Again composed by Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty was first performed in 1890 and is based on the story La belle au bois dormant (the beauty asleep in the wood) by Charles Perrault. Marius Petipa choreographed the original productions
The beautiful Princess Aurora is both blessed and cursed at her Christening. Good fairies have been invited and offer gifts of of honesty, grace, prosperity and beauty, but they are interrupted by the bad fairy Carabosse who is furious at having been left out of the celebrations. In revenge she curses the princess to prick her finger on her sixteenth birthday and die. The court is horrified but fortunately one good fairy is yet to bestow her gift and, although she cannot remove the curse, she changes it so that Aurora will only fall asleep. Unfortunately, she will sleep for 100 years and can only be awakened by the kiss of a Prince.
Congress Theatre, Fri 7th and Sat 8th Dec, 19:30.
Sat matinee, 14:30.
Tickets various prices, available online, by calling 01323 412000, or in person at the Box Office and the Tourist Information Office.