Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty


Mary D. Fisher TheatreSun, Sep 17, 2017 4:00 PM Event Date Passed  
Film Info
Event Type:Ballet on Screen
Run Time:105 minutes


Following a sell-out UK tour Matthew Bourne’s stunning production, “Sleeping Beauty”, has been filmed for the big screen. This brand-new production created by Britain’s most successful choreographer premiered at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London to rave reviews and has been delighting audiences and selling out at many venues on this phenomenal tour.

The story begins in 1890, the year of the ballet’s first performance, at the christening of the heroine Princess Aurora. It was the Fin-de-Siecle period when fairies, vampires and decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination. As Aurora grows into a young woman, we move forward in time to the more rigid, uptight Edwardian era; a mythical golden age of long summer afternoons, croquet on the lawn and new dance crazes. Years later, awakening from her century long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day, a world more mysterious and wonderful than any fairy story! Matthew Bourne’s “Sleeping Beauty” is a Gothic Romance that will delight dance fans of all ages.

The choreographer’s new scenario introduces several characters not seen in Petipa’s famous Ballet or Grimm’s fairy tale: the Royal Family is headed by King Benedict and Queen Eleanor; Princess Aurora’s romantic interest is not a Prince, but the royal gamekeeper, Leo; and representing the central forces of good and evil are Count Lilac (the King of the Fairies) and the Dark Fairy, Carabosse. In another innovation, Bourne has created the character of Cardoc, Carabosse’s sinister, but charming son.

The sensational cast for “Sleeping Beauty” features many familiar faces from previous Matthew Bourne productions: Dominic North, Hannah Vassallo and Ashley Shaw. Bourne worked again with three of his regular collaborators and Associate Artists on “Sleeping Beauty”. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (Set and Costumes), Paule Constable (Lighting) and Paul Groothuis (Sound Design) have created a truly bewitching spectacle.