Bourne completes trilogy

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

Legendary choreographer Matthew Bourne’s latest re-imagining of a ballet classic can be seen at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from April 2-6.

The New Adventures’ production of The Sleeping Beauty marks the company’s 25th birthday and is the world premiere tour for this latest Bourne masterwork.

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty sees the choreographer return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete the trio of ballet masterworks that started with Nutcracker! and the international smash hit, Swan Lake.

The story of Sleeping Beauty begins in 1890 at the christening of Princess Aurora, a time when fairies and vampires fed the gothic imagination, before moving forward in time to the modern day.

Featuring designs by Olivier Award winners Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) with sound design by Paul Groothuis, which will take the audience into the heart of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score in specially recorded surround sound.

Matthew Bourne’s haunting new production is a gothic romance for all ages, a supernatural love story that even the passage of time cannot hinder.

It was back in 1992 that Matthew Bourne started his Tchaikovsky trilogy with Nutcracker!, famously followed, in 1995, with the international hit Swan Lake.

Perrault’s timeless fairy tale is about a young girl cursed to sleep for 100 years.

Matthew Bourne’s haunting new scenario sees the traditional tale of good vs. evil turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story, across the decades.

Performances take place nightly from 7,30pm with an additional 2pm show on the Thursday and a Saturday matinee from 2.30pm.

Tickets cost £15-£37.50 and they are available from the box office 0n 0115 9895555 or online at