Opulence, enchantment and romance in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty

Natasha Oughtred as Princess Aurora, Iain Mackay as Prince Florimund and Jenna Roberts as the Lilac Fairy with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet. Photo by Bill Cooper

Sir Peter Wright’s dazzling production of The Sleeping Beauty returns from January to March 2018

The Sleeping Beauty is one of the grandest ballets in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s repertory, with a classical score by Tchaikovsky and original choreography by Marius Petipa. The opulent world of Imperial Russian ballet, with its marvellous mixture of virtuoso dance, fairy tale characters and dazzling spectacle, has delighted audiences for over a hundred years. Sir Peter Wright’s 1984 production for Birmingham Royal Ballet, with designs by Philip Prowse, is acclaimed as one of the best in the world.

Alongside the full length production, Birmingham Royal Ballet will also present its first ever relaxed performance, with a specially adapted version of The Sleeping Beauty to be performed at Birmingham Hippodrome on Tuesday 20 February. This exciting new initiative is open to everyone, but intended to cater for anyone who may find going to the theatre challenging. In particular, BRB’s relaxed performance is designed for people with an Autistic Spectrum condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder. Changes to the production will include a shorter running time, changes to lighting and sound levels to avoid sensory overload, and a flexible seating plan with plenty of room to move around during the performance.