Beauty and the Beast in Sydney 2023 [review]
Beauty and the Beast, one of Disney’s much-loved classics, is back as a brand-new production presented by Disney Theatrical Productions Australia. This family-friendly show opened last night at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, the perfect home for this extravagant show. I was lucky enough to be invited along and I have to say it’s one of the most visually spectacular shows I have seen in a long time. If you love musical theatre, this is a show that needs to be on your list for 2023.
TLDR – Disney has once again brought to life the beloved tale in a spectacle of art, technology and dance arrangements. With over 300 exquisite costumes, 119 wigs, and even some fireworks, the beautiful staging of this show is a feast for the senses. With resounding applause and a mid-performace standing ovation this is a must see for 2023.
The Story of Beauty and the Beast
If you have never read or seen the story on screen, Beauty and the Beast is a much-loved classic, based on a French fairytale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.
Belle, a book-loving beauty, lives in a small village and dreams of adventure. When her father is imprisoned by a beast, Belle offers to take his place as the Beast’s captive. The Beast, who was once a handsome prince, is cursed and can only be freed by true love.
As Belle and the Beast spend more time together, they develop a deep bond founded on compassion and understanding. Meanwhile, the arrogant Gaston tries to win Belle’s heart by any means necessary. Belle must choose between the two, and her choice speaks to the themes of the story: inner beauty and redemption.
Along the way, Belle befriends enchanted household items, including the charming candelabra Lumiere. Beauty and the Beast is a story of true love that sees beyond outward appearances and values what lies within.
“Based on the 1991 animated film, the original production of Beauty and the Beast played for more than 13 years on Broadway, remaining to this day one of the top 10 longest running shows in Broadway history, and touring to 37 countries worldwide.”
Opening Night Review
The production captured the essence of Beauty and the Beast with stunning visuals, captivating performances, and a heartwarming story. We immediately adored Belle, were floored by how handsome Gaston was and eventually come to love the Beast.
The stellar Australian principal cast includes Shubshri Kandiah as Belle, Brendan Xavier as Beast, and Jackson Head as Gaston. Each are perfect for their roles; indeed, the entire cast delivered a captivating and memorable performance that had me (and the rest of the audience) enthralled from start to finish.
The ensemble cast displayed remarkable chemistry, creating a sense of unity and energy that elevated the entire performance.
Rohan Browne in the role of Lumiere was a particular favourite and shone front and centre during the literal showstopping Be Our Guest number. Gareth Jacobs as Cogsworth gave a performance that was every bit as wonderful as Bert Newtown’s 1996 role. And Jayde Westaby as Mrs Potts with the lovely young Chip pulled at the heart strings.
The venue for Beauty and the Beast in Sydney
The 2023 season of Beauty and the Beast is playing at the Capitol Theatre. One of the most iconic venues in Sydney, its grandeur is unmatched.
Located just a short walk from Central or Town Hall station, the Capitol has been hosting world-class performances for over a century. Its 2000 odd seats were filled opening night and the elaborate interior is a perfect fit for Beauty and the Beast.
What I especially love about the Capitol is that no matter where I have been seated, I have always had an excellent view of the stage. I have sat everywhere from the back row of the stalls to the upper level of the dress circle and enjoyed the performances.
Purchase tickets to Beauty and the Beast in Sydney
Tickets to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast are on sale now for performances through to 5th November 2023, exclusively through Ticketmaster.
You can get seats for a low as $50 if you are happy to attend mid week evening performances outside of school holiday dates. Buy 4 tickets at once for mid-week evening performances and you can save $20 per ticket in selected price reserves.
The 7pm start time makes it viable for a school night with the performance running 2 hours 30 minutes (including a 20 minute interval).
Pre Theatre Dining and Cocktail options for Beauty and the Beast
Want to take your Beauty and the Beast experience to the next level? We suggest you check out the official cocktail experiences and dining packages on offer at the Kimpton Margot.
The Wilmot Bar will extend your enchanted evening with a selection of Beauty and the Beast inspired cocktails.
- La Belle Enfant (aviation gin, cherry brandy liqueur, yuzu citrus juice, egg whites and Taittinger Champagne)
- The Versailles Dream (Ciroc Vodka, camomile tea, Luke Mangan’s secret syrup, butterfly pea powder and soda water).
- The Chimera (brandy, Frangelico, mozart white chocolate, fresh cream and Kahlua)
A 3-course pre-theatre dinner menu is available in Luke Mangan’s one-hat restaurant, Luke’s Kitchen for just $87 per person .
Themed dishes on offer include the very french Cheese Souffle (double baked cheese souffle with gruyere and cheddar cheese), Fish A La Belle (turmeric & semolina crusted barramundi with saffron aioli and hazelnut dressing) Bimbettes Gnocchi (with seasonal vegetables and hazelnut dressing) or Beef Cheek Ragout for main and the choice of The Grey Stuff (profiterole, coconut ice cream and dulce de leche) or Strawberries in Champagne for dessert.
The Beauty and the Beast inspired pre-theatre menu is available in Luke’s Kitchen from 5pm every Tuesday to Saturday from 22 June 2023 until 28 January 2024. Book pre-theatre dining at Luke’s Kitchen.
Beauty and the Beast Sydney Accommodation Partner
If you are coming to Sydney for Beauty and the Beast and looking for somewhere to stay, check out the Kimpton Margot, the official accommodation partner of the show. The hotel will be offering special accommodation packages on Friday and Saturday nights.
These include an overnight stay in a King Premium Room or above; a Beauty and the Beast inspired 3-course
pre-theatre dinner for two in Luke’s Kitchen; two A Reserve Tickets to see Beauty and the Beast and breakfast for two in Luke’s Kitchen the next morning.
Nestled in the heart of the city, Kimpton Margot offers guests a luxurious stay with world class dining options and access to modern facilities including a fitness centre, and a rooftop pool that boasts panoramic views of the harbour city.
Not only is Kimpton Margot ideally located to provide convenient access to Capitol Theatre but it also provides a relaxing retreat for guests looking to unwind before or after the event.
*We attended the opening of Beauty and the Beast as guests