Chester’s Little Theatre
written and submitted by Vikki Northman
Beauty and the Beast an adaptation by Lucy Kirkwood
Not many of you may have heard of Chester’s Little Theatre but tucked away in the back streets less than ten minutes walk from the city centre this fabulous gem was established in 1944 and has been in its current location over 50 years. Its a deceptively large building The theatre auditorium holds 126 people comfortably with no awkward pillars so all seats have a clear view of the stage. and it even hosts a small but perfectly formed bar area that did a rather nice glass of wine for a mere £1.90.
Recently it put on Beauty and the Beast but not a traditional version, it was delightfully narrated by two fairies who are assisted by a rabbit, a rabbit in possession of a mind reading / tea making contraption. And all three of them are some what mischievous. In line with the traditional tale Beauty sacfriced herself for the release of her father, who returned home to live with Lettice, Beauty’s slightly jealous little sister.
With audience “interactactions” that were cleverly engineered by the tech support team the play was great fun for all the family.
The play ended traditionally and Beauty got her very handsome Prince George and they all lived happily ever after. Congratulations to Alison Knott and her superb cast and crew on a delightful performance and a personal thank you for making my very own Beauty feel very special with her albeit brief cameo. (She’s behind the strawberry!)
Check out the http://www.chestertheatreclub.co.uk/?page_id=60 for upcoming performances and booking details
many thanx to Vikki for sharing her review with Chester Culture!!