The Sleeping Beauty


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11 – 18 March
Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse


'Pure magic.' 
The Age 
'Not a moment goes by that doesn’t captivate the senses.'  
The Herald Sun 
'An utter delight'
Limelight Magazine
'Ingenious theatre.'
The Australian
'An amazing night at the opera.'
Stage Whispers
'Like a Tim Burton movie on stage – superb entertainment for all ages.' 
Simon Parris: Man in Chair ★★★★½'Pure magic.' 

11, 14, 15, 17 March 7:30pm

18 March 1:00pm

Running time is approximatelty 1 hour and 20 minutes with no interval

'Pure magic.'
The Age 

'Not a moment goes by that doesn’t captivate the senses.'  
Herald Sun 

'An utter delight.'
Limelight Magazine

Read the programme
Watch the production trailer
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Sneak preview: the puppets!
Download the education resource

About The Sleeping Beauty

The transformative power of love takes centre stage as a cursed Princess awakens from an eternal sleep in a retelling of Perrault’s classic with fairies, fantasy and a cast of puppets. Italian composer Ottorino Respighi’s 1922 reimagining of The Sleeping Beauty is given new life in an unforgettable production.

This opera was created specifically for one of Italy’s leading puppetry theatres in the early 20th century. Respighi’s production was a smash-hit and toured the world. The ageless appeal of this charming chamber opera will be awakened by the bold imagination of director Nancy Black (Master Peter’s Puppet Show, Four Saints in Three Acts) and a production team headed by puppet designer Joe Blanck (Walking with Dinosaurs, King Kong), who co-set designs with Ben Cobham (Ghost Wife, Bluebottle Designs). The Sleeping Beauty will feature an ensemble of exciting operatic talent lending voice to spectacularly realised puppets, great and small.

This production will travel to Hobart in association with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Dates of the tour to be advised.

Production Information


Ottorino Respighi


Gian Bistolfi

Creative Team

Conductor Phoebe Briggs
Director Nancy Black
Puppet Design & Construction Joe Blanck
Set Design Bluebottle, Joe Blanck
Costume Design Nancy Black
Lighting Design Phillip Lethlean
Choreographic Consultant Michelle Heaven


The Nightingale Zoe Drummond
The Cuckoo Shakira Tsindos
The Frog/The Spindle Kirilie Blythman
The Ambassador Timothy Newton
The Blue Fairy Elizabeth Barrow
The Jester/Mister Dollar Timothy Reynolds
The Green Fairy Juel Riggall
The King Raphael Wong
The Queen/The Cat Sally Wilson
The Old Lady/The Duchess Liane Keegan
The Princess Jacqueline Porter
A Woodcutter Stephen Marsh
The Prince Carlos E. Bárcenas
The Villager Tomas Dalton


Christian Bagin
Vincent Crowley
Nadine Dimitrievitch
Hamish Fletcher
Kaira Hachefa
Michelle Heaven
Neal Holmes


Orchestra Victoria

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Running time is approximatelty 1 hour and 20 minutes with no interval

Sleeping Beauty
Friday 17 March @ 7:30pm (Tactile Tour @ 6:40pm)
Saturday 18 March @ 1:00pm (Tactile Tour @ 12:10pm)

Audio Described Performances & Tactile Tours
17 March, 7:30pm (Tactile Tour at 6:40pm)
18 March, 1:00pm (Tactile Tour at 12:00pm)

Patrons’ Behind the Scenes 9 March
Patrons’ Pre-Show Drinks 14 March