Beauty And The Beast Version 1

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Synopsis:

A story of a Prince transformed into a Beast and an ill-fated bet between the good Fairy Rose and the evil Witch Thorn. The traditional plot of the well-loved fairy tale, blended with traditional pantomime characters, including a Dame and two ugly sister types.

Roles:

11 principals (evisages one actor doubling as the Prince and the Beast) plus several minor speaking roles, a chorus, and a werewolf.

Runtime:

All of our scripts have a runtime of approx 120 minutes, assuming that you use the full number of suggested musical numbers and not including any interval. But this is very dependent on your own production and can be edited by yourselves to suit.

Music:

All of our pantomimes come with a full, suggested songs and music cues and SFX list.

Style:

Traditional British pantomime, incorporating visual comedy, slapstick and audience participation.

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Characters

Belle
Dame Dolly Donut
Canderel
Nutella
Mr Baguette
Prince Louis
Beast
Crouton
Gustave
Garcon
Fairy Rose
Witch Thorn

Chorus/Minor roles

Paramedics
Bakery workers
Werewolf
Castle Guards
Children
Villagers, etc

Scene One

The Village Of Le Petit Pain

Baguette’s bakery is (USR) and has a practical door. Music cue 2: Villagers. After song ends…

Enter Belle (DSR) reading a book.

Villagers Good morning Belle!

Belle (looks up from her book) Good morning all!

Villager 1 What book are you reading today, Belle?

Belle It’s called, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.

Villager 2 What’s it about?

Belle It’s about a poor unfortunate man, who is persecuted because of his appearance.

Villager 3 People can be so cruel, can’t they?

Enter Gustave (SL)

Belle (glancing at Gustave) They certainly can.

Village Girls It’s Gustave! (all gather around Gustave)

Gustave (posing) Feast your eyes, girls. Music cue 3: Gustave. After song ends…

Villager 4 Have you chosen a partner for tonight’s village dance yet, Gustave?

Gustave No, but I’ll be picking some lucky girl very soon.

Girls (in unison) Pick me, Gustave!

Gustave Sorry girls, you’ll have to wait and see. Run along now. I wish to speak to Belle – alone.

Exit Girls groaning in disappointment.

Belle Make it quick Gustave. I have better things to do, than stand here talking to you.

Gustave You’ll soon change your tune, Belle. When you discover that you’re the lucky girl I’m taking to the village dance tonight.

Belle Well this lucky girl, is declining your invite.

Gustave You can’t be serious, Belle. Why every girl in the village would jump at the chance, of going to the dance with me.

Belle Then maybe you should ask one of them instead.

Gustave Why deny yourself Belle? We were meant for each other.

Belle I don’t think so Gustave. Now, if you’ll excuse me. I have work to do at father’s bakery.

Gustave I hear you’re expecting a royal visitor today.

Belle Yes. Prince Louis is presenting father with an award, for services to baking.

Gustave And well deserved it is, I’m sure. It would be a pity if everything he worked so hard for, were to suddenly disappear overnight.

Belle What do you mean by that?

Gustave Accidents do happen Belle. Earthquake, flood…(emphasises)…fire!

Belle That sounded like a threat, Gustave.

Gustave Nonsense, Belle.

Belle I won’t be blackmailed into going out with you, Gustave.

Gustave Blackmail’s a nasty word, Belle.

Belle A nasty word for a nasty man.

Gustave You’re obviously overwhelmed by the thought of going out with me, Belle. I’ll leave you to think about it and ask you again later.

Belle And the answer will still be the same.

Gustave (darkly) Then I suggest you think carefully, before answering the next time. (exits SL)

Belle (to audience) I could never go out with anybody as vain and nasty as Gustave.

Enter Crouton (SR) carrying a large baguette.

Crouton Hiya, Belle!

Belle (glum) Oh, hello Crouton.

Crouton What’s the matter, Belle? You look a bit down.

Belle Gustave’s asked me to the village dance and won’t take no for an answer.

Crouton He’s also been going around warning all the village boys, not to ask you out.

