The Sleeping Beauty

23 October — 31 October, Lyric Theatre, QPAC

The fabled story of the sleeping princess is one of ballet’s most loved classics.

At her 16th birthday party, Princess Aurora pricks her finger on a rose thorn and succumbs to a spell cast upon her at her christening by the wicked fairy Carabosse. The Wisdom Fairy intervenes and causes an enchanted sleep to descend upon the palace. After one hundred years, Aurora is woken from her slumber by a Prince’s gentle kiss, and joyous celebrations follow.
Set to Tchaikovsky’s famous music, The Sleeping Beauty is a classical masterpiece. With majestic sets and Renaissance-inspired costumes, Greg Horsman’s production honours tradition and sparkles with spectacular choreography and a cast of fanciful characters. 
The Sleeping Beauty is a must-see for all who love the art of classical ballet.

Thanks to funding from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, The Sleeping Beauty will feature performances by internationally-acclaimed ballet stars Alina Cojocaru and Victor Estevez. 

Queensland Ballet congratulates QPAC on its 30th Anniversary and is delighted to be co-presenting this production with them.

From the Choreographer

Greg Horsman

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Guest Stars

Alina Cojocaru and Victor Estevez

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The Story

The Sleeping Beauty premièred in January, 1890 at the Maryinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. 

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The Music

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was approached by the Director of the Imperial Theatres in St Petersburg, Ivan Vsevolozhsky in 1888.

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The History

In 1888, Ivan Vsevolozhsky, then Director of the Imperial Theatres in St Petersburg, wrote a scenario based on Charles Perrault’s fairy tale, La Belle au Bois Dormant

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  • Friday 23 October — 7:30pm Fri 23 Oct — 7:30pm
    Limited Seats
  • Saturday 24 October — 1:30pm Sat 24 Oct — 1:30pm
    Sold Out


  • Saturday 24 October — 7:30pm Sat 24 Oct — 7:30pm
    Sold Out
  • Tuesday 27 October — 6:30pm Tue 27 Oct — 6:30pm
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  • Wednesday 28 October — 7:30pm Wed 28 Oct — 7:30pm
  • Thursday 29 October — 7:30pm Thu 29 Oct — 7:30pm
  • Friday 30 October — 7:30pm Fri 30 Oct — 7:30pm
    Limited Seats
  • Saturday 31 October — 1:30pm Sat 31 Oct — 1:30pm
    Sold Out
  • Saturday 31 October — 7:30pm Sat 31 Oct — 7:30pm
    Sold Out


Adult $130
Concession $115
30 and Under $85
Child $75

A Reserve
Adult $115
Concession $95
30 and Under $75
Child $65
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $310

B Reserve
Adult $95
Concession $80
30 and Under $60
Child $50
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $240

C Reserve
Adult $80
Concession $70
30 and Under $55
Child $45
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $240

D Reserve
All tickets $35

An additional transaction fee of $6.20 applies.

Discounts apply for season ticket packages. Create your own ballet package by choosing just two or more ballets.


Lyric Theatre, QPAC

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Groups 8+ $95
A Reserve
One ticket free per group of eight

Schools $25 per student
One teacher free per group of ten


After selected performances at QPAC, a panel of creative artists and dancers discusses aspects of the ballet you’ve just seen.



Before performances of Peter Pan, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, storytellers will read these classic tales to children, so they enter the theatre full of expectation and excitement.



Patrons at the matinee performance on Saturday 31 October are welcome to watch our dancers take their daily warm-up class on stage from 11.30am.


Informative, keepsake programs are distributed free-of-charge at all performances.

Click here to read The Sleeping Beauty program.





Friday 23 October 7.30pm Alina Cojocaru & Chi Cao
Saturday 24 October 7.30pm Alina Cojocaru & Chi Cao
Tuesday 27 October 6.30pm Alina Cojocaru & Chi Cao
Wednesday 28 October 7.30pm Victor Estevez
Friday 30 October 7.30pm Victor Estevez



Introduce your students to dance through our range of dance workshops for all ages and abilities. Our EdSquad dancers come to your school to deliver safe, educative and inspiring dance experiences.

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Choreographer Greg Horsman, after Marius Petipa
Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
With Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Nigel Gaynor
Set and Costume Designer Gary Harris
Lighting Designer Jon Buswell

Presented in association with QPAC.



2 hours and 20 minutes (including one 20 minute interval)

BackstageView MoreBehind the Scenes of The Sleeping Beauty
Highlights -The Sleeping Beauty
The Sleeping Beauty - Yanela Pinera and Hao Bin
The Sleeping Beauty - Alina Cojocaru & Chi Cao