Forty Winks

Forty Winks

Matthew Bourne’s modern-day Sleeping Beauty is a masterpiece not to be missed

Award winning choreographer Matthew Bourne first reimagined the classic gothic fairytale Sleeping Beauty back in 2012, transforming it into a captivating modern day production. This winter sees its return to the stage at Sadler’s Well Theatre for an eight-week stint.

Bourne embellishes on the original storyline of a young girl cursed to 100 years slumber with a supernatural element, using vampire characters that allude to the original gothic theme. Caradoc - the titular villainous role – is presented as an evil fairy-come-vampire, while the traditionally sweet Aurora is introduced as a rebellious and feisty character.

The opulent set and costume designs come courtesy of Lez Brotherston, with atmospheric lighting designed by Paule Constable while sound from Paul Groothuis ensures Tchaikovsky’s impressive score fills the theatre in surround sound. One for the bucket list.

  • Words: Rebecca Parker

  • Photography: Raw PR