Belle It’s my father I’m worried about.

Crouton Why? Doesn’t he have anybody to go with?

Belle No! It’s his bakery.

Crouton You’ve lost me completely now, Belle.

Belle I must warn father to guard against, accidents. See you later Crouton. (exits SR)

Crouton (waves) Bye Belle! (to audience) Hello everybody! I’m Crouton, chief dough kneader at Baguette’s Bakery. And I need the dough, believe you me. My finances are flatter than a sunken soufflé. And to top it all, me baguette keeps going limp. Look. (holds it up and it droops – see properties) I blame it on that new flour Mr Baguette’s started using. It’s supposed to self-raising, but I keep having to pick it up myself. I do like working at the bakery though, and…can I trust you with a secret? (response) I’m in love with Mr Baguette’s daughter, Belle. She’s beautiful and kind, and everything I’ve ever dreamed of. I wonder if she could ever fall for a dough boy with a droopy baguette.

Canderel & Nutella (shouts off) Crouton!

Crouton That sounds like Mr Baguette’s stepdaughters, He inherited them after his second wife, died unexpectedly. I wouldn’t say they were ugly. But they once went on a nudist beach, and the tide went out and never came back. And last week, a peeping-tom knocked on the door and begged them to shut their bedroom curtains.

Enter Canderel and Nutella (SL) singing.

Canderel & Nutella #Heeey, heey, baby! Ooh-aah!#

Crouton (aside to audience) This is Canderel and Nutella, Belle’s ugly stepsisters.

Nutella I heard that!

Crouton (all innocent) Heard what?

Nutella You know very well, what. Nothing gets past my ears.

Crouton I’m not surprised. They’re like satellite dishes.

Nutella Watch it, dough boy!

Candere (indicating audience) What are all that lot doing here?

Crouton I think they’re here to meet Prince Louis.

Canderel Well they’d better not get in the way and cramp my style. I’m hoping to impress the Prince with my enormous meringues. (hoists chest)

Nutella The Prince won’t be interested in your meringues. But he’ll be knocked out by my buns.

Canderel Only if one falls on his head.

Nutella My buns are not hard!

Canderel Then how come the army requisitioned them, when they ran out of cannonballs?

Nutella Did, not!

Canderel Did, so!

Nutella Did, not!

Canderel Did, so.

Nutella Oh, let’s stop arguing sis’, and introduce ourselves to the plebs.

Canderel Okay, I’ll go first. (to audience) Hello plebs! I’m Canderel! And unlike my fat, sour-faced sister. I’m sweet and adorable, with a fabulous figure.

Nutella (to audience) I’m Nutella. And my poor sister’s been suffering from delusions, ever since her face got run over by a tram.

Canderel Rubbish! Yesterday, a man said I looked just like a film star.

Crouton Which one?

Nutella Shrek!

Canderel Why you! (goes to scrag Nutella)

They flap their arms at each other in mock fighting.

Enter Baguette (SR)

Baguette Girls! Girls! What are you doing?

Crouton It’s called fighting, Mr Baguette.

Canderel (pointing at Nutella) She started it, daddy!

Nutella Oh no, I didn’t!

Canderel Oh yes, you did!

Baguette Quiet, girls! Prince Louis will be here soon, and you must give him a good impression.

Nutella Don’t worry stepdaddy, dear. I’ll give him an impression he’ll never forget. (sexy pose)

Canderel Only if you sit on him.

Baguette Crouton! Go and collect my best suit from the drycleaners.

Crouton Yes, Mr Baguette. (exits SL)

Baguette I’m going inside, to check that everything’s ready for the Prince’s visit.

Nutella Give us your credit card first, stepdaddy dear.

Baguette What for?

Canderel We’ll need some posh new frocks, if we’re going to impress the Prince.

Baguette But you bought loads of stuff from Harvey Nick’s, only last week.

Nutella You can’t expect us to wear outdated clothes!

Canderel They’re sooooo, last week.

Baguette Anything for a quiet life. (takes out a credit card)

Nutella (snatches card) Ta, papa! (to Canderel) Let’s go shopping, Candy.

