Published On: Mon, Mar 24th, 2014

‘The Sleeping Beauty’ review: This grand classic looks great, Steven McRae, Sarah Lamb dazzle

Arguably the grandest of classical ballets, The Sleeping Beauty is known for the multitude of costumes, which is only exceeded by its numerous steps.

steven mcrae sarah Lamb the sleeping beauty ROHNo one is better served that The Royal Opera House to adapt and dazzle audiences with Sarah Lamb as Princess Aurora/Princess Florine and Steven McRae as Prince Florimund.

The ROH live cinema and Fanthom entertainment delivered a wonderfully close look at the performers with some wide views of the corp moving with perfect execution. Audiences would have enjoyed even more these angles, but Lamb and McRae are truly magical together.

The elegant set truly dazzled and even the youngest of performers exhibited incredible skills and detailed precision.

Kristen McNally was “perfectly evil” as Carabosse while Laura McCulloch’s Lilac Fairy wasn’t as gentle or soft as audiences might have expected. Sadly there were a few shots were the performers feet were cutoff and the lighting wasn’t bright enough to keep the details in the background crisp and vivid.

The live broadcast also delivered a great history as well for viewers unfamiliar with this classic’s rich resume and cultural importance.

Overall The Sleeping Beauty by ROH (via Fathom) receives 3 1/2 out 5 stars

There are a ton of upcoming events through Fathom so be sure to check out the calendar HERE

Check out reviews of these other great productions:

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photos courtesy of ROH/Fathom

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