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Sleeping Beauty

07 December 2012 to 19 January 2013

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Courtyard Traverse

Tickets £11 to £16

Family Tickets available for some performances £13

Groups and Schools Tickets available for some performances £8.50 to £10

Running Time : 1 Hour and 40 Minutes

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Audio Described  2 January 1.45pm & 17 January 1.45pm
BSL  15 January 1.45pm
Captioned  9 January 1.45pm
Relaxed Performances 11  January 11am & 6pm - call box office for more information
Community Network  8 December 6pm, 10 December 1.45pm, 13 December 1.45pm, 9 January 1.45pm, 15 January 1.45pm, 16 January 6pm & 17 January 1.45pm

Director Gail McIntyre
Designer Barney George
Composer, Musical Director and Sound Designer Oliver Birch
Lighting Designer Tim Skelly
Casting Director Kay Magson

A fresh and fun retelling of a classic fairytale brought to life by Director Gail McIntyre and writer Mike Kenny.

Join our medley of magical Nannas as they take us into the story of the young princess Briar Rose. There's a party at the castle and everyone in the kingdom is invited. But someone's been missed off the list and she's not very happy about it… And so begins a timeless adventure packed with princesses, a prince, several frogs, a few parties, hummable songs, and plenty of over-exuberant plant growth.

This is Mike Kenny and Gail McIntyre's seventh collaboration for the Playhouse so, whether you haven't missed a single show or this is your first, this sparkling new version of an age old tale is the perfect Christmas treat.

Sleeping Beauty is suitable for ages 4 and over.


" Wrapped in music and gentle humour, Kenny still confronts the dark heart at the original versions of the fairy tale, though parents need not fear that their child will be frightened: this is a lovely story, elegantly and sensitively told, and wittily performed."
The Independent

The Guardian (4 Stars)

" This is a lovely story, that will provide an enjoyable introduction to the world of theatre for families to enjoy together."

"Mike Kenny's Sleeping Beauty which will run in multi-coloured glory"

"Natasha Magigi joyously defies the picture book stereotype of the slumbering princess"
Independant (4 Stars) 

" There is so much enchantment, so much astonishment and so much joy. This is theatre for children at its absolute best.
The Stage

" It was very funny, very funny. That's my main point, yeah."
Culture Vulture - Junior Review

Whatsonstage.com (4 Stars) 

"Kenny's elegant, eloquent, accessible script starts and ends with a party"

"We are treated to a riot of talent"

"She [Gail McIntyre] has created a show that excites, delights, and unites an audience. She fills the theatre with joy"

"I am awarding twenty five stars"
British Theatre Guide 





Average visitor rating [1 to 5 stars] (** visitor reviews)

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  1. KN

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    This really is the best children's performance we have ever seen. The idea's, the production, the acting and the music were outstanding. I am now considering trying to get tickets to see it a second time - highly recommended and my 4 year old daughter love it too!

    DATE POSTED: 14/12/2012

  2. A McGibbon

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    Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. My seven year old was entranced and thoroughly enjoyed the tale. Lots of audience participation, the singing was amazing and an hour an a half of being lost in another world. Simply lovely.....

    DATE POSTED: 16/12/2012

  3. Rick Poppa

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    Most fairy tales begin with Once Upon A Time....this one begins with Nana's!! These nana's knit, cast spells, save the story and ride on scooters in this fantastic story of the Princess Briar Rose.Whether ur 5 or 15, or older you are bound too be entranced as the nana's draw you into the tale.... All the cast are wonderful, watch out for the talking Frog, he brings tears to many an eye!!... The Prince and Princess are not what you would expect but that makes it all the more fascinating to watch and enjoy! With spindles, and pillows, and audience participation for all ages, this is one show that will not make you fall to sleep, but you will leave smiling and thankfull to the nana's..

    DATE POSTED: 16/12/2012

  4. Pauline mcconnor

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    What a let down took my grandchildren not happy other people made same comment after the show. My granddaughter loves sleeping beauty film but she couldn't be told that this was it. Will think twice about any other show. Lots of kids dressed as princesses maby sleeping beauty should of done the same so children would know her. 



    From West Yorkshire Playhouse:


    Thank you for your comments Pauline, we're really sorry that you didn't enjoy this particular show. Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom is our next show for children 2+, and is very much a stage version of the television animation, on 5 & 6 April, we hope you do come back again. 

    DATE POSTED: 09/12/2012

  5. Shelagh

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    The show was very colourful and musical and the cast very good, however my grand-daughter although spellbound still cannot understand why there was no 'dress'. By all means improvise but don't forget all the little girls want to see 'the dress' and don't need to see the story change.

    DATE POSTED: 22/12/2012

  6. Helen

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    Good show but no princesses as such so not quite the princess story I was after but my 3 1/2 yr old loved it great cast could have had a few more mins dancing at the end

    DATE POSTED: 22/12/2012

  7. Carra Grieve

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    Fantastic from start to finish, my six year old cousin was entranced. The acting was great and the use of props, etc was magical. I would defiantly recommend a visit.

    DATE POSTED: 07/01/2013

  8. Charlotte Knowles

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    Don't go to this if you are expecting a Disney production with dresses, dragons and disproportionate damsels! Do go if you want a fun afternoon out with your kids. I took my son (7), two daughters (2 & 4) and husband. Quite an expensive trip out for the five of us but really enjoyed it. Don't sit on the front room unless your child will be happy to be handed a prop to look after. Lovely music and singing. Enjoyable story line. Funny. All three kids loved it. Much better than an irritating pantomine.

    DATE POSTED: 12/01/2013

  9. carol

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    Loved it ! Loved it! Loved it! So did my 9 year old Daughter. We laughed , danced and sang along with the fantastic cast. The modern upbeat take on an old classic enthralled us. The cast were brill , funny and what voices!! Enjoyed it so much we have booked to see Wind in the Willows on Wednesday!

    DATE POSTED: 15/01/2013

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Sleeping Beauty  (Foundation and Key Stage 1)

Explore this age old tale, its characters and themes, and experience West Yorkshire Playhouse's sparkling new production this Christmas.

(Your package may include both the production and workshop, or just one of the two)

Teachers' Evening - Sleeping Beauty (Foundation and Key Stage 1)
Tuesday 11 December, 4pm to 5pm (production begins at 6pm)

Take part in a practical drama workshop, exploring the world of Sleeping Beauty. Attendance includes a free ticket to see the Playhouse production afterwards.

To book any of these Creative Education opportunities please contact Alison Petherbridge, Primary Education Co-ordinator, on 0113 213 7290 or email alison.petherbridge@wyp.org.uk

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