Baguette Take Belle with you and make sure she gets a new outfit too. (exits inside)

Canderel We’ll make sure she gets it, won’t we Nutty?

Nutella Oh yes, she’ll get it all right.

Canderel and Nutella exit laughing (SL)

Enter Dolly (DSR) with basket of sweets.

Dolly Hello boys and girls! My name’s Dolly Donut, and I’m head baker at Baguette’s Bakery. I’ve just finished making a pick’n’mix cake for the Prince, and I’ve got lots of sweeties left over. I can’t eat them all myself, because I’m watching my figure. You don’t get a stunning body like mine by stuffing your face, now do you? So, I was wondering if you’d like them instead? (distributes sweets) I love working at Baguette’s, and…can I trust you with a little secret? (response) I fancy Crouton the dough boy. Oooh! He can knead my floury baps, anytime. He doesn’t know how I feel about him yet. But he’s bound to be flattered, that an attractive young widow like me fancies him, isn’t he? My late husband, Duncan Donut. (pauses for reaction) Take your time, it’s a slow burner that one. Tragically died from a fractured skull after a rolling-pin fell from the top cupboard and hit him on the head. Anyway, the police bought it…I mean believed me. And now I’m single and fancy-free.

Enter Bakery Workers (SL)

Worker 1 (cheery) Good morning, Mrs Donut!

Dolly You’re all late for work again.

Worker 2 Sorry Dolly, but the bus broke down.

Dolly That’s the third time this week!

Worker 3 I know. (aside to others) Only two more breakdowns, until the weekend.

Workers laugh.

Dolly You’d better all get your skates on. Prince Louis will be arriving any minute now.

Worker 4 I think Mr Baguette’s hoping that the Prince will fancy one of his daughters.

Dolly There’s only one he could possibly fancy, and that’s Belle. (to audience) Have you met her yet? (response) Isn’t she pretty? She reminds me of myself, you know.

Worker 5 In what way, Dolly?

Dolly It’s because we’re both blessed, with natural good looks.

Worker 1 I’ve heard you use botox.

Dolly I’ll admit, I did try it once. But never again.

Worker 2 Why not?

Dolly It tasted horrible. Plus, I keep by body in perfect shape, by dancing every single day.

Worker 3 Do you have a favourite piece of music to dance too, Dolly?

Dolly As a matter of fact, I do. (loudly) Hit it! Music cue 4: Dolly & Workers. After song ends…Dolly ends up locked in position and crying out in pain.

Worker 4 What’s the matter, Dolly?

Dolly I think I’ve pulled something important!

Worker 5 (shouts) Send for the paramedics!

SFX: Ambulance siren.

Enter two Paramedics at a run carrying a rolled-up stretcher. The canvas is attached to the poles by a few small pieces of Velcro, these should give way with a ripping sound when they put Dolly on the stretcher and try lifting her.

Para 1 Don’t move, Dolly!

Dolly I couldn’t if I wanted too!

Para 2 Are you in much pain?

Para 1 (holding his back) My back does ache a bit, now that you mention it.

Dolly He means me! And yes, I am! Now hurry up and help me!

Para 2 (to Para 1) Put the stretcher down next to her.

They put the stretcher next down to Dolly. Then open it out and roll her onto it.

Para 1 (to Para 2) On the count three. One…two…three…lift!

They lift the stretcher-poles, which rip away from the canvas. And march off with the poles, leaving Dolly on the floor. She stands and picks up canvas.

Dolly Where did you buy this thing? Poundland? (throws canvas into wing)

Enter Crouton and Baguette at a run. Crouton carries another large baguette.

Crouton & Baguette The Prince is Coming! The Prince is coming!

Baguette (organising all into a line) Everybody line up! Where are my daughters!?

Enter Canderel and Nutella at a run (SL)

Canderel & Nutella Here we are, stepdaddykins!

Baguette Where’s Belle?

Nutella How should we know?

Baguette Didn’t she go shopping with you?

