's sister Málinka
"A more horrific and gloomy version of The Beauty
and the Beast. Julie is a bankrupt merchant`s daughter who as the only
one of the three daughters chooses to save her father`s life by going
to the Haunted Wood`s Castle where she meets Netvor. He wants to kill
her, but her beauty prevents him from that. Although she is forbidden
to see him she starts to love him and the love rescues him from his curse."
Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre:
Beauty and the Beast (1984) (TV). Roger Vadim, director. Amazon.com: Buy the series on DVD.
Susan Sarandon ... Beauty
Klaus Kinski ... Beast
Stephen Elliot ... Father
Nancy Lenehan ... Georgette
Anjelica Huston ... Marguerite
Stanley Wilson ... Jaques
Cannon Movie Tales: Beauty and
the Beast (1987). Eugene Marner, director. Amazon.com:
Buy it on DVD.
John Savage .... Beast/Prince
Rebecca De Mornay .... Beauty
Yossi Graber .... Father
Michael Schneider .... Kuppel
From Sony Pictures: "The beautiful Rebecca
De Mornay (The Three Musketeers) stars in this beloved live-action version
of the classic fairy tale about finding true love in the unlikeliest of
places the haven of a monster! Featuring delightful musical numbers,
lavish scenery and spellbinding magic, Beauty and the Beast reminds us
that if you see with your heart, anything's possible!
"Beauty (De Mornay) is the family caretaker.
While her sisters fret about gentleman callers, her only concern is for
their father's wellbeing. So when he loses the family fortune and angers
a beast (John Savage) that lives in a magnificent castle, Beauty dutifully
agrees to become the beast's prisoner. But what she doesn't know is that
his surprising kindness might also capture her heart."
The film that officially signaled Disney's
animation renaissance and the only animated feature to receive a Best
Picture Oscar nomination, Beauty and the Beast remains the yardstick
by which all other animated films should be measured. It relates the story
of Belle, a bookworm with a dotty inventor for a father; when he inadvertently
offends the Beast (a prince whose heart is too hard to love anyone besides
himself), Belle boldly takes her father's place, imprisoned in the Beast's
gloomy mansion. Naturally, Belle teaches the Beast to love. What makes
this such a dazzler, besides the amazingly accomplished animation and
the winning coterie of supporting characters (the Beast's mansion is overrun
by quipping, dancing household items) is the array of beautiful and hilarious
songs by composer Alan Menken and the late, lamented lyricist Howard Ashman.
An extended version was rereleased for the theatres in 2002.
Stories From My Childhood: Beauty
and the Beast (1999). Also known as: Mikhail Baryshnikov's Stories
From My Childhood. Buy
the movie on DVD.
ANIMATED SHORT from PBS TV SERIES: Beauty
and the Beast features the voices of Robert Loggia, Tim Curry, and
Amy Irving. The film was originally produced in 1952.
The PBS series, Stories From My Childhood,
features animated shorts from Russia's Soyuzmultfilm Studios, one of the
most celebrated animation factories of the 20th century. Mikhail Baryshnikov
was co-executive producer of the new English versions, featuring well-known
actors' voices. This TV series and the subsequent DVDs collect several
of Soyuzmultfilm's most dazzling adaptations of European folklore. These
versions are often more accurate than the American film versions of the
same tales. Most of the films were originally produced in the 1950s and
Margrét Ákadóttir .... Rental agent
Robert John Burke .... The Monster
Julie Anderson .... Beautician
Sarah Polley .... Beatrice
Not for kids! "Disgusted with human evolution and
a society driven by instant gratification and voyeuristic sensationalism,
a foul-mouthed Monster kills anyone who crosses his path. When a news
crew sent to investigate the Monster disappears, their ratings-obsessed
boss sends a guileless young woman to follow up on the story. This young
journalist forges an unlikely friendship with the Monster." (IMDB.com)
Beauty and the Beast (2003). David Lister, director.
David Dukas .... Beast/Agnar
Jane March .... Freya
William Gregory Lee .... Sven
Justin Whalin .... Eric
Based on the classic tale, this film is set in the era
of the Vikings. It was filmed in South Africa in 2002.
From the producer's website: Freya is the beautiful daughter
of a Viking King. Much against her wishes, her father, King Thorsson decides
to make a last epic voyage to Bear Island. Betrayed by his heir and Freya’s
soon-to-be-husband, Sven, Thorsson is captured by The Beast, a tormented
man, trapped in the body of a beast, cursed by his God, and rejected by
his family and people. Freya goes to the beast to save her father. He
is living in furious isolation and fear, struggling to control the raging
animal within, clinging fiercely to the former honour he had as a man,
until redemption - in the form of Freya - arrives. Drawn to her beauty
and courage, he falls in love, until he has to make the choice between
sacrificing himself or lose the love that has given him reason to live.
Freya herself pushes aside dreams of a lost love and chooses to sacrifice
herself for the good of the people and her father, even if this means
going against her heart. In the process, she discovers that true love
can never be destroyed, and that the power of love conquers all. For more
information go to: http://www.peakviewing.co.uk/
Abbot, Rick. Beauty and the Beast. Really. Book,
Music and Lyrics by Rick Abbot. New York: Samuel French.
