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A dancer performs in a magical wood

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty


Evenings: 7.30pm
Matinees: Thu 2pm, Sat 2.30pm
Audio Described perf with pre-show touch tour: Sat 22 Apr, 2.30pm
Running time: 2hrs 5mins (including interval)
This performance features flashing lights, strobe effects, smoke, haze and pyros
Contains recorded music

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty reawakens in 2022, celebrating 10 years since its premiere at Sadlers Wells, when it became the fastest selling production in the company’s history and comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal in 2023 as part of a nationwide tour.
Now established as a firm favourite in the New Adventures repertoire, the award-winning Sleeping Beauty has enchanted international audiences throughout the UK and across the globe.

Enter a wondrous world of magical fairies and vampires, where the timeless tale of good vs evil is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story that even the passage of time itself cannot hinder. Will Princess Aurora ever find her true love again?

With an unforgettable score by Tchaikovsky, sumptuous sets and costumes, evocative lighting and masterly storytelling, the beloved fairy tale is brought to life by the uniquely talented New Adventures company. Get ready to be transported in time from the halcyon days of the late Edwardian era through to the modern day in this dazzling gothic romance.

There is a free, BSL interpreted post show talk on Tue 18 Apr in the auditorium. Tickets are free but must be pre-booked.

This Sleeping Beauty – Visual Guide and Meet the Characters is designed for any audience members who would benefit from familiarising themselves with what to expect from Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty before they get to the theatre. It contains images and information about the characters, story and the production in general.

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‘Absolute perfection’

The Spectator



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