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Autumn 2015
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Spring 2016
Summer 2016

By venue

Belfast Grand Opera House
Birmingham Hippodrome
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Sadler's Wells, London
Sunderland Empire
The Lowry, Salford
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

By show

Ashton Double bill
Company Class
First Steps: a child's Swan Lake
Free pre-performance talks
Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare Triple bill
Swan Lake
The Nutcracker
The Taming of the Shrew
Variations Triple bill (Birmingham)
Variations Triple bill (tour)

The Sleeping Beauty story guide


click here for a child friendly story guide.
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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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