Unwrap the magic this festive season at Square Chapel Arts Centre, with their very first home-produced family Christmas show!

Square Chapel Arts Centre & Beacon Actors present

Beauty and the Beast

Tuesday 19 – Sunday 24 December


2017 has been an exciting year for the Arts Centre in the heart of Halifax, with the opening of their new building, cinema and cafe/bar, the announcement and support of some well-known patrons, a packed programme of films, live music and theatre events and now they have teamed up with the Beacon Actors Company for their first ever family Christmas show – Beauty and the Beast.

Michaela O’Sullivan (Head of Audiences at Square Chapel) said: “we are delighted to be working in partnership with the Beacon Actors Company, made up of young professional actors aged 18 – 24 years, to bring families this beautiful adaptation of a well-loved tale – Beauty and the Beast. It’s also the first time we have produced our very own Christmas show and we hope families enjoy it as much as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.”

The Beacon Actors Company, named after their collectively favourite place in Calderdale – Beacon Hill, was set up in 2013, originally as the Calderdale Young Actor’s Company. It was designed as a mechanism to provide opportunities for former members of Calderdale Theatre School to keep working in the arts after they had graduated.

In this story, the theft of a single rose has monstrous consequences for Beauty and her father, because this is no ordinary rose…and this is no ordinary fairy tale. Narrated by a pair of mischievous fairies, a very helpful rabbit and a thought snatcher machine, this timeless story will surprise, delight and enchant audiences.


Adapted for the stage by Lucy Kirkwood and first performed at The National Theatre in London, this new co-production is full of beautiful scenery, captivating storytelling, compelling live action and some magical shadow play. A perfect winter treat for all the family this Christmas.


Festive films for all the family:

On Saturday 23 December (2pm) catch everyone’s favourite Elf back on the big screen for one day only. Join Buddy as he leaves the North Pole for the Big Apple to find his dad and his true identity. Share the Christmas cheer with this fun family film and discover your inner elf!


On Saturday 30 December (2pm) head down to the Arts Centre in Halifax and warm those voices up with Anna and Elsa in Disney’s coolest animated adventure – Frozen Sing-a-long. When a kingdom is trapped in an eternal winter, Princess Anna teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff on an epic journey to find her sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.


Round-up your loved ones on Friday 22 December (11am) and see Miracle on 34th Street.

When a nice old who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalised, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. Enjoy this heart-warming classic film full of Christmas magic for all the family.


Other festive films the arts centre has to offer include; a selection of magical animations by the much-loved artist and author, Raymond Briggs including Ethel & Ernest, The Snowman and The Snowman and the Snowdog.


On Friday 15 December at 11am, Sunday 17 December at 1.30pm and Wednesday 20 December at 5.45pm families are invited to see ‘Ethel & Ernest – an animated film based on the true love story of Raymond Briggs’ parents from their first meeting in 1928 until their deaths in 1971. Follow Ethel and Ernest through the events of World War II and the swinging 60s in this heartfelt, affectionate and bittersweet journey that pays a wonderful tribute to their memory.


Families can also enjoy screenings of the popular ‘The Snowman’ and ‘The Snowman and The Snowdog on Saturday 16 December at 2pm. The Snowman and The Snowdog was released in 2012, on the 30th anniversary of The Snowman and tells the story of a friendship that comes to life again after a young boy and his mother move home. The perfect winter treat for families wanting to keep with those festive traditions.


Festive fun for grown-ups

As well as festive films and performances for the little ones, Square Chapel also have lots for big kids to see and do including Raymond Briggs ‘When the Wind Blows (Saturday 16 December, 8.15pm and Monday 18 December, 8.15pm) and live music from the award-winning fiddle player Tom McConville (Thursday 7 December, 8pm) and The Lancashire five piece band – The Swing Commanders (Saturday 9 December, 8pm) and much more.


For a full list of all the films and theatre shows this Christmas visit squarechapel.co.uk or call the box office on 01422 349422.

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