About Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
Booking to 15 January 2023
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Matthew Bourne‚Äôs Sleeping Beauty returns to Sadler’s Wells this Christmas 2022.

Matthew Bourne‚Äôs re-imagining of Tchaikovsky‚Äôs Sleeping Beauty is back at Sadler’s Wells this Christmas 2022 for a strictly limited season.

This haunting gothic romance features Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score, alongside Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed choreography, sumptuous sets and costumes and masterly storytelling.

Sleeping Beauty is playing a limited Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells from 29 November 2022 to 15 January 2023.

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Performance dates
Booking to 15 January 2023
Age restrictions
Under 5s will not be admitted.
Running time
2 hours (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Matinees: Saturday, Sunday

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What's the story of Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty?

Sleeping Beauty is Perrault’s timeless fairy tale about a young girl cursed to sleep for one hundred years. The story was turned into a legendary ballet by Tchaikovsky and choreographer, Marius Petipa, in 1890.

Matthew Bourne takes this date as his starting point, setting the Christening of Aurora, the story’s heroine, in the year of the ballet’s first performance; the height of the Fin-de-Siecle period when fairies, vampires and decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination. As Aurora grows into a young woman, we move forwards in time to the more rigid, uptight Edwardian era; a mythical golden age of long Summer afternoons, croquet on the lawn and new dance crazes. Years later, awakening from her century long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day; a world more mysterious than any Fairy story!

Matthew Bourne‚Äôs production introduces several characters not seen in Petipa‚Äôs famous Ballet or Grimm‚Äôs fairy tale. This imaginary kingdom is ruled over by King Benedict and Queen Eleanor. Princess Aurora‚Äôs romantic interest is not a Prince, but the royal gamekeeper, Leo. Representing the central forces of good and evil are Count Lilac (‚Äúthe King of the Fairies‚ÄĚ) and the Dark Fairy Carabosse. Bourne has also created the character of Caradoc, the sinister but charming son of Carabosse. Princess Aurora‚Äôs Fairy Godparents are characterised by their names – Ardor, Hibernia, Autumnus, Feral and Tantrum.

Who is in the cast of Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty?

Ashley Shaw returns to the central role of ‚ÄėPrincess Aurora‚Äô along with Katrina Lyndon making her debut in the role. ‚ÄėLeo‚Äô will be played by Andrew Monaghan, with Stephen Murray and Rory Macleod both making their debuts in the role.

‚ÄėCarabosse‚Äô and her son, ‚ÄėCaradoc‚Äô will feature debuts from Paris Fitzpatrick, Jackson Fisch and Ben Brown, and ‚ÄėCount Lilac‚Äô will also be played by Paris Fitzpatrick along with Dominic North and Christopher Thomas, all making their debuts in this role.

Completing the cast are several original cast members: Sophia Hurdley, Daisy May Kemp and Danny Reubens, along with those making their debuts in ‚ÄúSleeping Beauty‚ÄĚ: Benjamin Barlow Bazeley, Stephanie Billers, Isaac Peter Bowry, Kayla Collymore, Jade Copas, Cameron Flynn, Shoko Ito, Kurumi Kamayachi, James Lovell, Enrique Ngbokota and Bryony Wood.

Two New Adventures Emerging Artist Apprentices, Hannah Kremer, currently in her third year at Rambert, and Perreira Franque currently in his last year at Performers College, will both make their professional debuts in the ballet.

Who are the creative team of Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty?

Sleeping Beauty is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, working with his regular collaborators and New Adventures Associate Artists Lez Brotherston (Set and Costumes), Paule Constable (Lighting) and Paul Groothuis(Sound Design).


Reviews

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‚ėÖ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ "Thrills from start to finish. Utterly brilliant" - Sunday Express
"Phenomenal entertainment" - LA Times
"Unforgettable. An eye-popping delight" - Observer
"Luscious, dramatic and smart. Visually sumptuous and action-packed" - Sunday Times

Important Notes

Content

Some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. With a gothic, vampire theme, it is possible that some scenes may be a bit dark or scary for young children.

Special notes

Latecomers admitted at interval.

Access

There will be an Audio Described performance on 7 January at 2.30pm with a Touch Tour preceeding.


