A classical ballet is set to take centre stage later this month when the highly acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet Company makes a very welcome return visit with its latest touring production of The Sleeping Beauty.
Based on the timeless fairy tale, set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, the production will draw on stunning choreography and beautiful costumes to portray the age-old struggle between good and evil.
Suitable for all ages, the ballet is set in the magical world of a fairy kingdom where the King and Queen are celebrating the birth of their daughter, Princess Aurora. The lilac fairy and her attendants have been invited to the christening but the wicked fairy, Carabosse has been forgotten. Angered by this, Carabosse casts a spell on Aurora that on her sixteenth birthday she will prick her finger and die. The lilac fairy changes the spell so that Aurora will not die but will fall asleep for 100 years until a handsome Prince will awaken her with a kiss.
“Many people are surprised that a full scale ballet can be hosted by our ‘pocket-sized’ theatre, which only holds an audience of around 200. But the stage is deceptively large, and is as deep as the auditorium itself, so there is actually plenty of room for all those pirouettes,” said Theatre Manager Clare Allen.
“Vienna Festival Ballet has performed here on numerous occasions and the company is a firm favourite with Richmond audiences who are always captivated from start to finish by the dazzling spectacle of music, dance, elaborate costumes and sumptuous sets. I am sure that this year’s production will be equally spellbinding and provide a wonderful evening of entertainment for the whole family,” she added.
There will be three performances of The Sleeping Beauty on Wednesday 30 May at 7.30pm and on Thursday 31 May at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets priced from £11 to £26 are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 via the online booking service on this website.