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THE SLEEPING BEAUTY three versions available
BOOK BY COLIN WAKEFIELD. 
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY KATE EDGAR
" Once again Colin Wakefield and Kate Edgar have taken a traditional story and brought it up to the minute, with a time-travelling fairy to account for the 100-year sleep."
(WESTERN GAZETTE)

 
  Version One

CAST
   
(5F, 5M or 7F, 5M + 4 children + Chorus)

 

KING CUTHBERT  M Silly King.
QUEEN ESMERALDA  F Bossy Queen.
PRINCESS BRIAR ROSE  F Their daughter.
NANNY FANNY ANNIE M Dame
HARRY  M Nanny's supposed son: really Prince Harry.
LORD CHANCELLOR (L.C) M Officious Lord Chancellor ("Elsie")
CEDRIC  M His odious son.
NUTS  F The Princess's pet monkey.
CARABOSSE  F The wicked fairy.
THE TIME FAIRY The good fairy.
PATIENCE (PATTI)  F An American tourist fairy.
GRACE F Another American tourist fairy.
The Sleeping Beauty

CHORUS of children and/or young adults as PALACE CHILDREN, ATTENDANTS, SERVANTS and BRAMBLE BOGWOPPITS, and specifically:

 
GRL ONE:  BRIAR ROSE aged 7 (non-speaking)
GIRL TWO:  BRIAR ROSE aged 12 (non-speaking)
BOY ONE:  HARRY aged 7 (speaking)
BOY TWO:  HARRY aged 14 (non-speaking)

CASTING NOTE: This pantomime was written for a cast of ten to twelve principals, at least four children (for a growing up/Time sequence in dumbshow), and a small chorus, but will also suit a larger company. Most of the principals doubled in The Opening Chorus (as servants and flunkeys). With a larger company, a separate chorus, of whatever size, can be used for the Opening, as well as for fleshing out a number of other scenes (e.g. the Arrival/landing of the Time-o-Bile, the Christening, the Spinning Wheel Destruction, the Celebration, the Chase, the Falling Asleep and the Awakening, and the Finale). Cedric as a boy (aged 12 to 14 at the beginning of the play) should be played by the adult actor. Patti and Grace are cameo roles which can be doubled by the actors playing Nuts and Briar Rose.

SETTINGS
Two FRONTCLOTHS  (One would suffice) :
THE CASTLE
THE BRAMBLES
  
One GAUZE CLOTH (Optional)
  
Four MAIN SETTINGS:
THE ROYAL HALL
NANNY FANNY ANNIE'S KITCHEN
HEDGED GARDEN
THE OVERGROWN TOWER (including Transformation)
The designs and staging can be as lavish or as simple as resources allow.
MUSIC
Thirteen Numbers. The original songs and music are scored for two keyboards and percussion, but can be tailored to suit resources.
IN THIS SECTION
please choose a pantomime:
Aladdin
Ali Baba
Cinderella
Dick Whittington
Hansel & Gretel
Jack & the Beanstalk
Little Red Riding Hood
Mother Goose
Pinocchio
Puss in Boots
Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood
The Sleeping Beauty
Version One
Version Two
Version
    Three
Snow Queen
.



This version of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY was first performed at Salisbury Playhouse on 10th December 1994. It was produced by the Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds in 2001/02 and by the Theatre Royal Northampton, in 2002/03.

"Pantomime as it should be - traditional, rhyming, not a strobe light in sight - and all the more magical because of that.
(WILTSHIRE TIMES)

"Another mini-masterpiece of mirthfulness. Great family entertainment."
(WESTERN DAILY PRESS)

 The script and music of this version of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY are published by JOSEF WEINBERGER PLAYS (020 7580 2827), who handle all contracts and from whom inspection copies are available



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sleeping beauty the whole story
Sleeping BeautyVersion Two

THE
SLEEPING BEAUTY
...the whole story!
A family musical
BOOK BY COLIN WAKEFIELD. 
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY KATE EDGAR
  

CAST          (3M, 4F)
Act One (1860's):
KING ETHELBERT
M King.
QUEEN GERTRUDE F Queen.
PRINCESS BRIAR ROSE  F Their daughter.
LORD CHANCELLOR (L.C) M L.C ("Elsie")
BILLY M His son.
CARABOSSE  F Wicked fairy.
FAIRY GODMOTHER
Good fairy.

