Film, Special Films

03/01/2020 - 03/01/2020

The Sleeping Beauty (The Royal Ballet)

Film Rating: NR

Running length: 3 hours 20 minutes + pre-show collaboration with New Ballet

Film Capture of Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House

 

Admission: $17

No additional fees

 

Please note: the previously announced Thursday 2/27 presentation has been canceled as we put Theater 2 under construction for new programming.

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The wicked fairy Carabosse is furious she wasn’t invited to Princess Aurora’s christening. She gives the baby a spindle, saying that one day the Princess will prick her finger on it and die. The Lilac Fairy makes her own christening gift a softening of Carabosse’s curse: Aurora will not die, but will fall into a deep sleep, which only a prince’s kiss will break.

 

The Sleeping Beauty holds a special place in The Royal Ballet’s repertory. It was the ballet with which the Company reopened the Royal Opera House in 1946 after World War II, its first production at its new home in Covent Garden. Margot Fonteyn danced the role of the beautiful Princess Aurora in the first performance, with Robert Helpmann as Prince Florimund. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original 1946 staging was revived by then Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason and Christopher Newton, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage.

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