Black Beauty

Black Beauty

A five-star children’s show retells the much-loved tale of a courageous horse


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, 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.

Age recommendation: 5+

Critic reviews

Black Beauty rides into the Southbank Centre with sheer gusto

The Upcoming

Black Beauty wasn't written for kids: Sewell meant it to open adults’ eyes to animal mistreatment. That message of protest is muted here: this show probably won't indoctrinate the next generation of Peta supporters. But what it is full of is the value of kindness and gentleness.

Time Out

Date & time

Show ended
Sat 14 Dec - Sun 5 Jan, 11am, 2.30pm & 7pm
Runtime: 1 hr 30 mins


Belvedere Road SE1 8XX London, UK · Get Directions

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