Review // Sleeping Beauty at the Bristol Old Vic…

Sleeping Beauty - Bristol Old Vic - Joe Hall (King Derek) and Lucy Tuck (Queen Vanessa) - Photography by Steve Tanner

Every year at Christmas time, we love to visit the theatre.  Bristol has many great theatres all within walking distance of home.  But the oldest and in my opinion the best theatre, is the Bristol Old Vic.  This year the Christmas show there is Sleeping Beauty.  Initially my two boys weren’t overly impressed at the idea of seeing story about a princess, but I explained that the ‘beauty’ was in fact a prince.

Opinions shifted slightly, as they remembered how much they loved Swallows and Amazons from last year, and so in the end there we were eagerly waiting for the show to start.

Sleeping Beauty - Bristol Old Vic - Ensemble - Photography by Steve Tanner

Prince Percy had his glittering life all mapped out in front him. Handsome, charming with the best virtues bestowed on him on his first birthday by his fairy godmothers.  Then Sylvia, as part of her revenge against the other fairies, grants an evil wish… and so as the story goes, on his 16th birthday Percy falls asleep.

Sleeping Beauty - Bristol Old Vic - Stu Goodwin (Sylvia), Joe Hall (King Derek) and Lucy Tuck (Queen Vanessa) - Photography by Steve Tanner

But then this is where the similarities to the story ends.  We are whisked away on a magical adventure through mountains and snow blizzards, through forests in search of leaves and back to the kingdom and his parents the king and queen.

Sleeping Beauty - Bristol Old Vic - David Emmings (Percy) - Photography by Steve Tanner

A classic tale of adventure, good over coming evil and falling in love.  We were left spell bounded by the charm of the acting, the colourful costumes and the details.

The audience cheered the Prince along and boo’d the evil Sylvia.  Laughed at the jokes and sang along to the band.

A thoroughly brilliant performance once again.  Well done Bristol Old Vic for commissioning such fantastic shows for children.

Sleeping Beauty is on at the Bristol Old Vic until Sunday 17th January.   Tickets are still available – check on line.