On her christening day Princess Aurora is cursed by the wicked fairy Carabosse; one day the Princess will prick her finger on a spindle and die, but the kind Lilac Fairy tempers the curse so the Princess will instead fall asleep for 100 years.
This lavish production with a cast of over 80 is by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s former director Sir Peter Wright, creator of the Company’s popular production of The Nutcracker. With a classical score by Tchaikovsky and original choreography by Marius Petipa, The Sleeping Beauty is considered one of the greatest ballets from Imperial Russia.
Philip Prowse, the designer responsible for the Company’s Swan Lake, provides the designs for the baroque style sets and over 150 beautiful hand-sewn costumes adding the grandeur to lighting by Mark Jonathan.
The Sleeping Beauty runs at the Lowry from 30th March until 3rd April.