12 March 2014 at 5.04pm | 37 Comments
The Royal Ballet production of The Sleeping Beauty, starring Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae, will be screened live in cinemas across the world on 19 March.
Ahead of the screening, find out more about the production with our Digital Guide, which allows you to access specially selected films, photos and exclusive articles about the production while on the move.
When a wicked fairy places a fatal curse on the baby Princess Aurora, King Florestan and his Queen are distraught. However, the good Lilac Fairy promises that Aurora will not die but fall into a sleep of 100 years, a spell that only a prince’s kiss can break. Find out more in our Ballet Essentials article.
Although The Sleeping Beauty wasn’t an instant hit when it had its premiere at the Mariinsky in 1890, the ballet is now a firm favourite of The Royal Ballet repertory. When the Royal Opera House stopped performances during World War II, it was Oliver Messel’s production of the ballet that was selected to re-open the theatre in 1946. The production performed today retains much of Messel’s original design and is considered to be one of The Royal Ballet’s defining works. Find out more about Oliver Messel’s iconic production.
The version performed at the Royal Opera House today combines Marius Petipa’s classic 19th-century choreography with newly created sections by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. Set to a passionate and iconic score by Tchaikovsky, it contains many stand-out moments, from the famous Rose Adagio in Act I, to the divertissements in the final act - a series of fairytale showpieces that feature characters including Little Red Riding Hood and Puss-in-Boots. Find out more about divertissements.
The Sleeping Beauty opened on 22 February. Read audience reactions to the opening night and add your own review.
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