Canderel No, we couldn’t find her.

Dolly (suspicious) Are you sure you looked hard enough?

Nutella We looked really, really, hard. Didn’t we, Candy?

Canderel Yes, sis’. Really, really, sincerely, hard.

Nutella We looked high and low. (performs actions wrong way round)

Canderel Left and right. (performs actions wrong way round)

Nutella (silly actions) In and out.

Canderel (silly actions) And roundabout. But she was nowhere to be found.

Baguette Belle was really looking forward to meeting the Prince, too.

Nutella The Prince wouldn’t be interested in meeting her!

Dolly Oh yes, he would!

Canderel & Nutella Oh no, he wouldn’t!

Dolly Oh yes, he would!

Canderel & Nutella Oh no, he wouldn’t!

Dolly (with audience) Oh yes, he would!

Canderel (to audience) You lot, shut your cake holes!

Nutella Or we’ll come down there and beat you with a stale baguette.

Enter Belle (SR) reading a book.

Baguette Belle! Where have you been?

Belle To the library for another book, father.

Canderel What’s so interesting about books, anyway?

Crouton You’ll never know unless you learn to read.

Nutella Reading’s for losers.

Dolly Didn’t you two learn anything at school?

Canderel Yes. We learned how to apply makeup. (mimes applying makeup)

Nutella How to pull Instagram pouts. (pouts)

Canderel How to drink champers. (mimes drinking a pint)

Nutella How to attract men. (seductive pose)

Canderel And with bodies like ours, it’s us who’ll be doing the educating.

Canderel & Nutella (pelvic thrust) Woof!

SFX: Loud fanfare.

Baguette The Prince is here! Quick Belle, get in line ready to greet him!

Belle lines up and Crouton holds the baguette in front with both hands.

Nutella (pointing) Belle can’t meet the Prince looking like that!

Canderel I’ve seen better dressed scarecrows.

Belle Nice clothes are all well and good. But it’s what’s inside a person that really counts.

Nutella (runs hands down body) And it’s the outer wrapper that attracts in the first place.

Crouton (aside to audience) If anybody unwrapped her, they’d get PTSD.

SFX: Loud fanfare.

Enter Prince Louis (SL) acting all haughty and proud.

Crouton Three cheers for Prince Louis! Hip-hip…

All Hooray!

Crouton Hip-hip…

All Hooray!

Crouton Hip-hip…

All Hooray!

Prince Only three cheers?

Baguette Three cheers are customary, your highness.

Prince Yes, but a Prince and should get more than anybody else. (indicating audience) What about that lot down there? I didn’t hear them cheering.

Baguette (to audience) Three cheers for his highness. Hip-hip…hooray! (repeat twice more)

Prince (dismissive) Pathetic!

Baguette Shall I get them to do it again, your highness?

Prince Forget it. There’s no point in flogging a dead horse.

Baguette Allow me to introduce my staff, your highness. This is my head baker, Dolly Donut.

Dolly Hello, your slyness. (curtsies) I can’t wait to show you my crusty bloomers.

Prince I’m not interested in your underwear!

Dolly It’s a type of loaf!

Prince Doesn’t it feel uncomfortable when you sit?

Baguette Go and fetch in the Prince’s surprise, Dolly.

Dolly Oh, yes! (to Prince) Just wait until you see what I’ve got tucked away in my pantry, your royal cupcake. (exits into bakery)

Baguette (moving along tline) This is Crouton, my dough boy.

Crouton How do your flouriness! (bows and pokes himself in the eye with the baguette)

Baguette And these are my beautiful daughters. (introducing in turn) Canderel.

Canderel (awkward curtsey) Delighted, your incontinence!

Prince You’re obviously potty.

Baguette Nutella.

Nutella (awkward curtsey) Greetings, your monstrosity!

Prince You can talk.

Baguette And my youngest daughter, Belle.

Belle (slight bow) Your highness.

Prince You’re pretty…in a common sort of way. I might consider taking you out sometime.

Belle I’m very flattered your highness. But I don’t know you well enough to go out with you.

