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The Sleeping Beauty

Royal Ballet / London / Stage

One of the greatest ballet productions of all time. (With perhaps the best entrance of the fairies ever devised.) The year was 1946. The war was over and civilization’s reawakening found a perfect metaphor in this vision of The Sleeping Beauty. Frederick Ashton worked his magic on the staging, Margot Fonteyn blossomed as Aurora, and Oliver Messel’s costumes and scenery are immortal. While Messel’s original lace cuffs, due to postwar poverty, were made of paper doilies, these lace cuffs are real. —L.J.

Royal Ballet Bow St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD, UK
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