Venue Information

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN
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BBC Christmas schedule to include Mark Gatiss’ A Christmas Carol, Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends, Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!
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The BBC has announced its schedule for Christmas 2022 and it includes a number of West End treats! Dates and times for these shows have also now been confirmed - see below for details. There are also some new shows added to the list - including Luke Evans - Showtime! and classic and new movie musicals including Funny Girl, Into the Woods, Newsies, Mary Poppins and more. A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story (25 December 2022, 7pm, BBC Four) Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Dracula, Doctor Who) stars as Jacob Marley in the 2021 stage production of his own retelling of Dickens‚Äô A Christmas Carol. A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story also stars Nicholas Farrell (Chariots of Fire, The Crown, The Iron Lady) as Scrooge, and is directed for the stage by Adam Penford. It‚Äôs a cold Christmas Eve and mean-spirited miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Nicholas Farrell) has an unexpected visit from the spirit of his former business partner Jacob Marley (Mark Gatiss). Bound in chains as punishment for a lifetime of greed, the unearthly figure explains it isn‚Äôt too late for Scrooge to change his miserly ways in order to escape the same fate, but first he‚Äôll have to face three more eerie encounters. A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story is a Nottingham Playhouse production presented by Eleanor Lloyd Productions, Fiery Angel, Trafalgar Releasing, Eilene Davidson Productions and Gavin Kalin Productions for BBC Four and BBC iPlayer. Also playing live in London this Christmas is the Bridge Theatre production of A Christmas Carol starring Simon Russell-Beale; the Old Vic production of A Christmas Carol starring Owen Teale; and alternative takes on the classic tale with A Sherlock Carol at the Marylebone Theatre, Dolly Parton‚Äôs Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ghosted ‚Äď Another F***ing Christmas Carol at the Other Palace, and Sh*t-Faced Showtime - A Pissedmas Carol at the Leicester Square Theatre. Matthew Bourne‚Äôs Nutcracker! (25 December 2022, 1.30pm, BBC Two) Choreographer and director Matthew Bourne‚Äôs Nutcracker! is also coming to the screen this Christmas. Matthew Bourne‚Äôs Nutcracker! follows Clara‚Äôs bittersweet journey from a darkly comic Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross‚Äôs Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland, influenced by the lavish Hollywood musicals of the 1930s. Tchaikovsky‚Äôs glorious score and Anthony Ward‚Äôs newly-refreshed delectable sets and costumes combine with dazzling choreography to create a fresh and charmingly irreverent interpretation of the classic. Produced by Illuminations/New Adventures for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. Also playing live in London this Christmas is Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London. Copp√©lia (27 December 2022, 6.15pm, BBC Two) There will also be a new adaptation of Copp√©lia this Christmas, which combines enchanting animation and live action dance in a modern take on the much-loved ballet. A world-class cast includes Michaela DePrince, Daniel Camargo, Vito Mazzeo, Dame Darcey Bussell and Irek Mukhamedov. This new adaptation sees Dr. Coppelius (Mazzeo) as a cosmetic surgeon, whose lure of superficial beauty poisons the town. Swan (DePrince) must uncover the truth about the popular newcomer who puts her community and the life of her beloved Franz (Daniel Camargo) in danger. The ballet is choreographed by Ted Brandsen and features an original score composed by Maurizio Malagnini, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra. The film is by Jeff Tudor, Steven De Beul and Ben Tesseur, and produced by Bruno Felix, Femke Wolting and Janneke van de Kerkhof for Submarine and Adrienne Liron for 3 Minutes West. The Play What I Wrote (18 December 2022, 8pm, BBC Four) The BBC will also screen comedy award-winner The Play What I Wrote starring Tom Hiddleston, which was filmed during its Theatre Royal Bath run. The play will air on 18 December 2022 and also screen on BBC iPlayer. Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends (31 December 2022, 5.35pm, BBC Two) BBC Two and BBC iPlayer will screen the May 2022 tribute concert to Stephen Sondheim produced by Cameron Mackintosh, featuring a wealth of stage and screen stars including Julia Mckenzie, Bernadette Peters, Damian Lewis and more. Read more about the concert on the BBC here. Luke Evans - Showtime! (22 December 2022, 8pm, BBC Two) Luke Evans: Showtime! is a one hour special where the stage and screen star sings with special guests. Disney's Newsies (23 December 2022, 7.05am, BBC Two) The film of the live Broadway stage show starring Jeremy Jordan. Also, book tickets to the live stage show of Disney's Newsies at the Troubadour Theatre Wembley Park. 