Directed by Eva Lavilla
Produced by Steve England
The story of the “The Beauty Sleeping in the Wood” first appeared
in 1697 in a collection of stories by the French author Charles Perrault
and was later adapted as the story “Little Briar Rose” by the Brothers Grimm.
It was derived from old folk tales about the changing of the seasons
and the land “going to sleep”. The one constant throughout the various
tellings has been the character of the evil stepmother or old woman,
who only wishes evil upon all she meets. In the traditional story
she is annoyed at not being invited to the celebrations for the
Princess’s coming of age. It has been performed in pantomime
since the 18th century and is one of the regular stock of tales
used as plots for English pantomime. Tchaikovsky took the story
as inspiration for his ballet “Sleeping Beauty” and we have used
his famous overture as the welcoming music for our performances.