By Rosy Fordham. Directed by Rosamunde Hutt.
Sleeping for 100 years while Prince Charming gets all the action hacking down thorns and fighting a dragon? This Christmas, the Unicorn's Sleeping Beauty says: "I don't think so."
London, 1908 - 13 year old Princess Aurora Romanov, from a distant branch of the Russian imperial family, has lived in fear of spindles and fairies ever since her naming party went horribly wrong. Most of all, she's terrified of being woken up by a prince that she's never seen before. So, when she's finally about to prick her finger, she manages to trick her Wicked Fairy into granting her one last wish before going to sleep. She wants to choose her own true love.
A time-travelling quest for "Prince Right" ensues, spanning an Edwardian panto, the trenches of World War I, the stylish 1940s West End and a glittering ball atop modern-day Tower Bridge. But with Beauty being a particularly fussy bride-to-be and the Wicked Fairy having only Barbara Cartland novels to go on in her newfound role as a matchmaker, how will they ever succeed?
Meanwhile Marlon, a teenage boy who lives on a Southwark estate in 2008. starts seeing two period-dressed ladies appearing on photos of Tower Bridge - something nobody else can see - and thorny creepers start engulfing his flat . . .
Sleeping Beauty is filled with high fantasy, humour and insight into the dilemmas of growing up. The play is a new Unicorn commission by Rosy Fordham who has previously written for Red Ladder, Theatre Centre and Theatre Exchange. It is directed by Rosamunde Hutt, who has directed previous Unicorn Christmas productions Duck! and Journey to the River Sea
For ages 6+