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She's Been Dreaming For A Hundred Years
Sleeping Beauty, saddler wells
Matthew Borne's 'Sleeping Beauty'

It is the christening of Princess Aurora and all the fairies of the land are invited. All but one. And it is pretty safe to say, she's pissed off. The wicked fairy curses Aurora to die on the eve of her sixteenth Birthday when she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel.

The Princess's only hope lies in a good fairy, who changes the curse ever so slightly. Aurora won't die. She'll fall asleep, and the only way she'll awaken is by the tender lips of her one true prince.

Relive the magic of this classic fairytale to the music of Tchaikovsky. The Russian composer wrote many symphonies, operas, and concertos, but he is probably best known for his ballet, Swan Lake.

There are two Sleeping Beauty ballets in production in London over December and January. The first is at the Sadler Well's Theatre. Matthew Borne's Sleeping Beauty - New Adventures is a gothic romance that will be brought to life with surround sound. Playing between the 4th December - 26th January, performances are at either 2.30pm or 7pm, with tickets costing between 12-60.

On the 9th December, there will be a talk by Matthew Borne discussing the ballet and his hopes for the future. The 45 minute talk starts at 5.15pm and costs 4.

During the course of the production's run, there will also be a Sleeping Beauty Pop-Up Dining Experience. You can book tickets for the 11th December, where you will be treated to a candlelight supper inspired by Borne's gothic theme.

The second production is between the 9th - 19th January at the London Coliseum. The ballet by Kenneth MacMillan is also inspired by Tchaikovsky masterpieces, which include 'Rose Adagio' and the music used for the Disney adaptation in 'Once Upon A Dream'.

Tickets are between 10-67 with shows at either 2.30pm or 7.30pm.
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Why? New interpretations of a classic fairy tale
When: 4th Dec - 26th Jan
Phone: Sadler's Wells - 0844 412 4300, London Coliseum - 44 (0) 20 7845 9300
Where: Sadler's Wells Theatre & The London Coliseum
Cost: 10-67
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