‘The Sleeping Beauty’ Ballet Production Returns To Royal Opera House For Christmas | Arts


For the Christmas season this year, The Sleeping Beauty ballet production by the Royal Ballet will make its return to the Royal Opera House of London! This enchanting classic holds a special place in the history of the Royal Ballet’s repertory. Indeed it was the first ballet produced for the re-opening of the Royal Opera house after World War II in 1946.


It tells the history of princess Aurora cursed by wicked fairy Caribous who was furious for not being invited at her christening. Indeed if the princess pick her finger on a sprinkle, she will not dye thanks to her Lilac fairy, but she will fall asleep, and only a prince’s kiss would break the curse.


This landmark production of patina’s classic ballet featuring Tchaikovsky’s glorious music was restored with choreographies from Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. You will discover an array of virtuoso sequences as the Rose Adage, one of the most testing challenges for a classical dancer. All of this featuring enchanting and sophisticated designs by Olivier Messel.


In the main role, First Soloists Fumi Kaneko and Anna Rose O’Sullivan make their debuts as Princess Aurora, while there is a first debut for David Hallberg in The Royal Ballet production as Prince Florimund.


Director of The Royal Ballet, Kevin O’Hare, adds that, “It’s wonderful to be reviving The Sleeping Beauty this festive season. This much-loved classic has been synonymous with The Royal Ballet since 1946, and is a work from our repertory that is very special, both in terms of the heritage of the Company, and the multitude of technical and storytelling opportunities it offers to every dancer performing on stage”.


The enchanting production is on main stage from November 7, 2019 to January 16,2020, book your tickets here, and watch the teaser below.




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