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26/11/02
Sleeping Beauty Breathes New Life
- Young Vic theatre wakes up with Norris

SLEEPING BEAUTY previews at the Young Vic until December 4. Rufus Norris' reworking of Perrault's 17th century classic marks the venue's determination to program theatre for kids.

"We're pushing the dark side of things, but it's a Christmas show and it's got a happy ending," says Norris. The 37 year-old director has laid emphasis on unconscious fears and desires in his reworking of the well-loved fairy tale. The story of a young girl doomed to sleep by a wicked fairy until a handsome prince wakes her up appeals to adults and children alike.

Norris's background in grown up kids' entertainment with his experimental Wink theatre company prepares him for the task of changing the Young Vics' image. Best known for Shakespearean classics, the well respected theatre looks set to embrace new forms of entertainment. "Kids are a sophisticated audience who can deal with complicated stuff as long as the parameters are clear," says Norris.




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