4 star reviews for Beauty and the Beast

The reviews are in for Beauty and the Beast

Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz in Beauty and the Beast at the Young Vic, until 21 December 2013. Photo by Sheila Burnett 9585

★★★★
Beautiful, beastly brilliance.”
The Daily Telegraph – read the full review here.

★★★★
Dangerous, playful, eliciting screams of scandalised laughter.”
The Times

★★★★
An X-rated saucy seaside postcard brought to life.
The Guardian – read the full review here.

★★★★
“An X-rated affair that’s moving, thought-provoking and completely charming.”
Time Outread the full review here

★★★★
 “A show of such wit and verve that you don’t want it to end.”
The Arts Desk – read the full review here.

Beauty and the Beast runs until 21 December. For tickets or to find out more, click here.

11 Questions with the cast of Beauty and the Beast – Jess Mabel Jones

IMG_9393Jess Mabel Jones is currently appearing in the ‘dangerous and playful’ Beauty and the Beast. Here she answers our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Beauty and the Beast in three words?
Moulding, puppeteer, slave.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Learning to twerk or rouging my nipples.


What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Beauty and the Beast. Honestly, this whole process has been incredible.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Oh Jeez. Just one? Red Wine.

What is your favourite word?
Perhaps ‘bedding’. My Spanish friend loves the word because in Spanish the closest you can get is ‘clothes for the bed’. ‘Bedding’ symbolises how copiously bursting the English language is.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
All my mates.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
It was with work, but China. Beijing particularly. It’s another world, hectic, relentless and beautiful in autumn.

Favourite city and why?
London. It has a sordid and exciting history, has the best museums, galleries, streets, stories, it’s full of my favourite people and it’s my home.

What is your favourite song?
This changes so often, but right at this very moment, because I’m listening to it A Thief at My Door by Karen Elson.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
Oh I’m perfectly happy being here right now, as I am.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
The ability to stand in any place and see back 100 or 1000 years ago or something, not take part, just check it out. Or to speak all the languages in the world. Or to play all the instruments. My friend has a great one- he wants to be able to make people orgasm just like that. Imagine fighting a war and that was your weapon? Deeming a whole army useless because they’ve just got off. It would be great.

Beauty and the Beast is on now until 21 December. To book or find out more, click here.

11 Questions with the cast of Beauty and the Beast – Jonny Dixon

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Puppeteer and performer Jonny Dixon answers our 11 Questions ahead of Beauty and the Beast’s arrival at the Young Vic next week….

Can you describe your character in Beauty and the Beast in three words?
Right Hand Man.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Cutting out paper rose petals.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Is whisky a snack?

What are you most passionate about?
Right now it’s building a 90ft steel houseboat from scratch… it’s a ridiculously ambitious project, kind of an agony and ecstasy thing! She’ll be a beauty when she’s finished though.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Er… an hour learning guitar, an hour drawing, an hour cooking new recipes… and an extra hour in bed!

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
People I love.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Exploring the Borneo rainforest… awesome.

Favourite city and why?
I love Florence… amazing atmosphere and completely crammed with stunning art, architecture and history. Great food and wine too! (Barcelona is a close second for the same reasons).

Dogs or cats?
Definitely cats.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?I reckon I’d make a good Victorian explorer (the ‘Bohemian artist’ type rather than the ‘shoot it and bring it back home to stuff it’ type!)

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Flight, without a doubt. It’s been a while since I’ve had a flying dream but I always wake up smiling afterwards.

Beauty and the Beast runs at the Young Vic from 4 – 21 December. Click here to book tickets or to find out more.

11 Questions with the cast of Beauty and the Beast – Mat Fraser

BB8 low resBeauty and the Beast’s Mat Fraser, actor, writer and leader in the disability arts world, answers our 11 Questions…. 

Can you describe your character in Beauty and the Beast in three words?
Beastly: Perfectly Deformed.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Vocal warm up, stretching, chatting and peeing.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Dark Chocolate.

What are you most passionate about?
The social injustice of disabled people’s lack of equality.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Have sex, sleep, write, train.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Members of the Wirtz family in Wuppertal, Germany, ready to sign their agreement for adequate compensation. That or Julie, naked. That or dark chocolate… no, I know, naked Julie covered in dark chocolate, with the Wirtz family having to watch what happened next, before signing.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
New Zealand’s North Island for 10 days in 2010

Favourite city and why?
New York, because it’s exciting, it gets me and Julie lives there.

What is your favourite song?
That’s tough, so many. Today it’s Rainbow Connection by Kermit, yesterday it was Tomorrow She Goes Away by The Ramones, tomorrow it’ll be Skanga by Rupy Edwards.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
The next one, because it sounds fun!

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Telekinesis. Because then I could travel to and from international cities without flying, polluting, paying, and waiting.

