Fumi Kaneko as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet ©2019 ROH. Photograph by Helen Maybanks

The Sleeping Beauty (2020)

26 February28 March 2021
The performance lasts approximately 2 hours 20 minutes.
Online only
Ballet and dance

Saturday 20 February 2021 marks 75 years since The Royal Ballet reopened the Royal Opera House after World War II with a performance of this classic ballet. We are excited to celebrate this anniversary by streaming our 2020 recording of the landmark production, which was restored to its original staging by Monica Mason and Christopher Newton in 2006.

Marius Petipa's masterful, 19th-century choreography is combined with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. Together they create an enchanting sequence of ballet repertory gems – the iconic Rose Adage, when Aurora meets her four royal suitors, the lilting Garland Waltz, the 'Vision' Pas de deux, when Prince Florimund sees Aurora for the first time, and the celebratory divertissements and final pas de deux that bring the ballet to its glorious close. Throughout, Tchaikovsky’s masterful score takes ballet music to a height of passion, sophistication and intensity that arguably has never been surpassed.

The 2020/21 Ballet Season is generously supported by Aud Jebsen

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing

Streaming generously supported by The Foyle Foundation

Original production (2006) made possible by the Linbury Trust, Simon and Virginia Robertson and Marina Hobson OBE.



The wicked fairy Carabosse is furious she wasn’t invited to Princess Aurora’s christening. She gives the baby a spindle, saying that one day the Princess will prick her finger on it and die. The Lilac Fairy makes her own christening gift a softening of Carabosse’s curse: Aurora will not die, but will fall into a deep sleep, which only a prince’s kiss will break.

On her 16th birthday, Aurora discovers the spindle and pricks her finger. She falls into an enchanted sleep, and the whole palace sleeps with her. One hundred years later, Prince Florimund discovers the palace, hidden deep within a great, dark forest. He wakes Aurora with a kiss.


ConductorSimon Hewett

Princess AuroraFumi Kaneko

Prince FlorimundFederico Bonelli

Concert MasterSergey Levitin

OrchestraOrchestra of the Royal Opera House



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