The Sleeping Beauty

London Coliseum
Three hours including two intervals
Fall under the spell of Kenneth MacMillan’s fairy tale classic.

The malevolent Fairy Carabosse curses Princess Aurora to 100 years’ slumber, by a single prick of her finger on her 16th birthday. Doomed by fate, only a Prince’s sweet kiss can break the spell and awaken the sleeping beauty.

The bewitching and dark fairy-tale is brought to life in Kenneth MacMillan’s exquisite production; “a masterclass in classical style” (The Guardian), with “some of the most ravishing steps in the 19th century repertory”.

Visually stunning with Peter Farmer’s sumptuous set, and elaborate costumes by Nicholas Georgiadis, this gorgeously classical production features Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

This revival coincides with the recent anniversary of MacMillan’s death, and follows the Company’s performances of MacMillan’s masterpiece Song of the Earth in the autumn/winter.

The best Beauty in Britain, with a warmth and confidence that make the tale’s magic sing out
The Independent
As near perfect a Sleeping Beauty as one could ask for
The Sunday Express
Main image: Joseph Caley and Jurgita Dronina © Jason Bell. Art Direction and Design Charlotte Wilkinson Studio.

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MEET THE PRINCIPAL CAST

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Please note that casting is subject to change

Alina Cojocaru

Princess Aurora

Joseph Caley

Prince Désiré

James Streeter

Carabosse

Shiori Kase

Lilac Fairy

Gavin Sutherland

Conductor

CREATIVE TEAM

Kenneth MacMillan

Choreography (after Marius Petipa)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Music

Peter Farmer

Set Design

Nicholas Georgiadis

Costume Design

Synopsis

Prologue – The Christening

King Florestan and his Queen are holding a celebration for the christening of their baby, Princess Aurora. Amongst their guests are her fairy godmothers who each bestow a magical gift on the child: beauty, temperament, purity, joy, wit and generosity.

Before the Lilac Fairy can present the final gift another fairy is seen approaching, Carabosse, who is in a rage because the Master of Ceremonies forgot to invite her to the ceremony. As revenge for being overlooked she pronounces that Aurora will one day prick her finger and die. The Lilac Fairy, unable to completely overturn the curse confounds it instead by promising that Aurora will not die but rather fall into a deep sleep from which she will be awakened by a prince’s kiss.

Interval

Act I – The Spell

It is Princess Aurora’s 16th birthday and four princes arrive to seek her hand in marriage at the celebration. All sharp objects have been banned at court and so when three women are found to have knitting needles the King sentences them to death for endangering Aurora’s life. The Queen intervenes and persuades the King to spare their lives. The celebration resumes with the townspeople dancing the Garland Waltz.

Aurora enters and is introduced to the four princes. She dances with each of them in turn, the Rose Adage, as she decides which one to marry.

A mysterious cloaked guest arrives with a gift for Aurora, a spindle. Having never seen a sharp object before Aurora dances with it, fascinated. She pricks her finger on the spindle and the hooded guest reveals herself as Carabosse, reiterating her curse before disappearing. The Lilac Fairy appears and to protect Aurora, casts a spell over the palace and its entire people, sending them to sleep. At her command a forest covers the Palace until the promised awakening.

Interval

Act II – The Vision

One hundred years have passed. Prince Désiré is hunting with members of his court. Strangely unhappy he seeks solitude to reflect on his ideal love.

The Lilac Fairy appears and presents a vision of Princess Aurora to him. He pleads with her to take him to where the lovely vision sleeps. They journey together through the forest to the overgrown palace where, following a confrontation between good and evil, the Prince awakens Aurora with a kiss. The spell is broken and Carabosse and her attendants disappear vanquished.

Act III – The Wedding

The Court is jubilant with the wedding celebrations of Princess Aurora and Prince Désiré. The guests include the fairytale characters Puss in Boots and the White Cat, the Bluebird and Princess Florine, Red Riding Hood and the Wolf all of whom pay their respects to the radiant couple. Their joy is complete when the Lilac Fairy arrives and gives her blessing to their happy union.

 

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Reviews


“All airiness and light”
“The production is one to savour. The orchestra does full justice to Tchaikovsky”
“I love how the whole company gets caught up in both story and dancing in this production”

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£5 off each ticket.

Under 30’s
Two-for-one on top-price tickets (normally £79 per ticket).

Schools matinees
Thu 7 Jun 2.00pm
Thu 14 Jun 2.00pm
£8 per pupil + 1 free teacher ticket per 10 students.
Available on selected areas only. For all other performances, the Groups rate and conditions apply.

Wheelchair Rate
£19/£9.50

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Meet the principal cast

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Please note that casting is subject to change

London Coliseum, Wed 6 June 2018, 7.30pm

Alina Cojocaru

Princess Aurora

Joseph Caley

Prince Désiré

James Streeter

Carabosse

Shiori Kase

Lilac Fairy

Gavin Sutherland

Conductor

London Coliseum, Thu 7 June 2018, 2pm

Erina Takahashi

Princess Aurora

Aitor Arrieta

Prince Désiré

Fabian Reimair

Carabosse

Begoña Cao

Lilac Fairy

Guest Conductor

London Coliseum, Thu 7 June 2018, 7.30pm

Maria Alexandrova

Princess Aurora

Aaron Robison

Prince Désiré

Stina Quagebeur

Carabosse

Alison McWhinney

Lilac Fairy

Gavin Sutherland

Conductor

London Coliseum, Fri 8 June 2018, 7.30pm

Alina Cojocaru

Princess Aurora

Joseph Caley

Prince Désiré

James Streeter

Carabosse

Shiori Kase

Lilac Fairy

Gavin Sutherland

Conductor

London Coliseum, Sat 9 June 2018, 2.30pm

Jurgita Dronina

Princess Aurora

Isaac Hernández

Prince Désiré

Sarah Kundi

Carabosse

Tiffany Hedman

Lilac Fairy

Gavin Sutherland

Conductor

London Coliseum, Sat 9 June 2018, 7.30pm

Erina Takahashi

Princess Aurora

Aitor Arrieta

Prince Désiré

Fabian Reimair

Carabosse

Shiori Kase

Lilac Fairy

Guest Conductor

London Coliseum, Tue 12 June 2018, 7.30pm

Maria Alexandrova

Princess Aurora

Joseph Caley

Prince Désiré

Gavin Sutherland

Conductor

London Coliseum, Wed 13 June 2018, 7.30pm

Erina Takahashi

Princess Aurora

Aitor Arrieta

Prince Désiré

Stefan Bone

Guest Conductor

London Coliseum, Thu 14 June 2018, 2pm

Alina Cojocaru

Princess Aurora

Joseph Caley

Prince Désiré

Gavin Sutherland

Conductor

London Coliseum, Thu 14 June 2018, 7.30pm

Jurgita Dronina

Princess Aurora

Isaac Hernández

Prince Désiré

Daniel Klein

Guest Conductor

London Coliseum, Fri 15 June 2018, 7.30pm

Maria Alexandrova

Princess Aurora

Isaac Hernández

Prince Désiré

Gavin Sutherland

Conductor

London Coliseum, Sat 16 June 2018, 2.30pm

Shiori Kase

Princess Aurora

Ken Saruhashi

Prince Désiré

Stefan Bone

Guest Conductor

London Coliseum, Sat 16 June 2018, 7.30pm

Jurgita Dronina

Princess Aurora

Isaac Hernández

Prince Désiré

Daniel Klein

Guest Conductor