The Sleeping Beauty
Music:Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography:Marius Petipa, Peter Wright
Production:Peter Wright
Designs:Philip Prowse
Lighting:Mark Jonathan

A Cornerstone of Birmingham Royal Ballet's Repertoire

Photo:Bill Cooper

Photo:Anthony Crickmay

Peter Wright

Photo:Bill Cooper

Alina Cojocaru

The Sleeping Beauty, based on Charles Perrault's fairytale, is one of the most lavish and sophisticated of all classical ballets. In England, The Royal Ballet, since its inception, has cherished and transformed this Russian masterpiece, which has become one of the most beloved works in the company's repertoire.

The production you will see is the "authentic" version by Sir Peter Wright who was Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet for many years. It has the best of pedigrees, embracing inheritance from both Russian and British ballet. It keeps the traditional choreography, including a variation in the prologue by Fyodor Lopukov which is usually danced by the Lilac Fairy but in this production is assigned to the Fairy of Joy. The Role of the Lilac Fairy is now a mime role, as in the original production. Wright added a pas de deux at the end of Act II after the Prince awakens Aurora with a kiss, which is a highlight of the production.

Join us and witness the purest style of classical ballet displayed in sumptuous, breathtaking gold sets by Philip Prowse.


Photo:Bill Cooper

King Florestan and his Queen have invited all the fairies to be present at the christening of Princess Aurora. Unfortunately the Fairy Carabosse has been forgotten. Greatly insulted, she vows that Aurora shall prick her finger with a spindle and die. The Lilac Fairy still has her own gift to bestow and promises that Aurora will not die but will fall into a deep sleep from which she will be awakened after a hundred years by a prince's kiss.

In later years at Aurora's birthday, Carabosse's curse comes true when Aurora finds the spindle and pricks her finger. She falls into a deep, enchanted sleep for one hundred years until a young Prince finds her in the misty forest and wakes the Sleeping Beauty with a kiss.

Photos:Bill Cooper


Fri. 18 May, 2018, 18:30

Princess AuroraAlina Cojocaru Prince FlorimundMathias Dingman

Sat. 19 May, 2018, 14:00

Princess AuroraNao Sakuma Prince FlorimundYasuo Atsuji

Sun. 20 May, 2018, 14:00

Princess AuroraAlina Cojocaru Prince FlorimundMathias Dingman

Orchestra: Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra

*Casting (as of 17 May. 2018) is subject to change.