FAIRYTALES – most of us could recite them by heart.
Which is perhaps why the Citizen’s Theatre is promising a “gleefully gruesome take” on a classic tale this Christmas.
The southside theatre’s annual pantomime is Sleeping Beauty – with a few added extras.
Pricked by a cursed spindle on her 16th birthday, princess Beauty falls into a deep, deep sleep.
Our slumbering herione is guarded by the mischievous (and somewhat flatulent) Fairy Goody, who is on a mission to find a prince – the prince, to be precise, who can wake Beauty from her magical malaise with a true love’s kiss.
But the prospect of happy ever after isn’t so straighforward at the Citz, as Beauty also faces a perilous journey amid lurking ogres – and secrets – in order to get her loved ones home safe.
Billed as Tim Burton meets Shrek – but with a family feel, and suitable for ages five and up – the first Christmas show from new artistic director Dominic Hill promises more than just the usual panto dames and sing-alongs.
Of course, the Citz isn’t the only theatre to take on Sleeping Beauty this year.
For those of you in East Ren who’d rather see a panto closer to home, Eastwood-based Runway Theatre Company has just thing.
Regulars in the Extra’s Live! Slot, the Runway team return to Eastwood park theatre this week for – you guessed it – Sleeping Beauty.
Billed as a traditional Scottish pantomime – and “100 years of fun in the panto of your dreams” no less – the East Ren version promises to delight audiences with the addition of the world famous International Purves Puppets.
Whether it’s an ogre-dodging trip to the Gorbals or a night of puppetry and panto at Eastwood Park, we’re sure it’s a show you’ll want to stay awake for.
n Citz pantomime runs until January 6, and times vary. Tickets £13-£18 (children £7-£10) with family tickets also available, all from 429 0022 or the Citz website.
Sleeping Beauty at Eastwood Park Theatre runs December 10-15, 7.30pm, with 1pm Thurs and 11am and 3pm Sat matinees. Tickets £7-£14 from 577 4970.