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Autumn 2014
Winter 2014
Spring 2015
Summer 2015

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Birmingham Hippodrome
Festival Theatre Edinburgh
London Coliseum
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
The Lowry, Salford
Theatre Royal Plymouth

By show

An Evening of Music and Dance 2015
First Steps: a child's Coppelia
Moving Stateside
Serenade / Carmina burana
The King Dances / Carmina burana
The Nutcracker

The Sleeping Beauty story guide


click here for a child friendly story guide.
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The Spell
It is Aurora's birthday and four princes have come to woo her. In order that Carabosse's curse will not come true, spindles and needles have been forbidden in the kingdom. During the festivities Princess Aurora meets an old woman working at a spindle; she has been sent by Carabosse. Aurora is fascinated with the spindle and when the old woman hands it to her she dances with it.Suddenly Aurora pricks her finger and falls to the ground. The King and Queen are distraught and the old woman is led away to prison. Triumphantly Carabosse appears - her curse has come true. As she vanishes the Lilac Fairy enters to fulfil her promise. She casts a spell of sleep over the whole court and commands a forest to grow and conceal the palace completely.

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