The Australian Ballet’s lavish and beautiful production of The Sleeping Beauty is coming to town — and Brisbane kids will get a chance to enjoy a shorter, faster-paced version of the show.

Artistic director David McAllister’s thrilling take on The Sleeping Beauty has already been enjoyed by over 65,000 people since its world premiere in 2015, with sell-out seasons in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

The ambitious production features sumptuous, sparkling sets and costumes, as well as iconic dance moments, like the notoriously difficult Rose Adage.

For McAllister, the show is the crowning achievement of his 14 years at the helm of The Australian Ballet.

The Sleeping Beauty is one of the great ballet works and Petipa’s choreography is a pure celebration of the classical art form. My production is a traditional retelling, but shaped to reflect the concerns and responsibilities of a modern-day monarchy,” he says.

“To reveal a deeper, more meaningful story, the ballet showcases the drama and double-cross of twists and turns, of characters we can relate to, and the sense of triumph when the human spirit prevails. Aurora is strong and independent and aware of her responsibilities as princess and future monarch. She connects with her prince and their hearts are united, their future entwined with love’s first kiss.”

The must-see production will arrive in town next month for its Brisbane season, complete with a one-night-only adaptation of the show for kids.

Once Upon A Time: The Sleeping Beauty is a magical experience that will make kids gasp, dream and laugh. The special one-hour version of the storybook ballet is narrated by one of the central characters and is perfect for children.

It’s fun, interactive, and will get everyone up out of their seats and twirling for joy.

Kids are encouraged to come dressed in their favourite ballet-inspired or fairytale outfits!

As an added bonus, the performance will be fully orchestrated by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Sleeping Beauty will be staged at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre from Friday 24 February to Saturday 4 March; Once Upon a Time: The Sleeping Beauty, the condensed version of the show for kids, will be staged on Wednesday 1 March from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. For more info and tickets, visit australianballet.com.au/step-inside.