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© Scarborough Theatre Trust

A musical play
Words by Alan Ayckbourn; Music by John Pattison


A clever, highly original musical which provides challenging roles for eight actors/ singers and combines the ingenious comic expertise of Alan Ayckbourn with John Pattison's fully integrated score (published separately) that ranges from the operatic to pop.

Grayson and his formidable wife, Chrissie, are hosting a garden party at their Leatherhead home. Robert, an artist formerly married to their eldest daughter Amanda, has borrowed the garden summer house to work on illustrations of Beauty and the Beast for a children's book, but Robert is not so much painting as drinking and berating womankind in general, and Amanda in particular. So, it's an uphill struggle for Amanda's young sister, Mel, who nurtures an unrequited love for Robert. As the summer evening progresses and Robert becomes ever more cynical, the subject of his painting, Belle, suddenly materialises before him, closely followed by an irate Amanda, her cowering husband Sinclair and Baldemar, a beast, come in search of Belle ...

Cast: M4 F4

Setting: a garden summer house

Perusal material available

Libretto ISBN 0 573 08104 2 | Vocal score ISBN 0 573 08599 4