Once upon a time the fairy Goody grants a childless king and queen a baby girl but becomes piqued at being banished from the infant?s christening and casts a sleeping spell upon the child.
So begins the Young Vic's Christmas show Sleeping Beauty, based upon Charles Perrault?s classic fairy tale.
This magical production resonates with mythic and sinister qualities as well being very funny. The main protagonist is the fairy Goody who tries to right wrongs and regain her failing magic powers. Showing both Beauty's rescue and awakening and dealing with the prince's mother who is a baby
eater and an ogress, Goody, played by Helen Lymbery, entertains both adults and children and has the disturbing habit of farting every time she performs magic.
The medieval music, colourful costumes and revolving set design add to the enchantment. Vastly entertaining and brimming with hilarity, Sleeping Beauty has everything a fairy tale should and its magic is totally absorbing
from start to finish.
Sleeping Beauty continues at the Young Vic until Saturday 25 January.