Cinemas in Merseyside are going to be broadcasting the production of The Sleeping Beauty, that the Royal Ballet will be performing, live. The production is going to be streamed directly from London’s Royal Opera House and is expected to be a huge event. The Sleeping Beauty was first staged in Russia in the late 19th century and is set to the music of Tchaikovsky.
The production was revived five years ago to celebrate the 75th birthday of the production and the design of it was brought up to date by Peter Farmer. Anthony Dowell was responsible for additional choreography and was assisted by Christopher Wheeldon and Frederick Ashton.
In this production, Laura Cuthbertson is starring as Princess Aurora who was put to sleep for 100 years after accidentally pricking her finger with a needle, Prince Florimun is played by Surgei Polunin. The music by Tchaikovsky is being recorded in 5.1 surround sound and broadcast into cinemas in the same way. The set of the production is very dramatic and involves a great many changes, from shadowy ruins to grand palaces and the entire production is being shot in high definition.
The sales director of Vue Entertainment is Mark De Quervain and he has recently commented, “The way this production is being broadcast can bring ballet to a wider audience and even those who don’t normally go to the ballet will have an opportunity to see this performance live.”