Sleeping Beauty

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Sleeping Beauty is a well known fairy tale, based on various folk tales from the 14th century, and written up by various authors over the ages.

The original texts

The best known textual versions are perhaps La Belle au bois dormant ("The Beauty Sleeping in the Wood") by Charles Perrault and Dornröschen ("Little Briar Rose") by the Brothers Grimm. The story has been staged in a variety of ways over the years, very often as a pantomime, operetta, ballet, or musical, on stage, ice, and film. The classical stage example is of course Tchaikovsky's 1890 ballet The Sleeping Beauty[1], while the quintessential film version is inevitably the 1954 Walt Disney animated film[2].

Sleeping Beauty in South Africa

Besides the various international films and filmic adaptations seen in the country, and performances of the classic ballet, a large number of local stage versions of the tale have been created and performed in the country.

South African texts and adaptations

Sleeping Beauty by Darryl Nel.

This is an operetta, written for use by primary school children.

Sleeping Beauty by Janice Honeyman

Also billed as Sleeping Beauty Pantomime

A pantomime. Presented by PACT Drama in 1990 directed by Janice Honeyman, set and costumes designed by Andrew Botha, musical director Bradley Miller, choreographer Jill Osborne, assistant director Maralin Vanrenen, lighting designer Jane Gosnell. The cast: Gaby Lomberg, Joanna Weinberg, James Borthwick, Michael Richard, Michael McCabe, Shirley Johnston, Maralin Vanrenen, Susan Danford, Itumeleng Wa-Lehulere, Nomsa Nene, Hannes Muller Nicky Rebelo and others.

Doringrosie van Roosfontein by Lizz Meiring

Doringrosie van Roosfontein ("Sleeping Beauty of Roosfontein") is a one act Afrikaans pantomime. Published in Sewe Kleure Boeke by ???

South African productions

2000: Sleeping Beauty (Anon.) performed as a musical by Kempton Arts and Theatrical Society

2003: Sleeping Beauty (Anon.) performed as a musical by Kempton Arts and Theatrical Society

2005: The Sleeping Beauty on Ice, performed by the Imperial Ice Stars[3] at Artscape, Cape Town

2011: Doringrosie van Roosfontein (Meiring) performed by Ferrum High School, Newcastle, Natal.

2014: The Sleeping Beauty on Ice, performed by the Imperial Ice Stars[4] at Artscape, Cape Town


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