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Australian Ballet brings back Sleeping Beauty for children

Artists of The Australian Ballet in Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty. Photo Jeff Busby

The Australian Ballet’s Storytime Ballet is back with a production of The Sleeping Beauty. The company’s first mainstage production created especially for children aged three and up, Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty will run in Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland from December 2017 to January 2018.

“After the success of the first season of Storytime Ballet in 2015, it’s wonderful to be able to keep bringing productions to our youngest ballet fans,” said Artistic Director David McAllister. “The Sleeping Beauty is one of the world’s most-loved story ballets and it has been fantastic to create this immersive experience for families. It’s the perfect introduction to ballet for children, as they follow this classic story of a sleeping princess and a prince searching for his true love.”

The Australian Ballet's Storytime Ballet series, designed to suit children under the age of eleven, has been greeted with critical acclaim and many sold-out performances. Both children and parents have responded warmly to this program, which was made with children in mind at every step of the creative process.

This live and interactive production, with performance duration of just under an hour, features a narrator to guide the audience through the ballet. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their favourite ballet-inspired outfits and can interact with the performers on stage.

Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty brings to the stage this classical ballet featuring Princess Aurora, Prince Désiré, a sparkling crowd of fairies, and storybook characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday 11 September. For more information, visit

Tour dates:

Arts Centre Melbourne, 13 - 17 December; Sydney Opera House, 20 - 29 December; The Concourse Chatswood, 3 - 6 January; The Events Centre Caloundra, 10 - 11 January The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 13 January; Brisbane Powerhouse, 16 - 20 January; Bunjil Place Narre Warren, 24 - 25 January.

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