Welcome to Beauty & The Beast
Beauty and The Beast is a classic Christmas show – playing to audiences big and small on the QE2 during the Festive season. Belle and The Beast (SPOILER ALERT: he’s not a beast all the time) and all the fabulous cast bring you an amazing and magical adventure.
Join our beautiful book reading Belle (Beauty) – who, after stumbling into the Beast’s castle, is taken prisoner by The Beast, but finally comes to love him.
Based on the 18th century French fairy tale La Belle et la Bete- the story is still as popular and morally relevant today.
As punishment for his selfish actions, a handsome young prince is transformed into a monstrous beast by a mysterious enchantress. To lift the curse, the prince must learn to love someone and earn their love in return. Enter a young bookworm, known lovingly as Beauty (Belle) who stumbles upon the castle and is taken prisoner by the Beast whilst searching for her father.
With help from the Beast's servants, themselves cursed to be household items, Beauty comes to appreciate and love the Beast, whilst all the while evading an arrogant admirer who wants to kill the Beast and marry Belle himself!
But don’t worry – as with all our family shows – there’s a happy ending (and we’re hoping we’ll have another Award nominated production!)
This show would not have been possible without our partners – Saxo Bank – so a huge THANK YOU to them!
Cast of Characters
Belle la Fille (Beauty) – Melodie Gibson
Prince Beauregarde (Beast) – Jordan Standell
Claude La Pere (Belle’s Father) - John Martin
Jacques Le Blaque (Local Lothario) – Michael Harrison
Madame Magique (Witch) / Mrs Tia Terre (Teapot) – Robyn Nash
Louis Luminaire (Comic Candelabra) – Stefan Gough
Pierre / Chanel le Cloque (Carriage Clock) – Kester Lewis
Chipeoeuff le Bloque (Child / Tea Cup) – Maxwell Lyus / Arran Kabli
Mimi / Monique – Georgia Clarke / Kenzy Zakaria
Fifi the Feather Duster – Bella Ross
Director – John Martin
Assistant Director / Stage Manager - Lizzie Goodridge
Show Technician - Rahail Siddiqui
Melodie Gibson (Beauty)
This is Melodie’s second time in Dubai performing and she’s so happy to be back in the sunshine singing and acting!
In the U.K she has her our own princesses business and singing duo with her fellow cast member and good friend Robyn.
Melodie’s been performing for many years on and off screen in short films, adverts and gets spooky every October, scaring people at Tulley’s farm, the biggest Halloween event in Europe. She also has a love for Shakespeare, having performed in Twelfth Night, As You Like It and Comedy Of Errors.
Performing on the iconic QE2 is a dream come true for this history enthusiast and Melodie can’t wait to play Bella in this classic fairytale.
Jordan Standell (Beast)
Jordan graduated from The Urdang Academy London with a Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre.
He was involved in a variety of different shows whilst training, a lead vocalist in MOVE IT at the ExCeL London, The UK premiere of the Chaplin Workshop at the Actors Centre, playing Gordon Schwinn in A New Brain and finally before leaving drama school he played Neville Craven in The Secret Garden for his Final Musical.
Before joining The Urdang Academy Jordan was fortunate enough to bag himself as a Vocalist in The Magic of the Musical UK TOUR.
Jordan is extremely excited to be a part of Beauty and the Beast in Dubai.
John Martin (Claude La Pere)
This will be John’s 10th season here in Dubai!
For 10 years he was Artistic Director of Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre taking it from the point of closure to the heathiest position it has been in many years.
He has produced and directed many Christmas shows for Trinity including The Adventures of Mr Toad, Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol, The BFG, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and The Wind in the Willows – his production of The Wizard of Oz in 2017 was given a 5 star review in the Stage - it’s highest accolade.
As well as being an actor, director and voice over artist – he has a weekly spot on BBC Radio Kent’s Dominic King show as his theatre correspondent. John is also Executive Producer and Artistic Director of John Martin Productions which also produces professional productions of plays and musicals which include Leading Ladies (UK professional premiere),
Last year John directed Peter Pan on the QE2 and was thrilled that it was nominated for a Time Out Award for best theatrical performance and received a commendation for it’s outstanding contribution to the nightlife of Dubai.
Michael Harrison (Jacues Le Black)
Michael graduated from Performance Preparation Academy, Guildford, with a Diploma in Acting for Stage and Screen.
He has featured in many different productions since graduating. Some of his credits include Demetrius in the UK tour of ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’, Noel in the Original UK production of ‘Can’t Stop It: The Musical’ and he has recently finished filming the official music video to ‘Love Me Like The Movies’ which was number 1 in the UK Country Charts.
This is Michael’s first time in Dubai and he is very excited to be part of Beauty and the Beast onboard the QE2.
Robyn Nash (Madame Magique / Mrs. Tia Tierre)
Robyn is no stranger to the UAE, having performed in many h2 Productions including Jasmine in Aladdin, Anya in The Snow Queen and an ugly step sister in Cinderella, to name just a few.
She’s also performed on cruises, in touring shows around the world and continues to sing in the UK, as a soloist and part of her duo with Melodie (see above), The Song Birds. Robyn also runs her own jingle business, IOU music.
Mrs T hopes you enjoy Beauty & The Beast and suggests you celebrate after with a nice cuppa!
Stefan Gough (Louis Luminaire)
Stefan has featured in Living the Dream at The Other Palace London playing the part of John Lennon as well as Stevie in Can’t Stop It at the Dominion Theatre and Robin in the European Tour of Robin Hood..
He is ever so excited to be returning to Dubai this Christmas and is looking forward to having a “warm” Christmas!
Kester Lewis (Chanel le Cloque)
Kester has been performing all of his life making his theatrical debut at the age of six in his ballet school showcase.
Since training in performing arts Kester has appeared on TV, film and commercials in the UK performed all around the world in productions in Thailand, Qatar and entertained for Princess Cruises cruising Alaska, the Panama Canal and the Caribbean.
Kester has spent the last 4 winter seasons in Dubai performing at Global Village as a street actor and last years Circus Ringmaster.
Kester is very excited and happy to be playing Chanel the enchanted clock onboard the iconic QE2 and wishes everyone a very Joyeux Noël.
The Beauty & The Beast Ensemble (Dancing, Singing & Acting!)
Lina Chouli, Georgia Clarke (Mimi 1), Cushla Corrigan, Kareem Dawalibi, Samiksha Ganesan, Arran Kabli (Chip 2), Ahana Karthikeyan, Maxwell Lyus (Chip 1), Ksenia Maksyutina, Come Pinau (Chip 3), Katie Robertson, Bella Ross (Fifi), Zhasmin Shabovta, Eleanor Shakespeare, Romina Satvatmanesh, Katie Weber, Kenzy Zakaria (Mimi 2).