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19° & CLOUDY ON THURSDAY 2 APRIL IN BRISBANE
By Sarah Ward
February 05, 2020
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The Happy Prince

See Oscar Wilde's poignant and magical tale come to life.
By Sarah Ward
February 05, 2020
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After Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, the Australian Ballet is taking on another classic — and treating ballet lovers to another astonishing show. Teaming up again with renowned choreographer Graeme Murphy, the dance company is bringing Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince to life. Expect dazzling footwork, a specially commissioned score and a vivid spectacle, plus Wilde's playful and touching tale as you've never seen it before.

In fact, no one has yet seen this version of The Happy Prince, with the production making its world premiere when it hits QPAC's Lyric Theatre between Tuesday, February 25 and Saturday, February 29. An all-ages delight, the poignant story has been given a thoroughly modern — and Australian — interpretation, ensuring that it's as engaging today as it was when it was first published 132 years ago.

A timely reminder that kindness is one of the most important things in life, Wilde's tale follows a lonely swallow and a golden statue of a joyous prince. They cross paths as their hometown is blighted by sorrow — and the results are poetic, moving, and laced with both sharp humour and social commentary.

Alongside the stunning choreography, there'll be a score from renowned composer Christopher Gordon, plus masterful set and costume design by award-winning artist and director Kim Carpenter — both adding greatly to the production's already magical retelling of Wilde's classic tale.

And, if you're keen to see a weekday production (Tuesday–Friday), you can get a sweet deal on tickets. From midday on Wednesday, February 5 till midday on Monday, February 10, you can nab $88 tickets for A–D Reserve seating (unless already below the discount price).

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