The company’s acclaimed production will begin performances on the 16th January.

(c)ROH/ Bill Cooper

It has been confirmed that The Royal Ballet’s signature production of The Sleeping Beauty will return to the Royal Opera House for a season from January. First presented at Covent Garden in 1946 after the post-war re-opening of the Royal Opera House, this production featured Margot Fonteyn as Princess Aurora, Robert Helpmann as Prince Florimund and Beryl Gray, who died earlier this month aged 95, as the Lilac Fairy. 

Marius Petipa’s three-act ballet was placed back into the company’s repertory by Monica Mason and Christopher Newton in 2006, incorporating original designs by Oliver Messel and Tchaikovsky’s score. Featuring additional choreography by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon, the production features a number of incredible sequences, including the Rose Adage, celebrated as one of the most testing challenges for a classical dancer. 

With the production opening at the Royal Opera House on the 16th January, it has also been confirmed that the production will also be broadcast live to cinemas on Wednesday 24 May 2023 at 7:15pm, with Yasmine Naghdi as Princess Aurora and Matthew Ball as Prince Florimund. An encore broadcast will be shown on Sunday 28 May 2023 at 2pm, and other encores around the world to follow.

The casting for this revival is also set to include: Marianela Nuñez, ,Vadim Muntagirov, Anna Rose O’Sullivan, Steven McRae, Francesca Hayward, Alexander Campbell, Mayara Magri, and Cesar Corrales (casting depends on the date that you attend).

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