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(23 December 2022, 9.55am, BBC Two); the classic 1956 movie musical The King and I (23 December 2022, 1.35pm, BBC Two); 1954 classic White Christmas with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney (25 December 2022, 11.35am, BBC Two); Disney's Aladdin - the 2019 live-action movie including all of the songs from the live show, starring Will Smith (25 December 2022, 3.10pm, BBC One, also 26 December 2022, 6.15am, BBC Two); Tina Turner biopic What's Love Got to Do With It? starring Angela Bassett (26 December 2022, 12.35am, BBC Two) - also catch Tina - The Tina Turner Musical in the West End; Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins (26 December 2022, 2.25pm BBC One) - and it's also your last chance to catch Mary Poppins in the West End; a classic movie musicals double-bill on BBC Two with Hello Dolly! 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New Adventures announces Sleeping Beauty at Sadler’s Wells cast and tour dates
New Adventures announces Sleeping Beauty at Sadler’s Wells cast and tour dates
New Adventures has announced dates and cast for Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty at Sadler's Wells. The New Adventures dance company run by Matthew Bourne has announced details of its new UK tour of gothic romance Sleeping Beauty. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed production of Sleeping Beauty, the show will play Sadler's Wells in London for a seven week season over Christmas 2023, from 29 November 2022 to 15 January 2023. This year marks New Adventures‚Äô 20th consecutive Christmas Season at Sadler‚Äôs Wells. Ashley Shaw returns to the central role of ‚ÄėPrincess Aurora‚Äô along with Katrina Lyndon making her debut in the role. ‚ÄėLeo‚Äô will be played by Andrew Monaghan, with Stephen Murray and Rory Macleod both making their debuts in the role. The Dark Fairy, ‚ÄėCarabosse‚Äô and her son, ‚ÄėCaradoc‚Äô will feature debuts from Paris Fitzpatrick, Jackson Fisch and Ben Brown, and the vampiric Good Fairy, ‚ÄėCount Lilac‚Äô, will also be played by Paris Fitzpatrick along with Dominic North and Christopher Thomas, all making their debuts in this role. Completing the cast are several original cast members: Sophia Hurdley, Daisy May Kemp and Danny Reubens, along with those making their debuts in ‚ÄúSleeping Beauty‚ÄĚ: Benjamin Barlow Bazeley, Stephanie Billers, Isaac Peter Bowry, Kayla Collymore, Jade Copas, Cameron Flynn, Shoko Ito, Kurumi Kamayachi, James Lovell, Enrique Ngbokota and Bryony Wood. Also, two New Adventures Emerging Artist Apprentices, Hannah Kremer, currently in her third year at Rambert, and Perreira Franque currently in his last year at Performers College, will both make their professional debuts in the ballet. The tour promises to be the biggest large-scale dance tour of any UK dance company, visiting 16 venues across the UK, opening at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on 12 November 2022 to 19 November, before visiting The Lowry, Salford from 22 November to 26 November, then seven weeks during Christmas at Sadler‚Äôs Wells in London from 29 November to 15 January 2023. The 2023 tour then continues to Milton Keynes Theatre (17‚Äď21January), Theatre Royal, Nottingham (24-28 January), Wales Millennium Centre (31 January ‚Äď 4 February), Birmingham Hippodrome (7-11 February), New Victoria Theatre, Woking (14-18 February), The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (21-25 February), Bristol Hippodrome (28 February ‚Äď 4 March), Liverpool Empire (7-11 March), Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (14-18 March), Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (21-25 March), Norwich Theatre Royal (4-8 April), Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (11-15 April), and Newcastle Theatre Royal (18-29 April). With an unforgettable score by Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne working with his regular collaborators and New Adventures Associate Artists, Lez Brotherston (Set and Costumes), Paule Constable (Lighting) and Paul Groothuis (Sound Design). New Adventures has also announced its first Schools Tour that will accompany the national tour of Sleeping Beauty. More about Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty and Sadler's Wells London
Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty to return to Sadler’s Wells this Christmas
Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty to return to Sadler’s Wells this Christmas
