Birmingham Royal Ballet presents Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée at Birmingham Hippodrome

February 3, 2011

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Birmingham Royal Ballet presents  Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée at Birmingham Hippodrome  

dancer in arabesque

La Fille mal gardée Elisha Willis as Lise and Michael O'Hare as Widow Simone photo Bill Cooper

Performances: Wednesday 2 – Saturday 5 March 2011

Tickets are available online via the Birmingham Hippodrome Ticket Office or by phone on 0844 338 5000.

Birmingham Royal Ballet is delighted to return to Birmingham Hippodrome with Frederick Ashton’s charming production of La Fille mal gardée.  

dancers in clogs

La Fille mal gardée Michael O'Hare as Widow Simone with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet photo Bill Cooper

A firm favourite for all the family, La Fille mal gardée promises to delight audiences from Wednesday 2 – Saturday 5 March 2011 at its home theatre Birmingham Hippodrome.

First performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet on 4 July 1991, La Fille mal gardée, created by Ashton, one of the greatest choreographers of the twentieth century, enjoyed its world premiere in 1960 at the Royal Opera House performed by The Royal Ballet.

two dancers on stage

La Fille mal gardée Elisha Willis as Lise and Iain Mackay as Colas photo Bill Cooper

Set in the countryside in eighteenth century France, the ballet tells the story of Lise, a young maiden who must choose between the handsome, penniless farmer Colas and the wealthy simpleton Alain who her meddling mother wishes her to marry.  Audiences will delight in the witty choreography and host of colourful characters in this joyous celebration of love and life that is perfect for the entire family.  La Fille mal gardée (roughly translated in English as The Wayward Daughter) is a two-act comic ballet featuring a maypole dance, a clog-dancing widow, dancing chickens and a live pony on stage.

dancer in arabesque

La Fille mal gardée Iain Mackay as Colas photo Bill Cooper

Utilising the original score by Ferdinand Hérold, freely adapted and arranged by John Lanchbery, performed by members of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and enchanting Ashton choreography for a cast of over 40.  Designs are by Osbert Lancaster and lighting is by Peter Teigen.

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