Imperial grandeur: a sumptuous Sleeping Beauty at The Royal Ballet

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty ****

The Royal Ballet, 21st December 2016

Based on Tchaikovsky’s most symphonic ballet score, The Sleeping Beauty is less a fairy tale and more the apex of Russian imperial style. It has a very special place nestled at the heart of The Royal Ballet’s repertoire, being the work that once upon a time reopened the Royal Opera House in 1946. It is the company’s signature work. In 2006 Dame Monica Mason and Christopher Newton revisited that historic post-war production, based on Oliver Messel’s original designs, with Petipa’s choreography supplemented by Ashton, Dowell and Wheeldon. It is the height of grandeur, brilliantly revived here as a sumptuous early Christmas gift.

Sarah Lamb (Aurora) and Vadim Muntagirov (Florimund)
© ROH | Bill CooperThe 

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