The Royal Ballet's magical, much-loved landmark production celebrates its 70th anniversary. Back in 1946, as London was still emerging from the rubble of the Blitz, the Royal Ballet re-opened the Royal Opera House with its sumptuous production of The Sleeping Beauty. Marking a new era of ballet in London, this boasted the legendary Margot Fonteyn dancing the role of Aurora. Such was the ballet's enormous popular success that it was revived ten years ago by Monica Mason and Christopher Newton to mark the company's 75th birthday. Oliver Messel’s gorgeous original set designs were stunningly re-imagined by Peter Farmer in what has become a continuously evolving work whose bedrock is a perfect marriage of Tchaikovsky's passionate, intense music and Marius Petipa's stunning choreography. Seventy years on from that post-war triumph, this perennial favourite continues to enchant audiences young and old with its fairytale world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells.