Reviewed by Linzie Wardle
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty was at The Lowry theatre in Manchester. The Lowry is easy to find as it’s well signposted and isn’t too far from Manchester city centre, those without transport can use one of many local methods of transport such as bus, taxi, metro link and those who drive, The Lowry has a multi-storey car park which is linked to a shopping outlet and wining/dining areas and is within a short walking distance of the theatre.
The Lowry accommodates people with disability and there are always members of staff on hand to help. Upon arrival we were greeted by friendly box office staff who handed both myself, my son and my mother our tickets along with a programme about the show. The staff then showed us which way we needed to go for the Lyric theatre. There are many refreshment stands and also a bar and restaurant. Once seated we had a fantastic view of the stage and the seats where comfy.
We’ve never previously watched a ballet performance before, so to witness it live with a full orchestra, beautiful costumes, stage decor and extremely talented team of dancers was just mind-blowing, a well recommended show which is directed by David Bintley of the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
The story begins with the christening of Princess Aurora. The King and Queen invited all the fairies to the christening, although they regrettably forgot to invite the evil fairy Carabosse. Little did they know that the evil fairy would turn up at the christening and put a spell on Princess Aurora by stating “she will prick her finger on a spindle and die”. Luckily for Princess Aurora the Lilac Fairy is also at her christening and is able to act quickly and change the spell so that Princess Aurora won’t die instead she will sleep for 100 years until a handsome prince wakes Princess Aurora with a kiss.
Eventually Lilac Fairy takes a Prince to the palace where Princess Aurora is sleeping, and he gently kisses her to wake her. From that moment Princess Aurora and the Prince become a couple and soon marry inviting many guests to celebrate their wedding including those from other different magical fairy tales including Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf. Princess Aurora and the Prince then lived happily ever after.
Thank you for a magical night.
For other shows at The Lowry in Manchester visit www.thelowry.com or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000