Matthew Bourne’s dazzling production of Sleeping Beauty has won the hearts of thousands and smashed box office records across the UK and the USA since its premiere.
Now people can watch it at the Wycombe Swan Theatre in High Wycombe from Tuesday, May 24 to Saturday, May 28.
New Adventures has revived this new classic in the repertoire to give audiences one more chance to see the final piece in the trio of Tchaikovsky masterpieces.
If you loved Nutcracker! and the famous Swan Lake with a menacing all-male ensemble, this production will hopefully become another firm favourite.
With sumptuous sets and costumes, evocative lighting and masterly storytelling you will be transported in time from the halcyon days of the late Edwardian era through to the modern day.
In a world full of magic, fairies, vampires, love and romance, all bought to life by our uniquely talented dancers - will Princess Aurora ever find her true love again?
Playing the role of the Princess Aurora is Cordelia Braithwaite.
“The show’s going really well,” she said. “We’ve nearly done the UK tour. It’s gone so quickly and then we’re going on an international tour.”
Cordelia is enjoying bringing such a well-known princess to life.
She said: “I’m absolutely loving it. It’s a fun role to do. I play quite a flamboyant young princess. She’s care free and not a very traditional girl in the royal family. She’s always running around bare foot and she wears a petticoat and bodice rather than a dress.
“She falls in loved with the garden boy. All the men in the kingdom are trying to court her, but she’s not interested in them.
“I really enjoy playing her. I think I put a lot of my own care free attitude and wildness into the character.”
Cordelia said this production is nothing like the famous Disney film of the same name.
“It’s definitely not like the Disney film,” she said. “It has a very dark twist and it’s very exciting or everyone who hasn’t seen this type of work. It’s interesting to see the audience’s reactions at certain bits in the show, everyone gets a buzz from it.”
Cordelia started dancing when she was seven, and it was when she saw Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake that she knew she wanted to be a ballet dancer.
She explained: “I started dancing when I was seven at a local dance school. We did tap, ballet, modern and jazz. I went to college and did a few competitions. I saw Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake when I was 14, I didn’t know that much about being a dancer and I hadn’t thought about it as a career, I wanted to be a vet! But I absolutely loved it and I was capsulated and memorised and I really wanted to work for the company. I loved how quirky it was.
“After college I landed my first job with the company in Swan Lake.”
This is Cordelia’s third contact with the company, after being in Swank Lake and The Carmen, but this is her first principal role.
“It’s wonderful,” she said. “I get to travel the world doing something I love. It’s something I worked very hard for and the reward is dancing on stage each night with a professional company.
“I hope to be dancing for as long as possible, I love it so much.”
Cordelia said she still cannot believe she has landed her dream job.
She added: “I still can’t quite believe it. I’m really enjoying my time working for the company.”
Cordelia is urging people to come along to the show.
She said: “If you haven’t seen any Matthew Bourne work then I’d say definitely try it out. It’s very different. However, it is a live theatre performance so if you want to get totally lost and live in a fantasy story then go and see Matthew Bourne, it’s really great.”
Tickets cost £17.50 to £41.50.
To book call 01494 512 000 or visit www.wycombeswan.co.uk.