Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast  is a traditional fairy tale written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740. The tale has been notably adapted for screen, stage, prose, and television over the years.
Translations and adaptations
Among the texts performed in South Africa have been:
Beauty and the Beast (1841): a "Fairy Extravaganza" in two acts by J.R. Planché, first performed in London at the Theatre Royal Covent Garden in 1841, with Madame Vestris. Published at C by and in New York as no XIV of The Minor Drama by Bedford and Co in 1847.
Performance history in South Africa
1857: The Planché version was performed by the Sefton Parry company in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town theatre on 24 December, for one performance only, with A Kiss in the Dark as afterpiece. Billed as "a magnificent Burlesque Fairy Spectacle in Three Acts and several Tableaux", it was possibly the first English pantomime presented in full in South Africa, though Parry himself claimed this distinction for Babes in the Wood (1858).
1858: The Planché version was performed by the Sefton Parry company in the Cape Town Theatre on 2 March, with The Tragical History of Lord Lovel performed by J.E.H. English and The Wandering Minstrel (Mayhew) as afterpieces.
1878: Billed as the Baby Benson Pantomime (with a libretto in part by St John Knight) in the Athenaeum Theatre, Cape Town, in association with the local Dramatic Recital Society, and directed by Monsieur Frigerio.
1978: A production by Compass Productions, using the 1951 text by Nicholas Stuart Gray and directed by Helen Houghton at The Space (Cape Town), with James Andrews, Lyn Banner, Paul Bosman, Nicholas Fine, Cindy Just, Judith Krummeck and Corinne Willoughby. (Designs by René Hermanus, sound and lighting by Tony Twine and Vivian Bickford as Stage Manager)
Facsimile version of the 1841 text by Planché, The Digital Archive
Percy Tucker. 1997. Just the Ticket. My 50 Years in Show Business. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press: p.156.
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