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Watch the cast of Hex in rehearsals at the National Theatre

This (sleeping) beauty of a musical returns for the festive season

Victoria Hamilton-Barritt and Lisa Lambe
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We recently visited the cast of Hex, currently in rehearsals at the National Theatre for the new musical's return.

A reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, the piece is billed as a "mythic, big-hearted musical that goes beyond the waking kiss". It features a book by Tanya Ronder, music by Jim Fortune and lyrics by NT artistic director Rufus Norris, who also directs the production.

Thanks to last year's world premiere run being hampered and cut short by the pandemic, the musical never officially celebrated a press night.

We sat down with lead actors Michael Elcock, reprising his role as Bert from 2021, Rosie Graham (Princess Rose), Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (Queenie) and Lisa Lambe (Fairy) to get their thoughts on the show's imminent comeback. Check out our exclusive video below.

The company is completed by (in alphabetical order) Zaynah Ahmed, Marc Akinfolarin, Christopher Akrill, Sabrina Aloueche, Ben Goffe, Chris Jenkins, Kalisha Johnson, Amanda Lindgren, Michael Matus, Kody Mortimer, Neïma Naouri, Mark Oxtoby, Kate Parr, Aharon Rayner, Olivia Saunders, Sasha Shadid, Rumi Sutton and Riley Woodford.

The production features set and costume designs by Katrina Lindsay and choreography by Jade Hackett, with music supervision and vocal arrangements by Marc Tritschler, orchestrations by Simon Hale, music direction by Tarek Merchant, lighting design by Paul Anderson, sound design by Simon Baker and video design by Ash J Woodward. The consultant choreographer is Bill Deamer and Séimí Campbell is associate director.

Hex runs from 26 November to 14 January at the National Theatre, with a press night set for 6 December. Tickets are on sale below.