Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Tue 5 – Sat 9 Feb

New Adventures’ 25th birthday culminates with the world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s latest re-imagining of a ballet classic.
Sleeping Beauty sees Bourne return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete the trio of ballet masterworks that started with Nutcracker! and the international smash hit, Swan Lake.Our story begins in 1890 at the christening of Princess Aurora, a time when fairies and vampires fed the gothic imagination, before moving forward in time to the modern day.Featuring designs by Olivier Award winners Lez Brotherston (Set and Costumes), Paule Constable (Lighting) with Sound Design by Paul Groothuis, which will take the audience into the heart of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score in specially recorded surround sound.Matthew Bourne’s haunting new production is a Gothic Romance for all ages; a supernatural love story that even the passage of time cannot hinder.

Sound Design by Paul Groothuis Lighting Design by Paule Constable Set and Costume Design by Lez Brotherston Directed and Choreographed by Matthew Bourne

WATCH… …Channel 4’s report on the brand new production HERE. …The BBC’s report HERE. …Matthew Bourne talk to the BBC about his wide appeal HERE.READ… **** Review from The Guardian HERE. …The Sunday Times’ interview with Matthew Bourne HERE.
****’ ‘WONDERFUL. Bourne’s clever gothic re-write has discovered something beguiling and true’ The Guardian‘A production with a beating heart and a twinkle in its eye’ Daily Telegraph‘A tightly choreographed delight’ Metro‘The great showman of British dance, with an instinctive understanding of what audiences want’ Daily Telegraph

‘Demolishing conventions, bestriding art forms from ballet to musical comedy to film, Bourne’s work isn’t just high-brow or low-brow. It’s all-brow’ Time Magazine






Review by Roger Clarke, BehindTheArras:

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…     “A novel feature was the use of two travelators, those moving pavements that do the walking for you at airports, moving in opposite directions at the rear of the stage, producing fascinating movement all helping to emphasise we are in a land of make believe and fairy stories.

As always long time collaborator Les Brotherston’s sets are just dazzling whether the opulent black and gold velvet draped palace, with columns holding up a ceiling detail stretching  right across the flies, to the elegant garden party with its stately home on the hill.

There is a wonderful star lit forest that has grown up in the palace grounds during the century of sleep or the neon, scene of a dreamlike sleepwalking scene, one of Bourne’s favourites, and, down-market, the tacky headquarters of the bad fairy lot – all beautifully lit by Paule Constable.”     …