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.”
“Jenna Augen is delightful as Fairy Goody, Moyo Akande is a wonderfully evil ogress and Alex Clatworthy is a spirited Beauty.”
“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.”
“Farting fairies, belching ogres, inadequate princes and some unfortunate pets who come to a sticky end […] Fun for everyone, except perhaps die-hard vegetarians.”
“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”
“Brimming with weird and wonderful characters, this charming fairytale is enthralling and imaginative from start to finish.”
The Crescent Theatre
- Address: Sheepcote Street, Birmingham, B16 8AE
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