News: Cast announced for Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

Wednesday 14 October 2015 by Carmel Smith

Sleeping Beauty' - Dominic North as Leo &  Ashley Shaw as Aurora. Photo: Hugo Glendinning.

New Adventures have announced the principal casting for the first revival of Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty at Sadler’s Wells, in an eight week season this winter (1 Dec – 24 January).

Ashley Shaw returns to the central role of Aurora in this first revival. She recently played Lana in the hit revival of The Car Man, and has also played Kim in Edward Scissorhands, Sugar in Nutcracker! and the title role in Cinderella. Cordelia Braithwaite made her debut with New Adventures in Swan Lake in 2013 and has since featured in this year’s revival of The Car Man, covering the role of Lana; she will make her debut as Aurora this season – her first Principal role with New Adventures.

The leading role of Leo will again be played by Dominic North and Chris Trenfield who co-created the role in 2012. Dominic has appeared in more New Adventures productions than any other dancer and was most recently seen as Angelo in The Car Man ( – seen also in the filmed version for SkyArts). His performance as Edward Scissorhands last Christmas earned him a nomination in the Outstanding Male Dancer category at the National Dance Awards. Chris also danced Luca in The Car Man and played the role in the SkyArts TV broadcast in August. One of New Adventures’ most versatile leading men, he has also been seen as Tony in Play Without Words, the title role in Nutcracker! and The Swan/Stranger in Bourne’s Swan Lake which he also danced at the Music Centre of Los Angeles 50th Anniversary Gala last year.

Count Lilac will be portrayed once again by one of New Adventures’ most accomplished performers Christopher Marney will dance Count Lilac – a role also covered by Liam Mower, one of the original stars of the West End hit Billy Elliot, who also danced the lead role in Edward Scissorhands last Christmas

The twin roles of Carabosse and Caradoc will be shared by Adam Maskell and Tom Clark. King Benedict will be played by Will Bozier, Glenn Graham and Chris Trenfield. Queen Eleanor by Pia Driver, Nicole Kabera and Katie Webb.

The Sleeping Beauty company will be completed by: Daniel Collins, Jack Jones, Mari Kamata, Phil King, Dominic Lamb, Dena Lague, Katy Lowenhoff, Katrina Lyndon, Kate Lyons, Andrew Monaghan, Leon Moran and Danny Reubens.

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Photo: Hugo Glendinning

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