The tale of the sleeping beauty - sleeping under the spell of a wicked witch until her Prince Charming comes to wake her up.
Archive :: production:T0134268569, panto:S5948, venue:V144
The King and Queen and all the court are attending the christening of Princess Aurora. The three Royal Fairies and the Fairy Queen are bestowing special gifts on the princess when Carabosse, a wicked fairy, furious at not being invited, vents her anger by prophesying that on her eighteenth birthday, Aurora will die by pricking her finger on a spinning wheel. The Fairy Queen says she cannot change the prophesy but instead of death it will bring about a sleep for 100 years. The King orders that every spinning wheel in the land be destroyed, but one remains hidden by Carabosse. Eighteen years pass and Aurora is celebrating her coming of age with her friends, Barney the jester, her outrageous Nanny and the newly arrived Prince Michael. A number of suitors are hoping for Aurora's hand, but it is Prince Michael who is the lucky one. A present arrives for Aurora delivered by Carabosse in disguise. It is a spinning wheel and as the Princess has never seen one she delights in trying it out. Before she can be stopped she picks her finger and immediately falls asleep. The Fairy Queen uses her powers to put the whole court into a deep sleep for one hundred years and takes Prince Michael to fairyland where time stands still. After cutting down the bracken that has grown around the palace, Michael wakes Aurora from her slumbers with a kiss and together with Nanny Nora, Barney, King Septimus and Queen Sybil they set out across the petrified forest to destroy Carabosse once and for all.