performance & dance
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Black Beauty

Part of Winter

A five-star children’s show retells the much-loved tale of a brave horse for ages five and over.

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 retelling of Black Beauty offers fun and adventure for fans of the book, lovers of the classic TV show and those brand new to the tale.

The show has garnered five-star reviews in The Guardian, The Stage, The Herald and The Edinburgh Guide, and four-star reviews in The Scotsman, The Independent, The Times and Broadway Baby.

Presented by Red Bridge Arts & Traverse Theatre Company. Created by Andy Manley, Andy Cannon and Shona Reppe. Supported by Creative Scotland. Image by Mihaela Bodlovic.

Winner of Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland for Best Production for Children and Young People and Best Design.

A galloping, five-star triumph ★★★★★
The Guardian
The storytelling is spellbinding… Paul Curley and John Currivan have the audience in thrall from the start ★★★★★
The Stage
It’s the cleverly-nuanced emotional heart of the piece that takes Black Beauty cantering an extra, impressive mile ★★★★★
The Herald
Don’t hold your horses, this one’s a winner ★★★★
The Times

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Purcell Room


£20 adult £15 child
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


25% off (limited availability)
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Age recommendation
For ages 5+

Access information
The performance on Saturday 28 December at 2.30pm is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).

The performance on Sunday 22 December at 11am is a Relaxed Performance.*

*A Relaxed Performance is open to anyone, but is particularly suited to those on the autistic spectrum or people who have learning disabilities, sensory or communication disorders. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and some small changes made to the light and sound effects.

There is a visual story available for audience members who may benefit from preparing for the performance.

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Black Beauty at Southbank Centre