It was another usual morning spent glued to social media scrolling through my Instagram feed, when I happened upon a post from Josh Gad (soon to be in the upcoming Disney remake of Beauty and the Beast) which had stated about an opportunity to win exclusive tickets to the premiere screening of the film that evening via a company called ShowFilmFirst (info below) I entered the competition, as did a friend of mine to increase chances and continued the day as normal. To be totally honest, I didn’t expect to stand a chance at winning giving the number of entries I anticipated, however…..later that day, I received a phone call from my friend to inform me that she had actually been selected! EEEEP! Now, I cannot begin to comprehend how thrilled I was…not just because I was going to see Beauty and the Beast 3 weeks early (a film I have been waiting for since its announcement) but that I was going to the Gala screening with the cast and crew themselves!!! Yup, today I was going to attend the official screening in London’s, Leicester Square.

Despite assuming it was the ACTUAL premiere, we were not told any information regarding dress code, or what was required, only that we turn up at the time shown on the email to receive our tickets. So we arrived to the Odeon cinema later that day, dressed a little too casual, to collect our passes via the ShowFilmFirst guest list ready for the doors to open at 6pm. Crowds of fans were already swarming outside the Odeon Cinema desperate to catch a glimpse of the stars as they arrived so it was admittedly rather confusing as to where we needed to go or be. Eventually, we found our way out of the crowd and were directed inside to make our way to our seats which turned out was in the right in the middle of the front row. So very very lucky! Eventually the seats began to fill and we settled into ours with a bottle wine and a bag of popcorn (curtesy of Disney).

Beauty and the Beast Premiere Tickets

An hour passed and finally, Edith Bowman (Scottish TV presenter) took to the stage to kick off the evening. She went on to introduce the director Bill Condon who proceeded to thank the entire cast and crew who were sitting up in the circle seats before inviting each cast member onto the stage. Yes folks, this includes Emma Thompson, Sir Ian Mckellen, Stanley Tucci, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, GuGu, Audra McDonald, Dan Stevens AND Emma Watson. 🙂 Once all were on stage, Emma gave a small introductory speech before joining the crew upstairs in the circle of the theatre in preparation to watch the film. 

Director Bill Condon
Stanely Tucci introducing Sir Ian Mckellen (far right)
Stage now joined by Luke Evans, Josh Gad and Dan Stevens
Emma Watson (far right) now joins the stage

OH MY GOSH…..the film was about to start……..

***Don’t worry, there will be no spoilers here***

What I will tell you however, is that this is undoubtedly one of THE best films I have seen in a very long time and it far exceeded my expectations. Not only was it magical, beautiful and cinematically stunning, it did justice to the original, with a truly wonderful rendition.  The casting was perfection, the cinematography strong and the music was extremely uplifting. Bill Condon really did the film justice and created a piece of work that stays true to the Disney classic, whilst producing something brand new and original.

If you get the chance, do go see this film!

Once the film had finished, there was a huge applause and we, like everyone else stayed until the credits ended.

Ticket info:

Show Film First works with the UK’s film distributors to organize free preview film screenings for target audiences. 

If you want to get your hands on exclusive tickets to upcoming screenings, premieres and more click the link below and register for your chance to receive tickets to some of the latest movies and movie related events.

Here are a few photos from the screening. Apologies, the quality isn’t brilliant, I did not have my camera with me.