Sleeping Beauty adaptation heads to Milton Keynes Theatre

The company of Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
The company of Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

A new adaptation of the ballet Sleeping Beauty, by Matthew Bourne, will arrive at Milton Keynes Theatre this week.

This production will complete the trio of Tchaikovsky ballets produced by Bourne.

This version introduces characters not seen in Marius Petipa’s famous ballet or the Grimm’s fairytale. In this production, in a break from tradition, Princess Aurora’s romantic interest is not a prince, but a gamekeeper called Leo.

This fairy-tale about a young girl cursed to sleep for 100 years was turned into a ballet by Tchaikovsky and Petipa in 1890. Bourne takes this date as his starting point, setting the christening of Aurora in the year of the ballet’s first performance.

The role of Aurora will be taken on by Hannah Cassallo and Ashley Shaw, while the leading role of Leo will be played by Dominic North and Christopher Trenfield.

Dominic was nominated ‘outstanding male dancer’ at the National Ballet Awards for his performance as Edward Scissorhands.

Sleeping Beauty will run from Tuesday, January 29 until Saturday, February 2. Performances are at 7.30pm, with matinees on the Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets range in price from £15 to £39.50. To book, ring 0844 8717652.