Sleeping Beauty


ISBN: 9781854597427
Author: By Rufus Norris
Publication Date: 31/10/2003
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 96pp.
Availability: Available


The classic tale of Sleeping Beauty’s curse – as seen through the eyes of the fairy who curses her. Written by acclaimed director Rufus Norris for the Young Vic Theatre, London.

Once upon a time there was a beautiful Princess who was loved by everyone. Well… almost everyone. Cursed by a wicked fairy, she pricks her finger and falls into a deep sleep.

One hundred years later, a Prince wakes her with a kiss. But the Prince isn’t as brave as he should be – and his mother’s a bit of an ogress…

Based on Perrault’s 17th-century classic, Rufus Norris’s Sleeping Beauty goes beyond the kiss into a perilous world of beastly shadows, nasty smells and a forest full of enchanted trouble.

It was first performed at the Young Vic Theatre, London, in December 2002.

‘Outstanding… mixes the mythic and the macabre… What makes the show so dazzling is Norris’ ability to appeal to children and adults alike. Kids around me seemed entranced, as I was, by the unfolding narrative’

‘Weird and wonderful… Rufus Norris’ darkly and drolly imaginative version… Both direct and sophisticated, primal and glintingly allusive, this Sleeping Beauty continues the Young Vic’s proud tradition of mounting the best Yuletide show in London’

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