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Beastly Belle at Norwich Puppet Theatre

The Christmas Show – Beastly Belle

Norwich Puppet Theatre are going back to the 20s this Christmas, with their brand new production Beastly Belle.

The company have combined stunning 1920s Hollywood aesthetics with a contemporary twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast tale to delight 2020s family audiences.

One of only a few dedicated puppetry organisations in England, Norwich Puppet Theatre has been producing family shows for nearly 40 years, specialising in adaptations of traditional tales.

Director Joy Haynes describes the appeal of the Beauty and the Beast story: “the fairy tale tells of valuing what is beneath the surface and not to judge on appearances, which is just as relevant
today as it ever was.”


Norwich Puppet Theatre Christmas 2019 Show


In the Norwich Puppet Theatre’s contemporary adaptation, Belle is transplanted from a life of harsh poverty into the bright and seductive world of the movies, where she is the one transformed. The heroine must pop the beautiful bubble and discover her inner strength to survive.


Beastly Belle Christmas Show at Norwich Puppet Theatre


Bursting with extraordinary rod marionette puppetry, dynamic projections, an atmospheric soundtrack and scintillating songs by composer Hannah Marshall, the show explores a world where beauty and beastliness collide.

Beastly Belle promises to be a tale full of adventure, intrigue and, as director Haynes puts it, “that which redeems us all…Love.”


Belle from Beastly Belle the Christmas Show at Norwich Puppet Theatre


The production has also been designed with accessibility at its heart, as Haynes reveals “I am excited to be making a production which is open to as many people as possible.” There will be a BSL signed performance on Friday 20th December at 2.30pm, with a touch-tour available as well.

There will also be a relaxed performance on Monday 23rd December at 11am, especially suited to those with autism, sensory and communication disorders, and anyone else who might benefit from a more
relaxed environment.

The show is recommended for children aged 4 and above.

Catch this quirky, humorous and touching show from Thursday 19th to Thursday 26th December (excluding Christmas day) for a magical family treat.

To book: or 01603 629921

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