Sleeping Beauty


The magical world of Sleeping Beauty is brought to life in this spectacular, fun-filled, family pantomime, led by Mercury’s award winning duo Dale Superville and ‘the best Dame in the country’ (British Theatre) Antony Stuart-Hicks.

Once upon a time in Colchesteria, Princess Luna is turning 18 but all celebrations have been banned by her wicked Aunt Carabosse, who is determined to stop Luna from taking her rightful place as Queen.

Carabosse tricks her niece into pricking her finger on a spinning wheel needle, cursing her to everlasting sleep. Only true love’s kiss can break the curse and wake the princess.

Now it’s up to her friends, Fairy Fizz, Dame Maris Piper and Spud to find her Prince, defeat the evil Carabosse and save Luna!

Will the curse be lifted? Will true love conquer all? Join us this Christmas on an unforgettable wintery adventure to find out!

Directed by Mercury’s Artistic Director Ryan McBryde (Aladdin, The Comedy of Errors), Sleeping Beauty jumps off the page in a side-splitting adaptation by Guy Unsworth (Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em).

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Sleeping Beauty


Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT

Tel: 01206 573948

Opening Times

Season (25 Nov 2023 - 14 Jan 2024)


The Mercury Theatre, with Jumbo Water Tower in the backgroundMercury Theatre, ColchesterA highly respected regional theatre, home to the critically acclaimed Mercury Theatre Company, staging a broad mix of classic plays and new writing as well as working extensively within the local community.