Watching The Sleeping Beauty ballet is always a new experience

The story of course is that of the princess Aurora, who during her christening is cursed by the evil fairy Carabosse, and avoids certain death only through the intervention of the most powerful of the virtuous fairies, the Lilac Fairy. The fairies, their names, number, gifts and powers vary per production, as does the method with which Carabosse delivers her curse – the depiction of Carabosse is often one of the most interesting highlights. The ending is invariably a good one however, with Prince Désiré and the good fairy defeating the villain, waking the princess and restoring the sleeping kingdom to life.

The ballet will be based on Marius Petipa’s original choreography, and produced and staged by Sir Peter Wright of The Royal Ballet in London and the Birmingham Royal Ballet; Sir Peter will be celebrating his 90th birthday this year. Musical accompaniment comes courtesy of Tchaikovsky and the phenomenal Dutch Ballet Orchestra – true experts at merging music and dance – conducted by Boris Gruzin.