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Your reaction: The Sleeping Beauty 2014

A selection of audience tweets from the first night (and matinee) of Petipa's fairytale ballet.

By Ellen West (Head of Online Content)

23 February 2014 at 8.37am | 11 Comments

If you were at The Sleeping Beauty add your comments below.

The Sleeping Beauty runs from 22 February–9 April 2014. Tickets are still available. The ballet is also part of our live cinema season and will be broadcast to cinemas on 19 March 2014.

Production sponsored by Coutts and generously supported by Sarah and Lloyd Dorfman, Peter Lloyd and in memory of Ellen Burkhardt, with additional philanthropic support from The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund. Original production (2006) made possible by The Linbury Trust, Sir Simon and Lady Robertson and Marina Hobson OBE.

By Ellen West (Head of Online Content)

23 February 2014 at 8.37am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Marius Petipa, comments, Production, The Sleeping Beauty, twitter, your reaction

This article has 11 comments

  1. Kevin responded on 26 February 2014 at 11:55pm Reply

    Just seen Choe & Hirano. Very impressive. Hirano, I have never seen act and dance so well.

  2. Steve Springford responded on 27 February 2014 at 1:09pm Reply

    Some fantastic debuts in Sleeping Beauty last night - not least Yuhui Choe and Ryoichi Hirano but certainly Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambe in the Bluebird Pas de Deux and a wonderful, if unexpected, Prologue Fairy debut from Romany Pajdak. A great night from a great-looking company despite their understandable exhaustion from a long winter season.

  3. Fiona responded on 19 March 2014 at 11:56pm Reply

    Sarah Lamb was lovely, Stephen McRae was good in act 2, but wasn't at his best in last act, bit leaden and unelastic. Was there a reason? And I don't like the swung leg a la seconde that he did before his pirouettes. It's not pure classical ballet. I thought lighting was dim, and not good enough for cinema relay. We couldn't see backdrops or columns except as shadows. I also thought camera angles were too low, mostly below tutu height and all the sparkly stuff is on top of the tutus. Thought Lilac Fairy would have been better cast as Carabosse. Yuhui Choe lovely as fairy and Princess Florine. Lots of good performances in soloist roles including Kristen McNally as Carabosse. Lots more to say, but this is probably enough for now.

  4. Saw this on 22nd February - evening performance.
    Stunning partnership between Lamb and Macrae.
    Particularly inspired by the charming Puss In Boots pas de deux!
    For me the highlight was the Rose Adagio danced with such grace and technical excellence.
    A wonderful evening with a fantastic meal at The Amphiteatre restaurant.

  5. Sue bull responded on 20 March 2014 at 12:03pm Reply

    It was a wonderful performance. Many thanks to all

  6. M Marshall responded on 29 March 2014 at 11:21am Reply

    Fri 28th March performance had some real standouts with a beautiful and highly controlled performance from N Osipova, an elegant and breathtaking performance from Vadim M, and sheer power, energy and height from Marcelino Sambe. Amazing that he is not more senior in the company with his level of performance. One of the best BlueBird pas de deux male performances that I have ever seen at ROH.

  7. Amelia Morgan responded on 30 March 2014 at 6:30pm Reply

    Simply stunning!! Saw Steven McRae and Sarah Lamb, both absolutely gorgeous dancers and so well matched! Inspiring! Can't wait for our next visit to the ROH :)

  8. Sebastian Petit responded on 30 March 2014 at 7:33pm Reply

    Aside from the obvious disappointment of Osipova's injury this production just looks so leadenly old fashioned especially the cardboard and canvas sets. This sort of thing was fine in the 50's but now it looks like the sort of production the Russians still trot out on tour. Also some of the costumes (especially the Prologue Fairies and the Act 3 characters) are ugly and unsubtle. Never thought I'd say this but it actually made me long for the weird Maria Bjornson sets which at least had grandeur and excitement. The Sleeping Beauty should be the jewel in the Royal Ballet's crown. Not in this production

  9. Geraldine Dora responded on 30 March 2014 at 9:28pm Reply

    Loved Carabosse's costume. Thought the lighting could have been more adventurous in creating atmosphere and illusion. But overall, loved it.

  10. Meaghan responded on 14 May 2014 at 3:08pm Reply

    I've seen many performers in the role of Prince and as a literary critic prefer Mat Golding

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