Date/Time Event
15/12/2018 - 30/12/2018
7:00 pm
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

7:00 pm
National Theatre Live Encore: The Madness of George III

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Monday December 17, 7pm

Tickets £16/discounts £14

Mark Gatiss, the star of TV’s Sherlock and Wolf Hall, and Adrian Scarborough, from Gavin and Stacey, star in a new production of this epic play by Alan Bennett, which was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991. It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man. Picture: Creative by Wren.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit