Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty – A Gothic Romance has overcome the 100 year dilemma.
If you have ever read the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty you will know that the story line is about a princess who is put under a sleep spell for 100 hundred years to be woken by a kiss from a prince.
Not exactly a romantic story, as, according to Matthew Bourne, there is no real love interest until the end.
Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty
But Matthew Bourne’s stunning ballet overcomes this slight problem by implementing some vampire action with an “element of True Blood”, he told BBC Breakfast this morning.
The contemporary choreographer also wanted to create a love interest before the princess is put under the sleeping spell, with the dilemma of how the prince can stay alive for over 100 years.
So, the obvious solution for the choreographer, is of course to use the ever-growing public’s fascination and interest in the vampire community, as Matthew Bourne said this morning, “we are not here to maintain tradition” and told the presenters on BBC that he likes to approach things in a different way adding his own spin to stories.
The story begins at Princess Aurora’s Christening and will take you on a journey into a haunting, mythical and mysterious world filled with fairies, princess and vampires, where the traditional tale of good v bad is turned on its head, creating a supernatural love story that travels across the decades.
This delightfully dark and mysterious ballet is suitable for all ages, with breathtaking scenery and “more costumes and quick changes than ever before” Matthew Bourne certainly delivers yet another spectacle!!!
Sleeping Beauty is playing at The Lowry until this weekend and will be touring throughout the UK until next May. For more information on Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty tickets go to http://www.britevents.com