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Sleeping Beauty

Her Majesty’s Theatre
17 Jan 2013 - 19 Jan 2013

A magical musical fairytale


The birth of Princess Aurora is being celebrated in the magical mountain kingdom of Valeriana.

An uninvited evil fairy places a terrible curse on the young child. On her 16th birthday the princess will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and sleep for a hundred years. Sound like a traditional story? Not if Ticketty-Boo the Fairy Godmother, Darcy the Jester and the Jollys have anything to say about it!

From the wit and imagination of Richard Gill and the team that brought you Cinderella comes a brand new pantomime that is 60 minutes of pure colour, comedy, song and dance. After a sell-out season in 2012, Victorian Opera invites young and young at heart to shout out, clap and sing along, and discover the magic of musical storytelling.

Composer Richard Gill


Her Majesty’s Theatre

Thursday 17 January 11.30am, 2.30pm
Friday 18 January 2.30pm, 6.30pm
Saturday 19 January 11.30am, 2.30pm

Performed in English. 1 hour with no interval.

Suitable for children aged 6 and up

Tactile Tour Saturday 19 January, 1.20pm
Audio Described Performance Saturday 19 January, 2.30pm

Cast & Crew

Conductor Richard Gill
Director/Choreographer Derek Taylor
Set and Costume Designer Julie Nelson
Choreographer of Ballet Sequences Amber Hobson
Lighting Designer Richard Vabre


Ticketty-Boo Suzanne Johnston
Darcy the Jester Jonathan Bode
Queen Clementine Olivia Cranwell
King Florestan James Payne
Baganella/Spindella Dimity Shepherd
Princess Aurora Lotte Betts-Dean
Prince Waldheim Daniel Todd
Wally Jolly, Colly Jolly, Molly Jolly and Polly Jolly Jack Feehan, Mark Morabito, Laura O’Sullivan, Camille Wai

Notes from our fans

"Had a delightful time with my 4 and 7 year-old fairies. Thank you!" - Airlie Anderson-Weir

"What a wonderful production. My 4 and 2 year-old girls simply loved Sleeping Beauty today, as did their mother. Thank you and congratulations to all involved." - Sally Hughes 

"What a huge highlight of the holidays. Congratulations Vic Opera and all her cast on a beautiful production." - Little Melbourne

Victorian Opera's 2013 production of Sleeping Beauty. Photo: Jeff Busby


“★★★★ Such exposure to opera and theatre provides children with an introduction to the art forms that will hopefully lead them to a whole new future of live entertainment.”

“Energetic entertainment”

Peter Burch, The Australian

“... a great introduction to opera for young audiences.”