New musical Hex, based on Sleeping Beauty, to premiere at National Theatre

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A brand new musical adaptation of Sleeping Beauty is to premiere at the National Theatre this year.

Hex will play at the Olivier, running 4 December 2021 to 22 January 2022.


The new musical is described as going “beyond the kiss that woke the Sleeping Beauty and tells the fairy’s tale”.

National Theatre Director Rufus Norris directs with book by Tanya Ronder, music by Jim Fortune and lyrics by Rufus Norris.

The cast is led by Tamsin Carroll as Queenie, Rosalie Craig as Fairy, Michael Elcock as Bert and Kat Ronney as Rose.

They’re joined by Christopher Akrill, Delroy Atkinson, Esme Bacalla-Hayes, Madeline Charlemagne, Ebony Clarke, Sonya Cullingford, Hanna Dimtsu, Tamsin Dowsett, Joe Foster, Ben Goffe, Eleanor Kane, Daisy Maywood, Kody Mortimer, Joseph Prouse, Shaq Taylor and Sargon Yelda

Orchestrations are by Simon Hale, music supervision by Marc Tritschler, music direction by Tarek Merchant, lighting design by Paul Anderson, choreography by Jade Hackettwith consultant choreography by Bill Deamer and sound design by Simon Baker and video design by Ash Woodward

Based on the 17th-century folk-tale, this darkly thrilling new version also reunites director Rufus Norris with set and costume designer Katrina Lindsay (Small Island, London Road) following their 2002 critically acclaimed adaptation of Sleeping Beauty.

Hex begins performances in the Olivier theatre on Saturday 4 December, with press night on Wednesday 15 December.

Tickets are available online here.

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