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Special Offers – The Sleeping Beauty – 2008

Sleeping Beauty, The

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Never snub a wicked fairy at a christening; they invariably do something nasty to the child! The Royal Ballet performs a new version of one of their most historically important pieces. Read More >

When wicked fairy Carabosse is snubbed at Princess Aurora's christening, she chooses not to give a present, but instead curses the child. The Lilac fairy saves Aurora from the looming hand of death, and changes the curse so that the princess will fall into a deep sleep when she pricks her finger. When needle meets digit there is a lot of snoozing, until a handsome prince saves the day.


The Sleeping Beauty was the first ballet performed by the Vic-Wells Ballet 75 years ago. When the same company became the resident company of the Royal Opera House 60 years ago, it again presented The Sleeping Beauty. Fifty years ago the Vic-Wells Ballet became the Royal Ballet. It is fitting, then, that this new production of The Sleeping Beauty is included in the Royal Ballet's 75th anniversary season.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 15/05/2006

Closing Night: 03/06/2006

Running time: 3h

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Cast & Creative


Director - Production by Monica Mason and Christopher Newton after Ninette de Valois and Nicholas Sergeyev

Designer - Oliver Messel. Additional designs by Peter Farmer

Choreographer - Marius Petipa. Additional choreography by Ninette de Valois, Frederick Ashton and Christopher Wheeldon

Conductor - Valery Ovsyanikov

Lighting Designer - Mark Jonathan

About Royal Opera House

Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom WC2E 9DD

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