Preview: Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from March 14

Preview: Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from March 14

Enter a wondrous world of magical fairies and vampires when Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty comes to Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 March 2023.

The timeless tale of good versus 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.

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty celebrates 10 years since its premiere at Sadlers Wells, when it became the fastest selling production in the company’s history.

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.

The stellar cast includes several original cast members as well as a young generation of performers new to this beloved production.

Ashley Shaw returns to the iconic role of Princess Aurora, along with Katrina Lyndon making her debut in the role. Aurora’s devoted Leo will be played by Andrew Monaghan, with Stephen Murray and Rory Macleod both making their debuts in the role.

The Dark Fairy, Carabosse, and her son, Caradoc feature debuts from Paris Fitzpatrick, Jackson Fisch and Ben Brown whilst the vampiric Good Fairy, Count Lilac, will also be played by Paris Fitzpatrick along with Dominic North and Christopher Thomas.

Completing the cast are several original cast members: Sophia Hurdley, Daisy May Kemp and Danny Reubens – along with those making their debuts: Benjamin Barlow Bazeley, Stephanie Billers, Isaac Peter Bowry, Kayla Collymore, Jade Copas, Megan Ferguson, Cameron Flynn, Shoko Ito, Kurumi Kamayachi, James Lovell, Enrique Ngbokota and Bryony Wood.

This year, two New Adventures Emerging Artist Apprentices, Hannah Kremer, currently in her third year at Rambert, and Perreira Franque currently in his last year at Performers College, will both make their professional debuts.

Tickets for Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance (14 – 18 March) are on sale at or 02380 711811.

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