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SLEEPING BEAUTY - Christmas 2016

By Rufus Norris

'Sharp, funny, pacy energetic’ The Stage ★★★★

‘There’s a lot that sets this apart from standard Christmas fare’ The Stage ★★★★

‘The perfect Christmas treat for all the family’ British Theatre Guide

'Astutely and inventively directed by Bill Buckhurst' British Theatre Guide

‘Full of atmosphere’ ★★★★ 1/2 Reviews Hub

‘Among the best that theatre has to offer this Christmas’ ★★★★ 1/2 Reviews Hub

Thu 17 Nov 2016 - Sun 01 Jan 2017

A quirky, comic re-telling of the classic fairy story through the eyes of the mischievous Fairy Goody. Having condemned the beautiful princess to an enchanted sleep in a fit of anger, she then has to seek out a suitably brave and handsome prince to break the spell. Only the dashing prince doesn’t match up to expectations and Beauty’s happy ever after doesn’t quite go to plan.

An enchanted forest, fantastical creatures and a mother-in-law who turns out to be an ogre combine to create an entertaining story that will be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Expect a touch of Roald Dahl in this acclaimed version by Rufus Norris with plenty of original music. A magical Christmas show like no other!

Suitable for age 4 upwards 

We regret that we are unable to admit children under 3 or babes in arms into the auditorium except for the relaxed performance.

Running Times
Act One: 55 minutes
Interval: 20 minutes
Act Two: 35 minutes 

Directed by Bill Buckhurst
Designed by Simon Kenny
Lighting designed by Joshua Carr
Music by Tarek Merchant
Choreography and Movement by Georgina Lamb

Peter Bray


Molly Logan


Alex Mugnaioni

Prince of Nerves/Prince of Nerds

Simon Nock

The Ogress

Matthew Romain


Sioned Saunders

The Queen/Table Slave

Rachel Winters


'Bill Buckhurst's production is sharp, funny, pacy and energetic, with clear storytelling throughout' ★★★★ The Stage
‘There’s a lot that sets this apart from standard Christmas fare.’ ★★★★ The Stage
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‘Beautiful lyrical music by Tarek Merchant’ British Theatre Guide

'This is no traditional sugary pantomime but a rich dark and magical fairy story imaginatively brought to the stage by this highly multi-talented company of actor/musicians who play a huge variety of instruments with dexterity and sing exceedingly well.' British Theatre Guide 

‘The perfect Christmas treat for all the family.’ British Theatre Guide

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‘This quirky adaptation of a classic tale is superbly told.’ ★★★★1/2 Reviews Hub

‘The clever writing and superb performances by the extremely talented cast must put it right up there among the best that theatre has to offer this Christmas.’ ★★★★1/2 Reviews Hub

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