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Beasts and Beauties, Hampstead Theatre

Beasts and Beauties, Hampstead Theatre

The folk tales of the Brothers Grimm get a rough and ready makeover

Fairy-tale feast: Kelly Williams and Jack Tarlton in 'Beauty and the Beast'Johan Persson

Once upon a time there was a free spirit called Tim, who fell in love with olde folk tales and created little shows all about spells and wonders, and peopled them with princes and princesses, farmers and animals. When he was more grown up, he formed a gang with another free spirit and then with a lady known as the Poet Laureate, who came from a cold, snow-covered country in the North. Then the three of them created a bigger show and staged it in a city called Bristol in the West of England several years ago. Then finally they brought this show, which had grown and grown, to the chief city of the kingdom.

There is murder, robbery and mayhem, followed by the terrible pain of loss, and often coupled with a love of justice - the most powerful emotion of all

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Just to add to your excellent review, the live music (which includes drumming on tin cans) is an especially enjoyable feature. I recommend for children of 4-12.

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