Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Sadler's Wells Theatre
Sunderland Empire Theatre
The Lowry, Salford
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Beauty and the Beast
Shadows of War
The King Dances / Carmina burana
The Sleeping Beauty story guide
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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.