Beat the January blues and head to one of the hundreds of cinemas across the UK screening a live broadcast of The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty on Thursday 16 January 2020 at 7.15pm. For an afternoon treat, there will be an encore screening on Sunday 19 January 2020 at 2pm.
Lauren Cuthbertson as Princess Aurora and artists of The Royal Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty. (c) ROH Tristram Kenton, 2014
The Royal Ballet’s production of The Sleeping-Beauty, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, also features sections containing choreography by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. Cinema audiences will be treated to a fantastic cast featuring Principal Lauren Cuthbertson as Princess Aurora and Principal Federico Bonelli as Prince Florimund. The Sleeping Beauty features some of ballet’s most celebrated numbers including the iconic Rose Adage, the Garland Waltz and the Vision Pas de deux. The ballet’s beautiful music is by Tchaikovsky.
The Sleeping Beauty is based on the fairytale of the same name. The wicked fairy Carabosse is furious when she isn’t invited to the christening of Princess Aurora (Cuthbertson) and to get retribution, Carabosse pronounces a curse: when Aurora grows up she will prick her finger on a spindle and die. The Lilac Fairy alters the curse, so that rather than dying Aurora will fall into a deep sleep from which she can be awakened by a prince. On Aurora’s 16th birthday, she does indeed prick her finger, and along with the entire court falls into an enchanted sleep. The Lilac Fairy leads Prince Florimund (Bonelli) to awaken Aurora with a kiss. Aurora and the court regain consciousness, and celebrate the marriage of Princess Aurora and Prince Florimund.
The Royal Opera House cinema broadcasts offer audiences the best seat in the house, and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. Audience members are never far from a performance at the Royal Opera House, with most people in the UK based within thirty miles of a cinema screening. As well as being shown in the UK, The Sleeping Beauty will be broadcast to more than 1,000 cinemas in 53 countries around the world.
The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping-Beauty will be broadcast live in cinemas on Thursday 16 January at 7.15pm with an encore screening on Sunday 19 January at 2pm. Share on social using #ROHbeauty.
The next live cinema performance will be The Royal Opera’s La bohème on Wednesday 29 January 2020. For more information and to buy tickets: https://www.roh.org.uk/cinemas