New Adventures has announced that Matthew Bourne's acclaimed ballet Sleeping Beauty is to be revived in London this Christmas. Billed as a gothic romance, the ballet celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2022, and will play Sadler's Wells in London from 29 November 2022 to 15 January 2023. Ahead of London, the production will tour to the Theatre Royal Plymouth from 12 to 19 November 2022, and The Lowry, Salford from 22 to 26 November. Matthew Bourne told the press that: "Ten years ago, I fulfilled a long-held ambition to complete the trilogy of Tchaikovsky ballets following my Nutcracker! in 1992 and Swan Lake in 1995. It‚Äôs no secret that this particular ballet was a daunting task and one that I approached with trepidation. It did, however, turn out to be a richly rewarding experience with the entire creative team on glorious form and, in my opinion, it remains one of New Adventures greatest achievements. I look forward to new generations of dancers rising to the varied challenges of this much-loved production and bringing its magic back to audiences throughout the UK‚ÄĚ Sleeping Beauty is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, working with his regular collaborators and New Adventures Associate Artists Lez Brotherston (Set and Costumes), Paule Constable (Lighting) and Paul Groothuis(Sound Design). The production features Tchaikovsky's unforgettable score, alongside sumptuous sets and costumes and masterly storytelling.
Matthew Bourne‚Äôs Sleeping Beauty returns for UK Tour and Sadler’s Wells Christmas season.
Matthew Bourne‚Äôs Sleeping Beauty returns for UK Tour and Sadler’s Wells Christmas season.
Matthew Bourne‚Äôs Sleeping Beauty returns for UK Tour and Saddlers Wells 2015 Christmas season. New Adventures announced the first revival of Bourne‚Äôs reimagining of Tchaikovsky‚Äôs Sleeping Beauty since the 2012 premiere. The haunting new scenario is a gothic tale for all ages; the traditional tale of good vs. evil and rebirth is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story that even the passage of time itself cannot hinder. Sleeping Beauty completed Matthew Bourne‚Äôs trio of re-imagined Tchaikovsky ballet masterworks that started in 1992 with Nutcracker! and, most famously, in 1995, with the international hit Swan Lake. Matthew Bourne said today: ‚ÄúThe unprecedented success of New Adventures Sleeping Beauty took us all by surprise in 2012 becoming our most popular production, uniformly selling out on its first UK tour and reaching 98% box office for its eight week season at Sadler‚Äôs Wells before it had even opened! For me, it is one of New Adventures finest achievements and the piece of which I am personally most proud. It also celebrates 20 years of working with my brilliant colleague, Lez Brotherston, who was rightly nominated for an Olivier Award for his glorious work on this production. I‚Äôm delighted that New Adventures will be waking up the Princess Aurora after only three years ‚Äď 100 years seemed just too long to wait!‚ÄĚ The extensive national tour, forms part of a worldwide tour and opens at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth on 17 October 2015 with an eight week Christmas season at Sadler's Wells from 1 December 2015 to 24 January 2016. STORY Perrault‚Äôs timeless fairy tale, about a young girl cursed to sleep for one hundred years, was turned into a legendary ballet by Tchaikovsky and choreographer, Marius Petipa, in 1890. Bourne takes this date as his starting point, setting the Christening of Aurora, the story‚Äôs heroine, in the year of the ballet‚Äôs first performance; the height of the Fin-de-Siecle period when fairies, vampires and decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination. As Aurora grows into a young woman, we move forwards in time to the more rigid, uptight Edwardian era; a mythical golden age of long Summer afternoons, croquet on the lawn and new dance crazes. Years later, awakening from her century long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day; a world more mysterious than any Fairy story! Matthew Bourne‚Äôs new scenario introduced several characters not seen in Petipa‚Äôs famous Ballet or Grimm‚Äôs fairy tale. This imaginary kingdom is ruled over by King Benedict and Queen Eleanor. Princess Aurora‚Äôs romantic interest is not a Prince, but the royal gamekeeper, Leo. Representing the central forces of good and evil are Count Lilac (‚Äúthe King of the Fairies‚ÄĚ) and the Dark Fairy Carabosse. Bourne has also created the character of Caradoc, the sinister but charming son of Carabosse. Princess Aurora‚Äôs Fairy Godparents are characterised by their names - Ardor, Hibernia, Autumnus, Feral and Tantrum. BOOK Book tickets to Sleeping Beauty

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