English National Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty

Fall under the spell of Kenneth MacMillan’s fairy tale classic.

The malevolent Fairy Carabosse curses Princess Aurora to 100 years’ slumber, by a single prick of her finger on her 16th birthday. Doomed by fate, only a Prince’s sweet kiss can break the spell and awaken the sleeping beauty.

The bewitching and dark fairy-tale is brought to life in Kenneth MacMillan’s exquisite production; ‘a masterclass in classical style’ (The Guardian), with ‘some of the most ravishing steps in the 19th century repertory.’

Visually stunning with Peter Farmer’s sumptuous set, and elaborate costumes by Nicholas Georgiadas, this gorgeously classical production features Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

This revival coincided with the recent anniversary of MacMillan’s death, and follows the Company’s performances of MacMillan’s masterpiece Song of the Earth in the autumn/winter.

Image credit: Fernanda Oliveira in English National Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty © Laurent Liotardo.

'The best Beauty in Britain, with a warmth and confidence that make the tale’s magic sing out'

The Independent

'A masterpiece reawakened with love'

The Daily Telegraph

'One to savour'

The Times

'Merges high drama and cool classicism with ease'

Evening Standard

'A triumph… MacMillan’s timeless staging brings out the best in ENB'

The Arts Desk

'Worth waking up for… the company dances with confidence, elegance and a touch of humour'

The Stage

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Erina Takahashi and Aitor Arrieta

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7 Jun 2pm, 9 Jun 7.30pm, 13 Jun 7.30pm

Maria Alexandrova and Aaron Robison

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7 Jun 7.30pm, 12 Jun 7.30pm, 15 Jun 7.30pm

Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernandez

Princess Aurora and Prince Desirée

9 Jun 2.30pm, 14 Jun 7.30pm, 16 Jun 7.30pm

Shiori Kase and Ken Saruhashi

Princess Aurora and Prince Desirée

16 Jun 2.30pm