Prince I’m a rich and handsome Prince. What more do you need to know?

Belle I’m sorry your highness, but wealth and looks aren’t everything. I’d need to know what you’re like inside, first.

Prince Blood and guts, what else?

Canderel (simpering) Blue blood of course.

Nutella (simpering) And regal guts.

Crouton (to audience) What utter creeps!

Baguette (taking Belle aside) Are you mad, Belle? Why did you refuse a date with the Prince?

Belle Because he’s egotistical, vain and pompous?

Baguette And apart from that?

Canderel (grabbing the Prince) Forget her, Princey. Marry me and you’ll never live to regret it.

Nutella (grabbing the Prince) That’s because you’ll be dead, after sampling her cooking. Whereas mine is ala-carte.

Canderel Dustbin cart, more like. (to Prince) Her ratatouille is made with real rat.

Nutella Is not!

Canderel Is too!

Baguette Girls, please! Not in front of the Prince! Go inside and help Dolly.

Canderel & Nutella Yes, stepdaddykins.

Nutella Don’t go away, Princey.

Canderel We’ll be back to show you our ring doughnuts.

Prince (shudders) What a horrible thought.

Canderel and Nutella exit into bakery.

Baguette (to Workers) Come along everybody. Let’s leave the Prince and Belle alone, to get to know each other.

All exit into the bakery, leaving Belle and the Prince alone. They walk forward and cloth/tabs close behind them.

Prince (sidling up to her) It seems we’re all alone, Belle.

Belle Yes, well I have rather a lot of work to do. So, I’ll bid your highness good day. (turns to leave)

Prince (grabs her arm) Don’t go!

Belle (firmly) Please let go of my arm.

Prince (releases her) I’m sorry if I gave the wrong impression earlier. That’s not the real me.

Belle (unconvinced) Really?

Prince You see, I’ve always been taught that royalty must remain aloof. But I hate pretending to be all hoity-toity.

Belle Honestly?

Prince Yes! I’d much prefer to muck in and be like everybody else.

Belle Then perhaps I’ve misjudged you.

Prince Do you think we could start again?

Belle Very well. (holds out her hand) I’m Belle, how do you do?

Prince Pleased to meet you Belle. I’m Louis. (shakes her hand)

Belle Did you really mean what you said earlier, about me being pretty?

Prince I’ve yet to meet anyone more beautiful. Would you like to come out with me sometime?

Belle I’d like that very much. But I meant what I said about getting to know you first.

Prince Then why don’t we start right now. Music cue 5: Prince & Belle. After song ends…

SFX: Smoke pours onstage from the bakery.

Belle (sniffs) Something’s burning!

Enter Baguette from the bakery at a run.

Baguette Somebody call the fire brigade, quick! My bakery’s on fire!

Prince I’ll use my royal mobile. (produces a sparkly mobile, with a little crown on top)

Baguette I must try and save my bakery! (exits inside the bakery)

Belle No, father! (exits into the bakery)

Prince (calls after her) Wait, Belle! (speaking into mobile) Hello! Is that the fire brigade? Come quickly! Baguette’s Bakery’s on fire! (puts mobile away)

Music cue 6: Enter Witch Thorn (SL)

Witch Greetings, Prince Louis.

Prince Do I know you?

Witch No. But everybody knows the handsome Prince Louis. Girls swoon, at the very mention of your name.

Prince (flattered) They do?

Witch All they see, is that you are rich and handsome. But I know that beneath that handsome exterior, beats a cold and conceited heart.

Prince (dismissive) Oh, that’s all just a silly sham. On the outside, I might appear to be vain and cold-hearted. But inside, I’m really a nice person.

Witch (furious) What! But that means Fairy Rose will win the bet! And I’ll have to give up my magic powers and go and live in Spooky Wood!

Prince (puzzled) Fairy? Bet? I demand to know what you’re talking about.

