Bringing the magic ingredients to Beauty and the Beast

As the ever-popular musical comes to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, director Matt West reveals how he has updated elements of the classic story for modern times, but has still kept it true to the original

Beauty and the Beast runs at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from November 24-January 8

It is 8pm in Tokyo and Matt West is in his hotel, recovering after a long day’s rehearsal. A film strip lines the wall behind him, showing the familiar silhouettes of Mickey Mouse and his girlfriend Minnie dancing a decorative border around the room. West, in Japan to put some finishing touches to the country’s first production of Beauty and the Beast: The Musical, is staying at a hotel in Disneyland Tokyo. It’s a home ...