If this sounds like rampant nepotism, let’s remember the catastrophic period British theatre is reemerging from, which for the National included its 2020 productions of Death of England: Delroy and Dick Whittington closing shortly after opening because of changing regulations surrounding the pandemic. With Covid-19 cases rising and a question mark looming over whether theatres will still be open come the festive season, perhaps the NT’s decision to look close to home for its Christmas show was a sensible one.
Set in the world of Sleeping Beauty, Hex redefines the myth’s fairy figure as misunderstood, rather than evil. When the Fairy is summoned to the palace to help the princess sleep, her blessing somehow becomes a curse, plunging the Fairy into a 100-year quest to put matters right and wake the sleeping beauty.
The endlessly watchable Rosalie Craig (Company) stars as the Fairy, joined by Tamsin Carroll (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie) in the part of Queenie and Michael Elcock as Bert. With Katrina Lindsay (Small Island) in charge of design, audiences can expect a gorgeous production.
A dark and thrilling tale, Hex is showing in the National’s Olivier Theatre and is suitable for those aged over eight.
|What||Hex, National Theatre|
|Where||National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
04 Dec 21 – 22 Jan 22, Performances at 7pm or 7:15pm with additional 2pm matinees
|Price||£20 - £89|
|Website||Click here for more information and to book|