Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty - A Gothic Fairytale is heading to London for Christmas 2012

Posted: 22nd May 2012
After an autumn run in Salford, Matthew Bourne's latest masterpiece of modern ballet will be at Sadler's Wells for Christmas and New Year - tickets available now

Two decades after Matthew Bourne began his hugely successful retelling of Tchaikovsky's ballet masterworks, he is finally completing the triumvirate with his version of Sleeping Beauty, 'A Gothic Fairy Tale'.

In 1992, Bourne gave modern ballet a refreshing new twist with his innovative reimagining of The Nutcracker for which Pyotr Tchaikovsky provided the much-loved score. Retaining the Russian's music and adding a cheeky exclamation mark which hinted at the updated content, Bourne breathed new life into a classic one hundred years after it was first performed.

In 1995, the British choreographer sprinkled the fairy dust over Swan Lake - a huge international success and an even bigger hit than Nutcracker!. Now Matthew Bourne has worked his magic on Sleeping Beauty, the third of Tchaikovsky's ballets and a work the composer considered to be among his best.

First staged as a ballet in 1890, by choreographer Marius Petipa, Bourne has taken the Victorian era as his starting point with the girl, Aurora, finally waking in the modern day. Combining a supernatural love story with the traditional theme of good-versus-evil, Bourne's latest work promises to be a modern, Gothic fairy tale for all ages.

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty visits Salford's Lowry theatre with seven shows from 13th November, including two matinee performances (on Thursday 15th and Saturday 17th). We have tickets available now, priced from £17.

After Salford, the production heads to Sadler's Wells from 6th December through to 26th January 2013. We have tickets for Sadler's Wells available now, priced from as little as £12, rising to more than £50 for the best weekend stalls. Matinee performances are generally Saturday and Sunday afternoons but there are more dotted throughout he Christmas break, so be sure to check when booking.

Stewart Darkin