Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of The Sleeping Beauty. It was last on stage 5–9 August 2013.
Perrault’s beloved fairytale, ‘The Sleeping Beauty’, is imbued with wonder and excitement in this sumptuous ballet. Exquisite costumes by Franca Squarciapino and spectacular sets by the celebrated Italian art director Ezio Frigerio provide a brilliant visual feast. The tale of an ill-fated princess, an enchanted sleep and the magical power of a prince’s kiss is brought to life through Tchaikovsky’s incomparable score. The Bolshoi Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty to Covent Garden audiences as part of its Golden Jubilee season at the Royal Opera House.
News and features
6 August 2013
Audience tweets about the Bolshoi's first performance of Yuri Grigorovich's production outside Russia.
30 July 2013
A spotlight on releases from one of the world's premiere ballet companies, available in the ROH Shop.
29 July 2013
A look back at the history of Moscow’s great ballet company and its relationship with Covent Garden.
The Sleeping Beauty (Russian: Спящая красавица / Spyashchaya krasavitsa) is a ballet in a prologue and three acts, first performed in 1890. The music was composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (his opus 66). The score was completed in 1889, and is the second of his three ballets. The original scenario was conceived by Ivan Vsevolozhsky, and is based on Charles Perrault's La Belle au bois dormant. The choreographer of the original production was Marius Petipa. The premiere performance took place at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1890. The work has become one of the classical repertoire's most famous ballets.