Beauty and the Beast runs at the Young Vic from 4 – 21 December. Click here to book tickets or to find out more.

11 Questions with the cast of Beauty and the Beast – Julie Atlas Muz

bb low resWe asked American burlesque star and Beauty and the Beast’s very own Julie Atlas Muz to answer our 11 Questions…

You play Beauty in Beauty and the Beast, can you describe your character in three words?
Naive, Curious, sexual.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
10 minutes before the show I am either dancing to the preshow punk rock track or                                                                               panicking putting on eyelashes.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Jr Black’s Office, the first play I performed in NYC. We performed 23 second story windows of an office building in lower Manhattan, the audience stood across the street and listened to the sound track on a pirate FM radio station. This was the first collaborative show of chashama.

What is your favourite word?
Estacionamiento is my favorite sounding word, but it means parking lot in Spanish. My favorite French word is jouissance which means orgasmic joy and my favorite English/American word for the moment is yogurt.

What are you most passionate about?
Dance and feminism.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
My best friends in NYC all dressed up having a party, Bambi the Mermaid, Dirty Martini, Tigger, Bunny Love, Pinkie Special just to name a few.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
A Volga River Cruise with my mother or Tulum, Mexico with Mat in 2011.

Favourite city and why?
New York City, because it is the best place on earth, duh!

What is your favourite song?
Oh god there are so many and it changes all the time. Carless Whisper by WHAM and She’s Lost Control Again by Joy Division, Gay Bar by Electric Six and so many more. I love it all, except Celtic Music.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
I would like to have been at my peak age in the 1970s: great fashion, sexual revolution, birth of disco, PUNK, pre AIDS, drug revolution, the best of times and the worst of time, all with central heating and hot water.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
I would choose invisible flight. I have always fantasized about that ever since I read it in Master and Margarite and it sounds like fun!

Beauty and the Beast runs at the Young Vic from 4 – 21 December. Click here to book tickets or to find out more.

Behind the scenes with Beauty and the Beast

Along with our exciting 2014 season announcement, we have also revealed that this December, Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz will star in surprising new take on classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beastdirected by Improbable’s Phelim McDermott.

We caught up with the company on set of a photo shoot for the show. The chemistry between our Beauty (Julie Atlas Muz) and her Beast (Mat Fraser), a couple in real life as well as in this new production, was electric. We also managed to sneak some behind the scenes shots of Mat and Julie in action in front of the camera…

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Thousands of rose petals as well as props and costumes the cast have been using in rehearsals set the scene and we got some great shots. We also chatted to the company about what they’d been getting up to in rehearsals so far. Click
here to watch our interview with Mat Fraser as he reveals all about Naked Wednesdays in the rehearsal room…

The final shots from the photo shoot will be revealed soon, so watch this space.

Beauty and the Beast
runs from 4 – 21 December and tickets are on sale now. To book or find out more, click here.

Theatre Uncut and Brand New Ancients announced

Two new shows have been announced this morning! Theatre Uncut returns to the Young Vic, and Kate Tempest’s Brand New Ancients plays for 1 night only.

Theatre UncutTHEATRE UNCUT
19 – 23 NOV

Exciting playwrights respond to the current political situation with short, sharp pieces of work. This critically-acclaimed project returns to the Young Vic for the second year running for 5 dates only.

Capitalism is Crisis 
by Tim Price
Two worlds collide when a banker discovers the power of Occupy and an activist discovers the power of money.

Amanda 
by Kieran Hurley
Submerged by daily pressures, a politician reflects on how tough decisions are made when the stakes are high.

Pick One 
by Neil LaBute
Three middle-aged white guys come up with controversial way to solve America’s problems – off the record.

Church Forced To Put Up Gates After Font Is Used As Wash Basin By Migrants 
by Mark Thomas
A darkly humorous tale of a right-wing newspaper owner who finds himself in a compromising position when some disgruntled readers decide to pay him a visit.

The Wing 
by Clara Brennan
A father and daughter square off over Page Three and the English Defence League as their wildly different reactions to austerity are revealed.

AncientsForwebsiteBRAND NEW ANCIENTS
3 Jan 2014

The gods are in the betting shops, the gods are in the cafe, 
The gods can’t afford the deposit on their flat…
Winged sandals tearing up the pavement,
Me, you, everyone, brand new ancients.
 

Poet and spoken word artist Kate Tempest tells an everyday epic over an exhilarating live score played by tuba, cello, violin, drums and electronics, that finds the gods of today all around us and reveals that our true heroes are much closer than we think.

This year, Brand New Ancients was awarded the Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry as well as the Herald Angel Award at Edinburgh Fringe.


A genuinely galvanizing presence.’
The Guardian on Kate Tempest


A truly fresh and compelling voice.’
Evening Standard on Kate Tempest

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