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Rufus Norris reinvents the (spinning-) wheel in his darkly enchanting adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, which was originally commissioned by the Young Vic Theatre.
This version pushes beyond the confines of the familiar story. The climactic kiss that awakens the heroine occurs just before the interval.
Considering what befalls her afterwards when married, Beauty could be forgiven for wishing that the Prince had left her unroused from her epic sleep.
For she's landed with the mother-in-law from hell, an ogress with an overpowering taste for human flesh and hungry designs on Beauty's babies.