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Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

Choreographer Matthew Bourne's haunting new scenario is a gothic tale for all ages. The traditional story of good vs evil and rebirth is turned upside down, creating a supernatural love story across the decades that even the passage of time itself cannot hinder. Perrault's timeless fairy tale about a young girl cursed to sleep for one hundred years has been turned into a supernatural tale of vampires, fairies and decadent gothic opulence. Yet in the end, young love finally triumphs over all as Aurora is rescued by her one true prince.

Release date:

1 hour, 25 minutes

Last on

Christmas Day 2013 17:55

Sleeping Beauty Rehearsals

Sleeping Beauty Rehearsals
Matthew speaks about the appeal of his work and we see snippets of the rehearsals from Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty including a section where the villain gets his comeuppance.

Watch the rehearsal footage

History of Matthew Bourne's work

History of Matthew Bourne's work
Watch BBC imagine...'s interview including performance footage from some of Matthew's previous work.

Go to the 'BBC imagine...' site

Music from the programme

The music is an original orchestration for the stage production by Terry Davies, Brett Morris and Matthew Bourne based on the original Sleeping Beauty score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. 

Composer: Brett Morris

Performer: The Sleeping Beauty Orchestra (Leader Gina McCormack)


Role Contributor
ChoreographerMatthew Bourne
DirectorRoss MacGibbon
ProducerFiona Morris

Matthew Bourne on his ballet: Sleeping Beauty

Matthew Bourne on his ballet Sleeping Beauty

“People do expect me to do something a bit different – I like to surprise people.”