Sleeping Beauty


By Rufus Norris

The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham Rep


Designer:      Francis O’Connor

Lighting Designer:                 Paul Pyant

Sound Designer:                     Mic Pool

  Composer:        Catherine Jayes


Cast:  Moyo Akende, Jofre Alsina, Jenna Augen, Alex Clatworthy, Tomm Coles, Nicholas Goode, Gregory Gudgeon, Joanna Hickman, Elizabeth Marsh, Ciaron Owens, Dan Willis



It is skilful: Sarah 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. But for

heaven’s sake don’t take anyone very small who’s prone to nightmares.


The Times  ****


Esdaile's production … is atmospheric, full of strange shrieks and screams, as well as some very nice touches: at one point, the entire stage becomes the sleeping princess's bed. It also boasts a gnarled design by Francis O'Connor that conjures the dark thickets of the forest and the imagination alike. An added touch of playfulness comes from two long slides that hug the sides of the auditorium. Fun for everyone, except perhaps die-hard vegetarians.


The Guardian ***