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The Sleeping Beauty

Nao Sakuma as Aurora and Chi Cao as Prince Florimund; photo: Bill Cooper

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The Sleeping Beauty



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The Sleeping Beauty

On her christening day Princess Aurora is cursed by the wicked fairy Carabosse: one day the Princess will prick her finger on a spindle and die. But the kind Lilac Fairy tempers the curse so the Princess will instead fall asleep for 100 years.

With a classical score by Tchaikovsky and original choreography by Marius Petipa, The Sleeping Beauty is considered one of the greatest ballets from Imperial Russia. This thrilling production is by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s former director Sir Peter Wright, creator of the Company's popular production of The Nutcracker. With its romantic finale packed with every fairytale character imaginable, The Sleeping Beauty is as engaging now as when she first fell asleep, over a hundred years ago.



'Matchless'
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

'If you've never been to the ballet before, this is a great introduction'
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

'Has no equal in the ballet world today'
THE STAGE

'The grandest ballet in the repertory... Birmingham Royal Ballet's production remains the most magisterial I have seen'
THE GUARDIAN

Performance length


Approx 2 hours and 55 minutes

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Storyguide


PROLOGUE  |  ACT I  |  ACT II  |  ACT III
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Credits


Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography Peter Wright; Marius Petipa
Production Peter Wright
Design Philip Prowse
Lighting Mark Jonathan


World premiere


16 January 1890, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg

First performance by Birmingham Royal Ballet


15 October 1984, Birmingham Hippodrome

Reviews


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