Hex, new musical based on the story of Sleeping Beauty, plays on the National Theatre’s biggest stage this Christmas. A vividly original retelling of this well-loved fairy tale, Hex is a colourful and big-hearted musical perfect for all the family.

With all the classic ingredients from the story of Sleeping Beauty, audiences can enjoy original songs and dance numbers amongst thorns, princes, fairies and the all-important waking kiss.

Hex will play in the Olivier theatre from 26 November until 14 January, with press night on Tuesday 6 December, and is recommended for ages 8+

Credit: Johan Persson

Deep in the wood, a lonely fairy longs for someone to bless.

When she is summoned to the palace to help the princess sleep, her dream turns into a nightmare and her blessing becomes a curse.

Soon, she is plunged into a frantic, hundred-year quest to somehow make everything right.

Rufus Norris directs this vividly original retelling of the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ fairy tale with music by Jim Fortune, book by Tanya Ronder, designs by Katrina Lindsay and choreography by Jade Hackett.

‘Hex’ feels very pleasant to watch, like a treat! It is fun, goofy, amusing, Christmassy and so feel-good! The choreography is fascinating, and the presence of so many magic elements make this show more than spectacular!

Credit: Johan Persson

Tickets are on sale now and available to book via the NT website. 500 £20 tickets available for every performance.

Pictured above: Rosie Graham as Princess Rose, Michael Elcock as her Prince Bert, Lisa Lambe as Fairy and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Queenie.

Credit: Johan Persson

Access performances of Hex

Captioned performance: Monday 19 December at 7.15pm

BSL performance: Thursday 29 December at 7.15pm

Audio-described performances: Thursday 2 January at 2pm with a Touch Tour at 12.30pm

Sensory Adapted performance: Thursday 22 December at 7.15pm

Smart caption glasses Will be available for performances of Hex from Thursday 8 December.

About the National Theatre

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