Following on from the huge success of The Sleeping Beauty revival in 2005, and again in 2008 when it was seen by over 150,000 people, English National Ballet will once again perform MacMillan’s classic production at the Liverpool Empire from the 30th October to the 3rd November 2012.
Macmillan’s sumptuous production of The Sleeping Beauty opens as King Florestan and his Queen celebrate the christening of Princess Aurora. Their special guests are the fairy godmothers who bestow their magic gifts on the infant. Just as the Lilac Fairy is to present her gift, the Fairy Carabosse, whose invitation has been overlooked by the master of ceremonies, arrives and takes her revenge by pronouncing that one day Aurora will prick her finger on a needle and die. The Lilac Fairy intervenes with the promise that Aurora will not die but fall into a deep sleep from which will be awakened by the kiss of a Prince. Combining grand sets and costumes, Tchaikovsky’s luxurious score and displays of virtuous dancing, The Sleeping Beauty is a dazzling showcase of classical ballet.
English National Ballet will perform The Sleeping Beauty across the U.K. Alongside the performances, the company will also offer a series of events that include on-stage ballet workshops, choreographic master classes and workshops designed for the whole family.
Tickets for The English National Ballet are available from the Liverpool Empire Theatre Box office. Tickets are priced from £10.
Ian D. Hall