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Sleeping Beauty, The

  • Stuart Paterson
  • Full Length Play, Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
  • 4M, 4F
  • ISBN: NHB-12161

A variation on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty.

  • Full Length Play
  • Drama, Comedy

  • Time Period: Fantasy
  • Target Audience: Children (Age 6 - 10), Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • High School/Secondary, Jr High/Primary, Community Theatre
A variation on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty, by the "master of children's theatre" (Scotsman).

Stuart Paterson's play The Sleeping Beauty was first staged at the Lyceum, Edinburgh, in 1996.


"Two tales for the price of one as the brilliant Christmas show specialist Stuart Paterson weaves the story of the princess and the frog into the dream-world of Sleeping Beauty."

 Sunday Times

"This fantastically embroidered variation on the original is classic Stuart Paterson territory. Here is a deep understanding of the old stories, here is the battle between the queens of darkness and light, here is the robust and less than goody-goody heroine, here the wide-eyed, big-hearted boy, here the insight into the real world of children."


Premiere Production: Lyceum, Edinburgh, 1996, then Dundee.
  • Casting: 4M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Good role(s) for female performers, Expandable casting