A gorgeous picture book by David McAllister and Gabriela Tylesova, based on their production, is dancing into stores.

When David McAllister was 11, he saw the English National Ballet perform Rudolph Nureyev’s production of The Sleeping Beautyin Perth, and was spellbound by how lavish, beautiful and magical it was. Decades later, when he decided to direct a new Sleeping Beautyfor The Australian Ballet (where he is Artistic Director), he knew that he wanted to create something equally opulent and enlisted Gabriela Tylesova to work with him as designer.

Ako Kondo and Chengwu Guo in David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beautyfor The Australian Ballet. Photograph © Jeff Busby

The resulting production, which premiered in December 2015, has captivated audiences wherever it has gone, playing sold-out seasons in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. In July 2018, Adelaide will finally get to see it. Meanwhile, to coincide with this month’s return Sydney season, Little Hare (an imprint of Hardie Grant Egmont) is publishing an exquisite picture book by McAllister and Tylesova inspired by their staging, in stores from November 1.