Sleeping Beauty by Rufus Norris
Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester
Saturday-Sunday December 15-30, 2pm and 7pm
Tickets from £10. Suitable for ages 7+.
Chichester Festival Youth Theatre perform this classic tale based on The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods by Charles Perrault. A princess under a fairy’s curse pricks her finger on a spindle and sleeps for a hundred years, waiting to be woken by a prince’s kiss. But hold on a moment. There’s a distinctly different slant to this story. The princess is beautiful and spirited but there are two princes and a lot of threatening thorns. As for the fairy who caused all the trouble in the first place – well, putting things right isn’t as simple as casting another spell. Rufus Norris’s splendidly entertaining and mischievous version of the original fairy tale ventures beyond the usual ‘happy ever after’ ending with the prince and princess united. The course of true love never did run smooth – especially if your mother-in-law is an ogress with an unfortunate taste for human flesh… Rufus Norris’s version of Sleeping Beauty premiered at the Young Vic (2002). He is director of the National Theatre. There will be a relaxed performance of Sleeping Beauty at 2pm on Sunday December 30.
Read our feature on this year’s Chichester Festival programme.
Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk.