The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
Royal Opera House
The Royal Ballet brings a Christmas treat to London dance audiences with the return of its landmark production of The Sleeping Beauty to Covent Garden.
Marking 70 years since the Company reopened the Royal Opera House after World War II – with Margot Fonteyn dancing the role of Aurora - this enchanting 19th century classic epitomises the traditions of The Royal Ballet.
While younger generations can only imagine how wonderful the war-weary audiences would have deemed it to be, The Sleeping Beauty’s endurance as a signature work of the Company reflects its ongoing popularity.
Featuring a beautiful princess, a flock of fairies and an array of beloved fairy-tale characters, The Sleeping Beauty provides ample opportunity for the whole Company to shine.
This update of the 1946 Oliver Messel production blends Marius Petipa’s masterful choreography with sections subsequently created especially for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon.
And, of course, complementing the virtuoso choreography is Tchaikovsky’s glorious score.
Musical highlights embellish every magical moment – from the iconic Rose Adagio to the celebratory divertissements and the final Grand pas-de- deux – firmly establishing The Sleeping Beauty as a favourite among balletomanes and less frequent theatregoers alike.
Among the casts that have just been announced, are veteran pairings, such as Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov, and Iana Salenko and Steven McRae. Natalia Osipova will dance Aurora partnered by Ryoichi Hirano.
Particularly exciting, though, will be the debut in the lead roles of some of the Royal's most promising rising stars, Francesca Hayward and Alexander Campbell; and Yasmine Naghdi partnered by Matthew Ball.
Live Cinema Season -The Sleeping Beauty will be shown in cinemas nationwide on Tuesday 28th February 2017
|What||The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty|
Royal Opera House
Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
21 Dec 2016 – 14 Mar 2017, 19:15 Sat 4th March 19:00 Sat mats. 13:30
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