Film

Royal Ballet Live: The Sleeping Beauty

Certificate
12A
Running Time
180 mins

First staged amid the rubble of the Blitz when the Royal Opera House reopened in 1946, with Margot Fonteyn dancing the role of Aurora, the lavish Sleeping Beauty proved to be one of the Royal Ballet’s biggest hits.

It was revived more than a decade ago to mark the company’s 75th birthday, with Oliver Messel’s sets imaginatively reworked by Peter Farmer. At its heart remains Tchaikovsky’s music and Marius Petipa’s choreography, delivering all your beautiful princess, fairy godmother and magical spell needs. The ballet is broadcast live on January 16, with encore screenings to follow.

By robin askew, Saturday, Dec 28 2019

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