Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Sleeping Beauty (ballet)

I saw a wonderfully inventive Sleeping Beauty ballet at the New Wimbledon Theatre last year choreographed by Matthew Bourne. The classic version however is the next Royal Ballet broadcast to Cineworld and will be screened on the 19th of March. The broadcast will last 190 minutes and includes an interval.

Sleeping Beauty was the ballet with which the Company triumphantly reopened the Royal Opera House in 1946 after World War II, with Margot Fonteyn dancing the role of Aurora. That landmark production was revived in 2006 and this 2014 ballet now incorporates new choreography by Anthony Dowell, Christopher Wheeldon and Frederick Ashton. Oliver Messel's gorgeous original set designs are re-imagined by Peter Farmer.

The baby Princess Aurora is cursed to sleep for a hundred years by a wicked fairy, angered at having not been invited to her christening. Her fate will be delivered by pricking her finger on a spinning wheel and, despite her parents best efforts, a wheel is within the Palace walls on Aurora's sixteenth birthday. When disaster strikes, the whole Palace falls asleep and is left, totally undisturbed, until a handsome Prince arrives, exactly one hundred years later, to break the spell.

Cineworld, Wed 19th Mar, 19:15.
Tickets £17.90 adults, £14.20 concessions, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000, or in person from the foyer.

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