National ballet back at Milton Keynes theatre

The English National Ballet returns to Milton Keynes Theatre to perform The Sleeping Beauty this week.

English National Ballet will once again perform MacMillan’s classic production at the theatre for one week only from Wednesday to Saturday, October 20.

MacMillan’s production opens as King Florestan and his Queen celebrate the christening of Princess Aurora.

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Their special guests are the fairy godmothers who bestow their magic gifts on the infant.

Just as the Lilac Fairy is to present her gift, the Fairy Carabosse, whose invitation has been overlooked by the master of ceremonies, arrives and takes her revenge by pronouncing that one day Aurora will prick her finger on a needle and die.

The Lilac Fairy intervenes with the promise that Aurora will not die but fall into a deep sleep from which she will be awakened after 100 years by the kiss of a prince.

Combining grand sets and costumes, Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score and displays of virtuosic dancing, The Sleeping Beauty is a showcase of classical ballet.

Performances are at 7.30pm each evening, with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday.

Tickets cost £10 to £40. To book call 0844 871 7652 or visit