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The Sleeping Beauty

Opens: 03/03/2010 Closes: 24/04/2010 UK tour

This production of the enchanting fairytale is staged first by the Birmingham Royal Ballet, as part of the company's 20th anniversary, before touring around the country. Overseen by Sir Peter Wright and with the original score by Tchaikovsky in place, it's a certified treat. Don't sleep on this one.

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MusicOMH“Highly successful, mix of the innovative and traditional...” As Prince Florimund, there is a brilliant lightness of touch to Iain MacKay’s strident step, and as the pair dance their pas de deux there is a real sense that they are in tune with each others’ movements and feelings...
 
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Financial Times“Here is masterly stage-craft...” I was bowled over (as ever) by Marion Tait’s dramatic power as Carabosse, offering menace and gesture as knife-slash. But it was Prowse who gave the evening its real significance, its proper dignity...
 
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Evening Standard“The company performed well, although some of the corps could be better...” For clarity and balance, not to mention fine costumes and scenic grandeur, it’s hard to top Sir Peter Wright’s production...
 
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The Independent“The grandest performance comes from Marion Tait's magnificent Carabosse...” Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty is a very courtly fairytale, packed with demanding pure dance and formal storytelling. The dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet respond to both sides, with vivid mime and some easy, confident dancing..
 
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Guardian“Philip Prowse's designs are fit for any royal court...” Paul Murphy conducts Tchaikovsky briskly, and during the first half, several dancers can't keep up. The six fairies lack sufficient classical style to breathe with the majesty and sparkle of their music...
 
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The Telegraph“The dancers are perfectly showcased...” It’s 20 years since the Royal Ballet’s second company changed its name to Birmingham Royal Ballet and moved to the Midlands. And it couldn’t have chosen a better revival to mark the anniversary...
 
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Whatsonstage.com“A grand showcase of the company’s dancing talent...” It is certain that this production of The Sleeping Beauty is a display of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s principle talent and a testament to the traditional stylistics of ballet...
 
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The Stage“An intense transmission of silent gesture...” Fulfilment is very much the case with Peter Wright’s magnificent Sleeping Beauty which, with its golden opulence, high, bright dancing and general air of grandeur has no equal in the ballet world today...
 
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