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The Sleeping Beauty – fall under the spell of Joburg Ballet’s romantic classic

A classic fairytale of evil defeated and love triumphant, Joburg Ballet opens its 2019 season with a new production of The Sleeping Beauty, staged for the company by former British ballerina Maina Gielgud, from Friday 29 March to Sunday 7 April at Joburg Theatre. Set to Tchaikovsky’s sweeping romantic score, played live by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, this production is made possible by a grant of over R1 460 000 from the National Lotteries Commission.*

Joburg Ballet Sleeping Beauty
Ruan Galdino (Prince Florimund) & Monike Cristina (Princess Aurora) in The Sleeping Beauty PHOTO Lauge Sorensen

Through an evil spell cast by the wicked fairy Carabosse, Princess Aurora pricks her finger and falls into a deep sleep for 100 years, but it takes just one kiss from her Prince to guarantee a happy-ever-after ending for this bewitching ballet.
 The Sleeping Beauty returns to Joburg Ballet’s repertoire after an absence of eight years, produced for the company by Maina Gielgud. After a glittering career as a dancer in the UK and Europe, Gielgud became artistic director of The Australian Ballet followed by The Royal Danish Ballet. She is now a renowned producer, teacher and coach worldwide.
 Artistic director Iain MacDonald said: ‘It’s a tremendous privilege for Joburg Ballet to have Maina producing The Sleeping Beauty for us. I know from working with her that she brings an enormous amount of knowledge and expertise gained over a long performing and teaching career that will translate into a wonderful production for our dancers and an unmissable event for our audiences. We’re also thrilled to be joined once again by the JPO, after two highly successful seasons with us in 2018.’
The Sleeping Beauty opens at Joburg Theatre on Friday 29 March for a season of ten performances, ending on Sunday 7 April. The JPO will play for all performances except Tuesday 2 April at 11:00, which will be to a recorded score to facilitate filming of The Sleeping Beauty for release on DVD.
 Joburg Ballet offers its usual range of affordable ticket options for The Sleeping Beauty, including half price on opening night, two budget-priced morning matinees with all seats just R100 and discounts for pensioners and groups.


  • Friday 29 Mar at 19:30 – Half Price: R100, R138, R188, R205, R238
  • Saturday 30 March, Friday 5 April, Saturday 6 April at 19:30; Saturday 30 March, Sunday 31 March, Sat 6 April, Sun 7 April at 15:00 – Standard Prices: R200, R275, R375, R410, R475
  • Tuesday 9 October & Wednesday 10 October at 11:00 – All tickets R100 (Tuesday 9 Oct at 11:00 to recorded music)

Where: Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein (GPS -26.191316, 28.038519)
 Book now: At Joburg Theatre Box Office; or tel. 0861 670 670; or online at or
 Patrons can also book and pay via the Nedbank app and at selected Pick n Pay stores (full list at
 Keep up to date with the company on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter #SleepingBeauty or online at

*The Sleeping Beauty is made possible by a grant of R1 468 700.00 from the National Lotteries Commission.
Joburg Ballet thanks Kaya FM and Creative Feel, our media partners, for their support.
Joburg Ballet would like to acknowledge the support of the City of Johannesburg and all their Sponsors.

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