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Organised by Eve Benhamou, Miguel Gaggiotti, Dominic Lash and Steven Roberts. Beauty and the Beast seems to possess a perennial fascination, having persisted in various forms for somewhere between 2500 and 6000 years (da Silva and Tehrani 2016) even before Gabrielle de Villeneuve published her famous version in 1740. It has held a particular attraction for makers of cinema and television: more than fifteen audio-visual adaptations have been produced since Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film. 2016 seems an appropriate time in which to reflect on the tale’s continuing resonance, given that this year is both the 70th anniversary of Cocteau’s version and the 25th anniversary of Disney’s much-loved take on the story; a new (live-action) Beauty and the Beast is scheduled for release by Disney in 2017. One of the virtues of myth is its inexhaustible applicability. This one-day interdisciplinary conference brings together papers on a great variety of version(s) and rendering(s) of the tale – whether in cinema, theatre, literature or other media – and also on the pairing of “beauty” with “beast” in the widest possible sense; rediscovering the tale in unexpected places.