Act Two (1960's):
(Cast doubling according to list for Act One)
PRINCE HARRY
M Royal hero
QUEEN HERNIA F His wicked mother.
PRINCESS BRIAR ROSE  F His bride
LORD CHANCELLOR
M L.C ("Elsie")
BILLY M His son.
AUNTIE VERRUCA  F The Queen's sister
COOKIE
The Palace cook.
Sleeping BeautySETTINGS
Act One:
CASTLE (interior)
CASTLE GARDENS
TOWER (interior)

Act Two:
OVERGROWN TOWER
PALACE KITCHEN
PALACE GARDEN

The designs and staging can be as lavish or as simple as resources allow. This is not a pantomime, so there are no transformations, grand set pieces or extravagant costume changes. 

MUSIC

Twelve Numbers. The first production was cast with seven actor/musicians, with no separate band or MD. But the music has also been scored for two keyboards, so the show can be performed by non-instrumentalists – ie. as a more conventional musical.

IN THIS SECTION
please choose a pantomime:
Aladdin
Ali Baba
Cinderella
Dick Whittington
Hansel & Gretel
Jack & the Beanstalk
Little Red Riding Hood
Mother Goose
Pinocchio
Puss in Boots
Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood
The Sleeping Beauty
Version One
Version Two
Version
    Three
Snow Queen
.

 

This version of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY was first performed at Winchester Theatre Royal on 11th December 2003, produced by the Hiss and Boo Company. It was produced by Theatre Royal Margate in 2007/08.

The sets and costumes of the Winchester production are available are available for hire from Hiss and Boo (01444 881707).

“What a beauty! Produced by the team who gave us last year’s LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD, this SLEEPING BEAUTY is another triumph of energy, wit and inventiveness.”
(SOUTHERN DAILY ECHO)

The script and music for this version of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY are unpublished, but enquiries should still be addressed to JOSEF WEINBERGER PLAYS (020 7580 2827), who handle all contracts and from whom inspection copies are available.


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Version Three

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY...the whole story!
A family pantomime
BOOK BY COLIN WAKEFIELD. 
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY KATE EDGAR
  
This show closely follows the structure of our Version Two (above), but unlike that actor/musician version it contains more pantomime elements and is for a larger cast. Many of the pantomime features (including some Numbers) have been drawn from Version One, so this is in some senses a hybrid. Version Three was commissioned by the Merlin Theatre, Frome, who wanted a large-cast show but liked the structure of our Winchester script. It will suit professional and amateur pantomime companies alike.

CAST         
Act One (1860's):
KING ETHELBERT
M
QUEEN GERTRUDE F
LORD CHANCELLOR M
DAME (NANNY FANNY ANNIE)  M
Little BILLY (her son – aged 7 – 11) M
BILLY (grown up) M
NUTS the MONKEY M/F
CARABOSSE  F
GODMOTHER
BRIAR ROSE F
CHORUS of ADULTS and CHILDREN, to include (in addition to little BILLY), two GIRLS aged about 7 and 12 and a BOY aged 14+ (for the growing up sequence)

Act Two (1960's):
PRINCE HARRY
M
BRIAR ROSE F
LORD CHANCELLOR M
DAME (now COOKIE) M
BILLY M
QUEEN HERNIA F
AUNTIE VERRUCA F
CARABOSSE F
GODMOTHER F
NUTS the MONKEY M/F


CHORUS




CASTING NOTE: PRINCE HARRY, QUEEN HERNIA and AUNTIE VERRUCA are the only new actors required for Act Two. The others must continue from Act One, even after the 100-year passage of time (apart from BRIAR ROSE, they are the descendants of their counterparts). In a smaller company, HARRY can be doubled with ETHELBERT, and HERNIA with GERTRUDE.

SETTINGS
Act One:
FRONTCLOTH (optional)
CASTLE (interior)
HEDGED GARDEN (with gauze)
TOWER (interior)

Act Two:
FRONTCLOTH (or Gauze) (optional)
OVERGROWN TOWER (interior)
KITCHEN
PALACE GARDEN

The design and staging can be as lavish or as simple as resources allow.

MUSIC

Thirteen Numbers. These are scored for two keyboards, base and drums, but the instrumentation can be adapted to suit resources

This version of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY was first performed at the Merlin Theatre, Frome, on 7th December 2006.

The script and music for Version Three are unpublished, but the rights are handled by JOSEF WEINBERGER PLAYS (020 7580 2827) to whom all enquiries should be addressed and from whom inspection copies are available.

IN THIS SECTION
please choose a pantomime:
Aladdin
Ali Baba
Cinderella
Dick Whittington
Hansel & Gretel
Jack & the Beanstalk
Little Red Riding Hood
Mother Goose
Pinocchio
Puss in Boots
Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood
The Sleeping Beauty
Version One
Version Two
Version
    Three
Snow Queen
.