'It's very exciting and very dark...'
A MATTHEW Bourne premiere is an occasion eagerly anticipated by dance critics and audiences.
The success of Nutcracker! and the worldwide hit Swan Lake – with that male chorus – means the arrival of the final part of the Tchaikovsky trilogy has created a buzz on both sides of the Atlantic.
Dancer Liam Mower promises Sleeping Beauty, A Gothic Romance, will not disappoint.
Liam, who plays two roles – Tantrum, one of the six fairies, and their King – says the work stays true to the great fairy tale while bringing it into the 21st century.
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"The show moves through 100 years, the time the princess spends sleeping, with different styles in costume and dancing, right up to now.
"It is very exciting and very dark. There is quite a vampiric feel to the characters.
"For a dancer it so interesting because it uses classical moves but others that are very different and contemporary.
"And of course with all of Matthew's work there is a lot of acting to help tell the story, which I really enjoy."
The New Adventures 25th anniversary celebration production features three of Bourne's regular collaborators, the Tony and Olivier award-winning designers, Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound).
The show runs from Monday to Saturday next week (box office: 01752 267222 or online at www.theatreroyal.com/beauty