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Black Beauty

Black Beauty
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A galloping, five-star triumph ★★★★★
The Guardian


    Written byAndy Manley, Andy Cannon and Shona Reppe
    Start date2 Dec 2016
    End date24 Dec 2016

    Traverse Theatre Company & Red Bridge 

    Join the Traverse Theatre Company and Red Bridge Arts this Christmas as they bring an energetic new production, inspired by best-selling book Black Beauty, cantering onto the stage.

    From the cosy horsebox they call home, Andy and Andy take the bit firmly between their teeth and tell the classic tale of Black Beauty as you've never seen it before.

    Saddle up, jump on and gallop headlong into a story where loneliness gives way to hope, friends become heroes, and courage saves the day.

    Blending storytelling, music and puppetry, this vibrant re-telling of Black Beauty offers fun and adventure for fans of the book, classic TV show and those brand new to the tale, and is sure to warm your heart during the coldest of winter nights.

    Performed by Andy Manley (WhiteMikey & Addie) and Andy Cannon (Tales of a GrandsonLabyrinth), with design by Shona Reppe (White, Huff).

    #BlackBeautyPlay / 

    Fri 2 Dec, 7pm
    Sat 3 Dec, 2.30pm

    Dates & Times
    Sat 3 - Sat 24 Dec (no Mon performances)

    10.30am performances
    Tue 6 - Wed 7, Tue 13 - Thu 15, Tue 20 - Thu 22 Dec & Sat 24 Dec

    2.30pm performances
    Sun 4, Sat 10, Sun 11, Sat 17, Sun 18, Fri 23 & Sat 24 Dec

    7pm performances
    Sat 3 Dec, Thu 8 - Sat 10 Dec, Thu 15 - Sat 17 Dec & Thu 22 - Fri 23 Dec

    Preview Tickets
    Adult £10
    Child £8

    Adult £14
    Child £12
    Standard concession £12
    Other concession £8

    Multi-buy offer £48 (group of 4, minimum 1 adult and 1 child)
    Group offer 11th ticket free

    Give us a call on 0131 228 1404 or email to discuss your requirements and to organise your booking. 

    Access & Relaxed Performance
    Wed 14 Dec, 2.30pm
    Tickets £12 (free companion tickets where applicable)
    Find out more here

    Captioned Performance
    Sat 10 Dec, 2.30pm

    Audio Described & BSL Performance
    Sun 18 Dec, 2.30pm (with Touch Tour)


    Running time
    1h 30m (including one interval)

    Age Recommendation
    Family, 6+

    Access and Relaxed performances of Black Beauty are supported by the Santander Foundation

    Image by Mihaela Bodlovic

    • Andy Manley & Andy Cannon

      Performed by
    • Shona Reppe

    • The Company

      Devised by
    • Alice McGrath / Red Bridge

    • A galloping, five-star triumph ★★★★★
      The Guardian
    • It’s the cleverly-nuanced emotional heart of the piece that takes Black Beauty cantering an extra, impressive mile. ★★★★★
      The Herald
    • This innovative, hilarious piece of theatre is an all- round treat for children of all ages. ★★★★★
      Edinburgh Guide
    • These equine illusionists hit every mark you weren’t even aware of. ★★★★★
      TV Bomb
    • Inventive framing of Anna Sewell's novel from Scotland's leading practitioners in theatre for young people. ★★★★
      The Stage
    • A gentle humour that has the kids in the audience shouting with laughter. ★★★★
      The Scotsman
    • Deserves every overjoyed round of applause ★★★★
      The Independent
    • Funny and touching... with an appropriately seasonal message of togetherness and hope. ★★★★
      All Edinburgh Theatre
    • This modern take on the classic will literally have younger attendees rolling in the aisles with laughter and delight. ★★★★
      The Skinny
    • Inventively and powerfully achieved ★★★★
      Broadway Baby
    • Don't hold your horses, this one's a winner. ★★★★
      The Times
    • This fun, joyful and touching production is a worthy recipient of the Black Beauty baton. ★★★★
      The List
    • Black Beauty is a true family show, we came out delighted.
      Primary Times
    • Very funny and deliciously unique.
      Sunday Herald
    • A Christmas show dream team.
      The List
    • Some of the UK’s best specialists in theatre for children and family audiences – are involved in bringing this story to the stage.
      The Guardian

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