Last Christmas, Daisy and I went to see The Nutcracker as a festive treat. It was the first time either of us had visited the Royal Opera House and the first time either of us had been to the ballet and we both loved every minute of it. Everything about the performance was absolutely incredible - the ballerinas, the set, the costumes - and it's something we hope to do every year from now on. Next year we'd also like to take Evie. We didn't this time because she had only just turned three and the show was almost two and a half hours long which I didn't think she'd sit through.
But she was gutted to miss out, especially when it was all her big sister talked about for weeks and weeks afterwards! Both girls love ballet and ended up spending the majority of the Christmas holidays watching clips on YouTube and trying to copy the ballerinas.
Then last month, the English National Ballet approached us and asked us if we'd like to go and see Sleeping Beauty - but not just any production - a reimagined version of the classic especially for children! Of course we were thrilled to be invited, Evie especially, so we made our way to the Peacock Theatre in London last week.
Aimed at children aged 3+, the show was shortened to just an hour in length and also had a narrator to help the younger members of the audience follow the story of Princess Aurora, who is cursed by the evil fairy Carabosse!
As you would expect, the set was incredible and the set changes were flawless; from the grand hall of the palace, to the dark and spooky woods - everything was beautiful. As were the costumes! And the dancers, who were all second year students from the English National Ballet School, were absolutely out of this world.
Sleeping Beauty really was a wonderful introduction to the ballet and it was utterly perfect for Evie (although Daisy loved it too - as did I).
We were given complimentary tickets in exchange for this honest review.