Experience The Royal Ballet’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ in your cinema

The Royal Ballet in cinemas

Princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells will be brought to life in a new Royal Ballet performance of The Sleeping Beauty, screening in Australian cinemas on April 7-12.

The Royal Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty

Artists of The Royal Ballet in ‘The Sleeping Beauty.’ Photo by Johan Persson.

Captured live in HD from London’s Covent Garden, this timeless ballet with its sumptuous scenery, dazzling choreography and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, will prove a captivating experience and will entertain Australian audiences of all ages during the Easter school holidays.

Brilliant pointe work, sharply accented spinning turns, soaring leaps, and the famous Rose Adagio are performed by the fiercely talented cast of principal dancers, with Marianela Nuñez as Princess Aurora, Vadim Muntagirov as Prince Florimund and Claire Calvert as the Lilac Fairy.

Ballerina Marianela Nuñez

Marianela Nuñez as Princess Aurora. Photo by Johan Persson.

This landmark production commemorates 70 years since its first performance in 1946, re-opening the Royal Opera House following World War II. Mounted meticulously from the original score, accompanied by luxurious stage designs, and starring the beguiling Margot Fonteyn as Princess Aurora, The Sleeping Beauty quickly became The Royal Ballet’s signature work and helped to establish the company’s international reputation.

The cinema screening includes the full performance captured live onstage at Covent Garden, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews and features. It is hosted by former Royal Ballet Principal Darcey Bussell, who has herself danced the role of Princess Aurora.

The Sleeping Beauty from The Royal Opera House screens as part of the 2016-17 Palace Opera and Ballet Cinema Season, which also features opera and ballet performances from Opéra National de Paris and Milan’s Teatro all Scala. For full programme information, visit

The Royal Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty

Marianela Nuñez as Princess Aurora. Photo by Johan Persson.

Participating venues include: Palace Balwyn and Brighton Bay & Cinema Como in Melbourne; Palace Verona and Norton Street in Sydney; Palace Nova Eastend in Adelaide; Palace Barracks in Brisbane; Palace Electric in Canberra; Cinema Paradiso in Perth; and State Cinema in Hobart.

To enter to win a double pass to see The Sleeping Beauty in a cinema near you, email with the answer to this question: What former Royal Ballet Principal Dancer will host this live cinema screening from Covent Garden? Title your email entry “The Sleeping Beauty Giveaway” and include your full name, your date of birth and your postal address. This competition opens Thursday, February 16, 2017, and closes Monday, March 20, 2017.

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