Audiences at Sadler’s Wells have been left entranced and now Sir Matthew Bourne’s stunning Gothic romance, Sleeping Beauty, returns to the road with a national tour starting at Milton Keynes Theatre later this month.
This revival of Sleeping Beauty, last seen at MKT three years ago, has won the hearts of thousands – many of them people who never imagined that they would enjoy ballet – and smashed box office records across the UK and the USA since its premiere.
The story is a familiar one to lovers, young and old, of fairy stories. A royal couple asks Carabosse, the Dark Fairy, for help in conceiving a child. When their little girl is born, the couple’s gratitude is in short supply, so Carabosse gets her own back by casting a spell that hangs like a dark cloud over the Princess Aurora.
Come the big bash on her 21st birthday, Aurora gets a short, sharp shock until the intervention of a good fairy.
Tchaikovsky’s score is an extraordinary mix of glorious sweeping waltz tunes and arrangements that sound curiously like contemporary techno Garage, reflecting the 100 year leap in time that Aurora experiences; from the halcyon days of the late Edwardian era to modern times.
With the help of sumptuous sets and costumes from long-time collaborator Lez Brotherston, evocative lighting, masterly storytelling and an ensemble cast who are all stars in their own right, Matthew Bourne has created a magical dance production.
2016 UK Tour dates
January 26-30, MILTON KEYNES THEATRE February 2-6, NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING February 9-13, BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME February 16-20, EMPIRE THEATRE, LIVERPOOL February 23-27, ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD March 1-5, HIPPODROME, BRISTOL March 8-12, THEATRE ROYAL, NORWICH March 15-19, MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON March 22-26, NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE, LONDON April 5-16, THEATRE ROYAL, NEWCASTLE April 19-23, THEATRE ROYAL, NOTTINGHAM April 26-30, WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF