The Meridian Season of

The Sleeping Beauty

28 Oct - 8 Dec 2011

The Sleeping Beauty is the pinnacle of the classical ballet repertoire. The Royal New Zealand Ballet spent three years creating this magical version of a fairytale favourite in order to bring you our biggest production to date. Spectacular sets, sumptuous costume design and breathtaking classical choreography bring one of the most traditional ballets to life.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s soaring score, The Sleeping Beauty tells the timeless story of young Princess Aurora who falls prey to the evil fairy Carabosse – only a kiss from a handsome prince will break the spell and ensure her future happiness.

 The Sleeping Beauty features some of the most famous and demanding choreography and, to this day, remains one of the must-see ballets of all time. This spellbinding traditional masterpiece will take your breath away.

What are they saying

Enchanting, magical and entirely otherworldly, while simultaneously slick and sophisticated, the performance of The Sleeping Beauty by the Royal New Zealand Ballet is everything you could really hope for (and more) in such a classic work.

Rosemary Martin

Greg Horsman's choreography was sublime, new and interesting, and flowing with the intricacies of Tchaikovsky's classic score.

Stacey Kirk

Manawatu Standard



Greg Horsman (after Marius Petipa)


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Gary Harris


Jon Buswell

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