MUSICAL: Children's musical. Unexpected and
hilarious twists make this version of the classic an entirely different
romp for the whole family. The cast of seven play nine roles: Beauty,
The Beast, Father, Mother, Stepsister, Boy- friend, a hound dog, a theatrical
entrepreneur and a hopelessly inept tap dancer whose thankless job is
to distract the audience during the scene alterations. There is only a
single set that ingeniously converts from farm to castle and back again
in a few seconds. Underlying the hilarity is a solid message about true
Keith. "Beauty and the Beast." Children's Theatricals: Being a Series of Popular Fairy
Tales Adapted For Representation in the Drawing Room. London: George
Routlege and Sons, 1879 .
Ayckbourn, Alan. Dreams From a Summer House.
Music by John Pattison. New York:
FULL-LENGTH PLAY: Comedy with music. The reigning king
of English comedy strikes off in a new direction with this gleeful fantasy.
A couple is preparing for an al fresco party while their hapless ex-son-in-law
is holed up in their new summer house, drinking off his divorce while
he completes illustrations for a new edition of Beauty and the Beast.
When he conjures Belle to life and she appears in the garden unable to
understand English unless it is sung, her fantastical presence wreaks
havoc with the all-too-real lives around her. The story develops into
a cliff hanger when the Beast also appears and carries off the strident
ex-wife. This outrageously comic battle of the sexes delightfully illustrates
the disparity between romantic ideals and earthly reality, proving once
again that true love is impossible but necessary.
''It is almost impossible not to be seduced by this fanciful
flight of the imagination.''—Daily Telegraph
''A masterpiece in plot-design with some marvelous characters.''—Stage
& TV Today
PLAY: This enchanting play can be performed
straight or with music, drawn from traditional French folk melodies. Note
that the original is the 1996 Young Vic version, but Boswell's adaptation
has been completely revised as the Royal Shakespeare Company's Christmas
production in 2003. Here is a description for the latter edition:
In Beauty and the Beast we encounter two
worlds. The domestic world of Beauty's family in mid-eighteenth-century
France, safe and familiar. And another world, first stumbled upon by her
merchant father: a place of great riches and disturbing nightmares, dominated
by the fearsome and tragic Beast. Uniting the two is Beauty's humility
and sense of duty, which slowly matures into transforming love...
Beers, Jr., Jesse. Beauty and the Beast. New York: Samuel French.
FULL-LENGTH PLAY: Beauty is enamored with a handsome prince
whom she saw in an apparition. Her love draws her to the castle of the
unspeakable Beast, which she enters unafraid. A magic mirror and many
other gifts are given her by the Beast. But it is her final, fearless
expression of affection for the Beast that breaks the spell and returns
him to the form of the handsome Prince.
Valle, Peter and John Ahearn. Beauty and the Beast. Book
by Peter Del Valle and John Ahearn. Music by Michael Valenti. Lyrics by
Elsa Rael. New York: Samuel French.
MUSICAL: This witty and sparkling version
of the much-loved classic has been seen in Town Hall and many other New
York City venues as well as in summer, college and community theatres
in Canada and the United states.
''A show intended for children and yet there
is not one iota of condescension or compromise in it. Michael Valenti's
music can best be described as romantic light opera. Elsa Rael's lyrics
possess a delicate simplicity and never talk down to the audience. Hardly
typical children's fare.''—N.Y. Theatre Review.
FULL-LENGTH PLAY: Mr. Glennon has
used the Perrault version of this fanciful story as the basis of his charming
play, but has added depth of character and believable answers to some
of the puzzling questions. We learn how and why the prince was changed
into a beast in the first place. We also see the beast's growth, under
Beauty's subtle guidance, from a raging creature to a man who can be loved
for himself. Beauty's family provides a warm and amusing background to
the main plot, and they, too, change for the better.
Gray, Nicholas Stuart. Beauty and the Beast.
London: Oxford University Press, 1951. [Currently available from London:
Josef Weinberger, 1951. ]
FULL-LENGTH PLAY: This is not the traditional story of
Beauty and the Beast, but an endearing and fantastical tale of a rather
forgetful wizard, Mr Hodge and his baby dragon nephew Mickey. When a rude
and unruly prince threatens Mickey's life, the wizard decides to teach
the young prince a lesson in manners and banishes him to a magical castle
for twenty years or so, in order to teach him the values of beauty and
companionship. But the wizard forgets he has a captive, and five hundred
years later is horrified to remember his mistake. In order to rectify
his error he visits the castle, to find the prince in his loneliness has
turned into an absolute beast - and in order to save him, must discover
a way to bring real beauty into his life.
PLAY: Pantomime. "An
inspired modern version of the story, given a fine momentum by Crackjaw
the witch, a ferocious hate-mongering villainess. There's also a cheeky
goblin called Dunt, a gorgeous pantomime dog called Billy, a magnificent
pair of (female) Ugly sisters, and a hero who amounts to something more
than the usual insipid Prince. The audience participation rages fast and
Way, Charles. "Beauty and the Beast." The Classic Fairy Tales: Retold for the Stage. Theatre Communications
Group, 2003. Buy
the book in paperback.
Woolverton, Linda. Disney's Beauty
And The Beast: The Broadway Musical.Music by Alan
Menken Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Book by Linda Woolverton.
MUSICAL: Broadway musical based on the Disney