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Hex, National Theatre, 2021
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Time Out Says

The NT’s big Christmas show is a dark musical version of ‘Sleeping Beauty’

The National Theatre’s first big musical of the pandemic era is ‘Hex’, an all-singing adaptation of the Sleeping Beauty myth that has raised a few eyebrows for being written by NT artistic director Rufus Norris (on lyrics) and his wife Tanya Ronder (book) alongside Jim Fortune (music), with Norris directing. Accusations have ranged from nepotism to the NT being desperately skint, but it seems more likely that after two chaotic years, the need to pull a reasonably bankable Christmas show out of the hat in markedly less time than it takes to pull the average musical together simply led to Norris revisiting one that he made earlier - ‘Hex’ is in fact a reworking of a version of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ he did for the Young Vic way back in 2002. In any case, Norris emphatically knows his way around a musical, and the last show he and Ronder did for the NT – 2013’s ‘Table’ – was excellent, albeit a wildly different prospect. There’s also a terrific cast, headed by Rosalie Craig, Tamsin Carroll, Kat Ronney and Michael Elcock.


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