Sleeping Beauty has a few twists in the tale

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty starring Ashley Shaw as Aurora and Adam Maskell as Caradoc.

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty starring Ashley Shaw as Aurora and Adam Maskell as Caradoc.

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The show is Sleeping Beauty - but not as you know it.

In Matthew Bourne’s version, the imaginary kingdom is ruled over by King Benedict and Queen Eleanor. PrincessAurora’s romantic interest is not a Prince, but the royal gamekeeper.

Representing the forces of good and evil are Count Lilac (the King of the Fairies) and the Dark Fairy Carabosse. A new character, Caradoc, is the sinister but charming son of Carabosse.

The show runs at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from April 19 to 23.