Classic plays set to enchant theatregoers this Christmas

Classic plays set to enchant theatregoers this Christmas

A scene from The Snowman

A scene from Sleeping Beauty

The cast of Sleeping Beauty

First published in Theatre

THE REP is hoping to enchant theatregoers once again this Christmas with its staging of seasonal classics - The Snowman and Sleeping Beauty.

Despite undergoing a huge makeover at its base in Broad Street - The Birmingham Repertory Theatre has laid on a packed festive programme that promises to bring the magic of Christmas to life.

The theatre is staging Sleeping Beauty at the nearby Crescent Theatre by Brindley Place until January 14 as well as bringing back Raymond Brigg's classic Christmas tale The Snowman, which runs at International Convention Centre in Broad Street from December 16 to 31.

Fairytale romance and weird and wonderful characters are guaranteed in Rufus Norris's fantastical take on Sleeping Beauty which is being billed as grisly as a Roald Dahl story and as 'Grimm' as any of the Brothers' fairytales.

Based on the original story by Charles Perrault, the quirky family-friendly musical suitable for youngsters seven and over is told from the point of view of the mischievous old Fairy Goody, a grubby, smelly old sprite who casts a spell that sends Princess Beauty into a deep, deep sleep - leaving the audience wondering if she will ever awaken.

While The Snowman, based on the classic book by Raymond Briggs and animated film directed by Dianne Jackson, has been thrilling REP audiences since 1993.

Featuring music and lyrics by Howard Blake, the show follows a young boy whose snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve and takes him on a night time adventure during which they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and many more of the Snowman's seasonal friends.

For tickets or more details visit website birmingham-rep.co.uk Meanwhile the News has teamed up with The REP to offer lucky readers chance to win tickets to see the shows.

Three family tickets are up for grabs to see The Snowman on Friday December 30 at 3pm.

For a chance to win, answer this simple question: which well-known song features in The Snowman?

Three family tickets are also up for grabs to see Sleeping Beauty on Friday January 6 at 7.30pm.

To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question: how does The Prince wake Sleeping Beauty from her 100-year slumber?

Email answers - including your name, address and telephone number - to competitions@birmingham-rep.co.uk Entries should be clearly marked Stourbridge News Sleeping Beauty Competition or Stourbridge News Snowman Competition.

The deadline for entries is Monday December 19.

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