AT the monthly meeting of Sedgefield Women's Institute on Wednesday, April 5, in the Parish Hall, the speaker will be J Fitzpatrick, talking about The Re-awaking of a Sleeping Princess
But then I caught the wedding scene where footballer Kyle donned a Prince Charming outfit and rode on horseback to wake the gloriously named Chardonnay, a sleeping princess
in a sugar pink gown - and I was hooked by the tongue-in-cheek wit of it.
As many will know, the gardens were 'lost' in the sense that they were abandoned because of the First World War, and - rather like the Thorn Rose story without the sleeping princess
- were left untended for most of the century.
Later that same year--just before the outbreak of World War II--the Vic-Wells Ballet made its first appearance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, giving The Sleeping Princess
at a gala in honor of the president of the French Republic.
A climb, a wartime bridge and a sleeping princess
await Frances Donovan and a team of friends from Lampeter University as they embark upon a history hunt in south-east Wales.
Bakst's delight in opulent detail and lavish invention gets full play in this sketch of one of the scores of costumes for Diaghilev's historic revival of The Sleeping Princess