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By season


Spring 2014
Summer 2014
Autumn 2014

By venue


Birmingham Hippodrome
Buxton Opera House
Durham Gala
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Sunderland Empire Theatre
The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
The Lighthouse, Poole
The Lowry, Salford
Theatre Royal Nottingham
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe

By show


Beauty and the Beast
Darkness and Light
IDFB 2014 Programme One
IDFB 2014 Programme Two
La Fille mal gardée
North tour spring 2014
Shadows of War
South tour spring 2014

The Sleeping Beauty story guide



PROLOGUE  |  ACT I  |  ACT II  |  ACT III


click here for a child friendly story guide.
(you will need Adobe Acrobat to view the printable story guide. If you do not have this installed please click here)

The Spell
It is Aurora's birthday and four princes have come to woo her. In order that Carabosse's curse will not come true, spindles and needles have been forbidden in the kingdom. During the festivities Princess Aurora meets an old woman working at a spindle; she has been sent by Carabosse. Aurora is fascinated with the spindle and when the old woman hands it to her she dances with it.Suddenly Aurora pricks her finger and falls to the ground. The King and Queen are distraught and the old woman is led away to prison. Triumphantly Carabosse appears - her curse has come true. As she vanishes the Lilac Fairy enters to fulfil her promise. She casts a spell of sleep over the whole court and commands a forest to grow and conceal the palace completely.

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