Witch Silence! (waves a hand and Prince Lois freezes) Fairy Rose must have known that Prince Louis had a soft heart all along, to suggest the bet in the first place. If she wants to play dirty, then so be it. I’ll forget our agreement and use magic to win. (to audience) Fairy Rose believes beauty comes from within,But I’ll prove that the veneer is rather thin.The Prince will be ugly to say the least,When I turn him into a horrible, beast! (points to wing SL)

Snap blackout – dimmed green lighting on – smoke drifts onstage. Goblins enter and encircle the Prince. Between them they carry items of the Beast’s costume. Jacket, beastly headpiece, hands, etc. The Goblins begin to dance around the Prince. Music Cue 7: He gradually sinks to the floor and is hidden from view. As the dance continues, the Goblins begin to dress the hidden Prince. One moves in and puts on the jacket, another the beastly headpiece, another the beastly hands, and so on until he has been transformed into the Beast.
As music nears the end. Goblins form a tight circle around the Beast who is still hunkered on the floor. Music builds to a crescendo, and on the climax, the Goblins exit both sides, leaving the transformed Prince hunkered on the floor. He slowly rises from the floor and moves downstage, looking at his hands and appearing confused. (see properties for alternative transformation scene)

Witch (laughs) Fairy Rose will never win the bet now!

Beast (bemused) What’s going on? (to Witch) Who are you?

Witch I’m Witch Thorn. And I’ve just turned your highness into a horrible beast, that nobody could ever love.

Beast (puzzled) Witch? Beast? (checks his face and roars in anguish) Noooo!

Enter Fairy Rose (SR) at a run.

Rose (sees the Beast) What have you done? I thought we agreed, no magic.

Witch You knew all along that Prince Louis had a soft heart. Deny it if you can.

Rose I can see the goodness inside everyone. But I don’t have to use magic to see it.

Witch You thought you’d trick me. But this time I’ve outsmarted you.

Beast (to Fairy) Are you a witch, too?

Rose No, I’m Fairy Rose. Witch Thorn and I had a wager about you and Belle, but we weren’t supposed to use magic.

Beast You mean, I’ve been used as part of some twisted bet?

Rose I meant no harm your highness. I only wanted to prove that true beauty comes from within.

Witch (produces a red rose and hands it to the Beast) Here, your highness. A rose to remind you of Fairy Rose’s losing bet. When it dies, so shall you. Unless somebody should still fall in love with you that is. (exits SL laughing)

Beast Then I’m doomed. For not even Belle, could love a horrible beast.

Rose Once I explain to Belle what’s happened, she’s sure to ignore your outward appearance and see the real you.

Beast No! You’ve caused enough trouble. Belle must never discover what’s happened to me. I will return to my castle and hide away from the world, forever!

Rose Please stay your highness. And let your goodness shine through your beastly facade.

Beast No! I’m done with being good! If I’d been nasty like Witch Thorn believed, I wouldn’t be as I am now. From now on I will mirror how I look. I will be…a horrible beast! (roars and exits SL)

Rose Oh dear, this really is too bad, I never meant to make him sad.It’s now my duty to put things right,And my task must start this very night. (exits SR)

Enter Belle from the bakery.

Belle Louis, have you rung the fire…where is he? (to audience) What happened to the Prince? (response) What? A beast! Oh no, a wild beast must have appeared and chased him away. I wonder if I’ll ever see him again. Music cue 8: Belle. After song ends…

SFX: Loud explosion.

Belle (exclaims) Father!

Enter Baguette and Crouton from the bakery, coughing and propping each other up. They are disheveled and have bits of dough on their heads and shoulders.

Baguette (wails) Woe is me! My beautiful bakery is destroyed!

Belle Don’t upset yourself father. At least nobody was hurt, and that’s the main thing.

Crouton And once the insurance company pays up, you can rebuild it.

Baguette I’m afraid I’m not insured!

Belle How come, father?

Baguette The cover ran out yesterday. And what with the visit of the Prince and everything. I completely forgot to renew it.

Enter Dolly staggering in from the bakery. Dishevelled and with a piece of plaster stuck in her mouth.

Dolly (spits out the plaster) What happened!?

Crouton I think the oven blew up, Dolly.

