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Be charmed by Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty in Glasgow this November


New Adventures are delighted to announce the first revival of Matthew Bourne’s triumphant staging of Tchaikovsky’s “SLEEPING BEAUTY”.

Matthew Bourne’s haunting new scenario is a gothic tale for all ages; the traditional tale of good vs. evil and rebirth is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story that even the passage of time itself cannot hinder.

The extensive national tour opens at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth on Saturday 17 October 2015, coming to the Theatre Royal, Glasgow from Tuesday 17 until Saturday 21 November 2015, before an eight week Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells from Tuesday 1 December 2015 to Saturday 24 January 2016. Full casting will be announced in May. Tour schedule below with further dates to be announced shortly. “SLEEPING BEAUTY” also plans to tour to Italy, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and Singapore in 2016.

Matthew Bourne’s “SLEEPING BEAUTY” premiered in 2012, and was the fastest selling production in the company’s history. “SLEEPING BEAUTY” was created for New Adventures 25th birthday celebrations and completed Matthew Bourne’s trio of re-imagined Tchaikovsky ballet masterworks that started in 1992 with Nutcracker! and, most famously, in 1995, with the international hit Swan Lake. 

Perrault’s timeless fairy tale, about a young girl cursed to sleep for one hundred years, was turned into a legendary ballet by Tchaikovsky and choreographer, Marius Petipa, in 1890. Bourne takes this date as his starting point, setting the Christening of Aurora, the story’s heroine, in the year of the ballet’s first performance; the height of the Fin-de-Siecle period when fairies, vampires and decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination. As Aurora grows into a young woman, we move forwards in time to the more rigid, uptight Edwardian era; a mythical golden age of long Summer afternoons, croquet on the lawn and new dance crazes. Years later, awakening from her century long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day; a world more mysterious than any Fairy story!

Matthew Bourne’s new scenario introduced several characters not seen in Petipa’s famous Ballet or Grimm’s fairy tale. This imaginary kingdom is ruled over by King Benedict and Queen Eleanor. Princess Aurora’s romantic interest is not a Prince, but the royal gamekeeper, Leo. Representing the central forces of good and evil are Count Lilac(“the King of the Fairies”) and the Dark Fairy Carabosse. Bourne has also created the character of Caradoc, the sinister but charming son of Carabosse. Princess Aurora’s Fairy Godparents are characterised by their names -Ardor, Hibernia, Autumnus, Feral and Tantrum.


“SLEEPING BEAUTY”  is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne working again with three of his regular collaborators and New Adventures Associate Artists; Lez Brotherston (Set and Costumes), Paule Constable (Lighting) and Paul Groothuis (Sound Design).

For tickets and information visit www.atgtickets.com/Glasgow

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