A fresh and humorous take on an old familiar tale guaranteed not to make you yawn!

A fun and refreshingly quirky Christmas treat for everyone to enjoy – Rufus Norris’ fantastical take on Sleeping Beauty.

As grisly as a Roald Dahl story and as “Grimm” as any of The Brothers’ fairytales, this version of Sleeping Beauty is told from the point of view of the mischievous old Fairy Goody, a grubby, smelly old sprite who casts a spell that sends Princess Beauty into a deep, deep sleep.

Will Sleeping Beauty awaken from her spell with a kiss from the dashing and handsome Prince? And will they all live happily ever after?

However, there’s trouble in the form of Sleeping Beauty’s new mother-in-law, a fearsome man-eating Ogress, who is after Beauty’s babies, Goody’s wings falling off because of her bad deed, and all the
fairytale creatures having to put up with some interesting side effects from the force of her magic that result in some rather smelly spells!

This weird and wonderful musical adaptation of Sleeping Beauty has laughs aplenty and enough grisly and gruesome characters to keep all of the family entertained. Expect fairytale romance, hideous ogres, sinister spells and a magical Christmas show like no other!



“Sara Esdaile deploys her supporting cast so well that I thought there were more of them, and Catherine Jayes’s music is both lovely and disturbing. It echoes Kneehigh, Jerusalem and indeed Sweeney Todd. It is arty, witty, classy, funny.”

The Times

“Jenna Augen is delightful as Fairy Goody, Moyo Akande is a wonderfully evil ogress and Alex Clatworthy is a spirited Beauty.”

Birmingham Mail

“All in all this is a superb show. It is full of laugh-out-loud moments and the sinister parts are enough to keep youngsters gripped without scaring them too much. Highly recommended.”
Express And Star

“It seems almost unfair to single out any of the actors for praise, since all performances are stand-outs.”
Birmingham Post

“Farting fairies, belching ogres, inadequate princes and some unfortunate pets who come to a sticky end […] Fun for everyone, except perhaps die-hard vegetarians.”
The Guardian

“An excellent cast, well directed and a cracking script. What more could you ask? It is magic.”

Behind The Arras

“A funny, enchanting and thoroughly entertaining evening. Sleeping Beauty is a cracking alternative to the usual Christmas pantomime.”

The Public Reviews

“This is an enjoyable, strange and surprising retelling of the familiar story […] deliciously gruesome”
Reviews Gate

“Brimming with weird and wonderful characters, this charming fairytale is enthralling and imaginative from start to finish.”
Stourbridge News

Date Time Venue Notes Prices Booking

The Crescent Theatre

  • Address: Sheepcote Street, Birmingham, B16 8AE
  • Box Office: 0121 643 5858
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can i use theatre tokens (www.theatretokens.com) to book tickets for a performance of this show? I have been given some to use as a present.

Hello Fiona. Yes, The REP are happy to accept Theatre Tokens. Just call our box office on 0121 236 4455 and mention the tokens when you book.

Is this production suitable for under 5s?

Hi Nicola. Very young children might be happier with our other Christmas offering: The Snowman. Sleeping Beauty is recommended for children aged seven and up.

Hi there, are you still running the 'A Night Less Ordinary' scheme?

Thanks, Leanne

Our daughters are at universoty. Can they get student discount on tickets?

Hello Leanne and Stephanie. The 'A Night Less Ordinary' scheme has now ended, but there are other discounts and concessions available.

Individuals aged 14-26 can get tickets to see Sleeping Beauty for only £6.99 using our "Mad To Miss" discount. This discount is available for any performance taking place on a Monday or Friday.

Students are entitled to £5 off the standard ticket price, but this concession is not available on premium performances. (Premium performances are those taking place on a Sunday or on a Saturday evening or between 18 December and 3 January.)

I was wondering whether any of the performances are BSL interpreted. Please do confirm.

Hi. You mentioned on another message that very young children may be happier with The Snowman and Sleeping Beauty is recommended for 7+... could you be more specific as to why as my 4 year old really loves this story and loves the theatre! Is it not so suitable for smaller folk as there are loud bangs or it's long for example? Thanks, Jo

Hi Joanna. This play is based on Charles Perrault's fairytale and differs from the Disney film and most other versions of Sleeping Beauty. It's funny, but it does contains elements from the original story that might be a bit grisly for very young children, particularly the ogres.

Hi PJ. The matinee on 13 December and the evening performance on 29 December are both sign language interpreted. There are also captioned performances on 13 and 14 January.