The Royal Ballet
The Sleeping Beauty
When a wicked fairy places a fatal curse on the baby Princess Aurora, King Florestan and his Queen are distraught. However, the good Lilac Fairy promises that Aurora will not die but fall into a sleep of 100 years, a spell that only a prince’s kiss can break.
Although The Sleeping Beauty wasn’t an instant hit when it had its premiere at the Mariinsky in 1890, the ballet is now a firm favourite of The Royal Ballet repertory. When the Royal Opera House stopped performances during World War II, it was Oliver Messel’s production of the ballet that was selected to re-open the theatre in 1946. The production performed today retains much of Messel’s original design and is considered to be one of The Royal Ballet’s defining works.
Cinemas across the UK
19 March 2014
Via your local cinema box office