Screening just in time for school holidays, Frederick Ashton’s joyful ballet contains some of his most virtuoso choreography, and has been a firm favourite with audiences for over 50 years. Set in a storybook village and featuring an abundance of farmyard merriment, chickens, haystacks, and even a Shetland Pony, the pastoral comedy tells the story of Lise (Natalia Osipova), the Widow Simone’s (Philip Mosley) wayward daughter in love with Colas (Steven McRae), a young farmer, who contrives to outwit her mother’s plans for a more advantageous marriage. The sunny ballet is laced with good humour, and is a whirl of dancing chickens, grouchy guardians, a gloriously funny clog dance, a celebratory maypole dance and plenty of romance. This is wonderful entertainment for all ages. Read the reaction from European audiences who attended the live cinema broadcast here.
La Fille mal gardée
- Barry Wordsworth
- Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
- Natalia Osipova, Steven McRae
- Ferdinand Hérold, orchestrated by John Lanchbery
- Frederick Ashton
- Osbert Lancaster
- 2h30 incl interval
5 stars! A delight! Gorgeously led by star ballerina Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae, but the joy of Fille is that it’s a company triumphZoë Anderson, The Independent
Based at the Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet, led by Director Kevin O'Hare, is Britain’s largest ballet company. The Company has a wide-ranging repertory showcasing the great classical ballets, heritage works from Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton and Principal Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, as well as new works by the foremost choreographers of today.