Following the Mayflower Theatre's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as part of their January pantomime season, another Disney princess will be up on stage at the Mayflower but this production is going to be a little different. Far from the comedy of pantomime, The Sleeping Beauty is an example of the extravagance of the famous Imperial Russian ballet performed by the Birmingham Royal Ballet. The Sleeping Beauty will be performed at the Mayflower Theatre from January 31st till February 3rd.
The ballet is based around the traditional story of Sleeping Beauty. A young princess is cursed by an evil fairy with a prophecy delivered at her christening. On the her sixteenth birthday the princess will prick her finger on a spindle and die. Despite the king banning spindles from the whole kingdom, Aurora is still struck on her birthday and instead of dying falls into a deep sleep. The good fairy who has protected her from the brunt of the spell casts the entire kingdom under a magical slumber that will only be lifted when Aurora is awoken by the kiss of a prince.
Ballet might be considered dainty by some, but it's an opinion that's quickly struck from your mind after watching a ballet like the Sleeping Beauty. Whilst some of the dancers might be slight, the strength and power of all of the dancers is undeniable. The ballet features Tchaikovsky's musical and the original choreography by Marius Petipa - the same pair that are responsible for one of the world's best-recognised ballets, the Nutcracker.
There will be three matinee and three evening performances. The ballet may be popular with children, but it is also quite long. If you're coming with children the matinee performances are recommended. You can buy tickets online at the Mayflower Theatre website. Tickets start at £12 an prices vary depending on your seats. On the evening performance on Tuesday 2nd of February you can also attend the Birmingham Royal Ballet pre-performance talk, which will give you some more insight into the production.
After Southampton, the show continues to Birmingham, Salford, Cardiff and Plymouth.
The Sleeping Beauty Tour Dates 31 Jan - 3 Feb, Southampton - The Mayflower Theatre 13 -24 Feb, Birmingham - The Birmingham Hippodrome 28 Feb - 3 March, Salford - The Lowrey 14 - 17 March, Cardiff - Wales Millennium Centre 21 - 24 March, Plymouth - Theatre Royal Plymouth