As a result of a medical issue, Graeme Murphy, choreographer for The Australian Ballet’s scheduled season of The Happy Prince, will be unable to create his production at this time.
In place of The Happy Prince season in Melbourne, The Australian Ballet will present their highly acclaimed blockbuster production of Cinderella, by internationally renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, from 19 to 28 March at Arts Centre Melbourne.
We’re very pleased that we’re able to present this landmark production for Melbourne audiences after its sold-out season in Sydney last year.
The Australian Ballet and Arts Centre Melbourne wish Graeme Murphy a speedy recovery. The Australian Ballet hopes to welcome him back to their studios later this year to complete The Happy Prince for its world-premiere season in 2020.
Existing Happy Prince ticket buyers have been automatically assigned tickets in the new season of Cinderella. If you’d like to discuss exchanges or refunds, please contact Arts Centre Melbourne Box Office at 1300 182 183 or contact us online.
We thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing you in the theatre soon.
Oscar Wilde’s lyrical story of a statue who gives his all to help humanity is full of poetic beauty, heartbreak, sly humour and sharp social commentary. In 2019, Graeme Murphy, who created The Australian Ballet’s acclaimed modern versions of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, turns his flair for transformative storytelling to Wilde’s moving tale. The possibilities for dance in Wilde’s characters – the golden Prince, his loyal friend the Swallow, the seductive Reed, the pitiful Match Girl – will be fabulously realised in Murphy’s distinctive choreographic style.
This all-Australian world premiere will feature a specially commissioned score from the renowned composer Christopher Gordon, who composed the scores for the films Mao’s Last Dancer and Master and Commander, alongside the work of award-winning artist and director Kim Carpenter, who adapted the story and created the colourful design for the ballet.
Playful and poignant, The Happy Prince will capture children’s imagination with its vivid spectacle and adults’ attention with its timely message: a kind heart shines brighter than gold.