Dolly I suppose I’ll have to fill in an accident report now.

Belle I don’t believe it was an accident.

Baguette What do you mean, Belle?

Belle I think Gustave, might’ve had something to do with it.

Baguette Why would Gustave want to destroy my bakery?

Belle I refused to go to the village dance with him, and he turned nasty and mentioned something about, accidents happening.

Dolly Then shouldn’t somebody call the police?

Crouton Forget it, Dolly. We’d never be able to prove it.

Belle Crouton’s right. It would just be my word against Gustave’s.

Enter Canderel and Nutella from the bakery.

Canderel What happened to the bakery?

Nutella We were in our bedroom prettifying ourselves for the Prince, when there was an enormous explosion!

Canderel I thought it was Nutella passing wind. But even her trumps wouldn’t blow the place up.

Baguette Belle thinks it was arson.

Nutella Why would the ex-Arsenal manager burn down our bakery?

Dolly Not Arsene Wenger! Somebody else!

Baguette And the bakery wasn’t insured, so I can’t rebuild it.

Canderel Then you’ll just have to get a bank loan.

Crouton Haven’t you heard of the credit crunch?

Nutella What’s that then? Some new cereal bar?

Baguette No. It means the banks won’t lend money anymore. I’m afraid we’re ruined.

Belle What about rich Aunt Brioche, who lives in London? Maybe she’ll loan you the money.

Canderel Yeah. Tell the old crusty to cough up the dough.

Baguette It’s worth a try. I’ll set off for London immediately. Go and ready my horse, Crouton.

Crouton Yes, Mr Baguette. (exits SL)

Dolly Couldn’t you just ring her instead?

Baguette No, she’s rather eccentric and shuns modern technology.

Nutella While you’re in London, you can bring me back a Gucci handbag from Harrods.

Canderel And I’ll have a solid gold, diamond encrusted Rolex.

Baguette I can’t afford expensive things anymore. I’ll see if there’s a Poundland nearby. And what would you like Belle?

Belle I don’t want anything father.

Baguette I can’t bring your stepsisters back a gift and not you.

Belle Very well, you can bring me back a single red rose.

Canderel & Nutella (sneer) A rose!?

Belle Yes, I love roses.

Baguette All right Belle. A single red rose it is.

Enter Crouton (SL)

Crouton Your horse is ready and waiting, Mr Baguette.

Baguette Thank you, Crouton. Kingsmill will get me to London in no time.

Nutella That bag of old bones couldn’t make it to the front gate, never mind London.

Canderel He’s already got one foot in the glue factory.

Baguette Kingsmill’s a sturdy old steed. Wish me luck then. (exits SL)

All (waving) Good luck!

Nutella And what are we supposed to do now?

Belle What do you mean?

Canderel Well, we’ve got nowhere to live.

Nutella And no money.

Dolly Then you’ll have to do the same as me and Crouton.

Canderel And what’s that?

Crotoun Get yourselves a temporary job until the bakery’s been rebuilt.

Nutella We can’t do manual labour!

Canderel Don’t worry sis.’ I might’ve found us a job, that doesn’t involve anything physical. (produces a newspaper clipping) Look. Castle Bruschetta’s advertising for two personal, life stylists.

Nutella That sounds perfect for us. (posing) We are fashion icons, after all.

Canderel The owner’s probably a Prince or something and is bound to want to marry one of us.

Nutella That’ll be me, then.

Canderel Me, you mean.

Nutella If either of us is going to catch a Prince, we’d better get shopping.

Belle You’re going shopping, at a time like this?

Canderel We must replace all our designer outfits that got destroyed in the fire. Let’s go, Nutty.

Canderel & Nutella (exit SR singing) #Heeey, heey, baby! Ooh-aah!#

Crouton They’re both nutty if you ask me.

Dolly Let’s go down the job centre, Crouton.

Crouton Okay Dolly.

Belle I’ll visit the bank and check what loans are available, just in case.

Dolly All right, dear. See you later.

Dolly and Crouton exit (SL) Belle exits (SR)