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La Fille mal gardée to be screened in cinemas on 5 August

All you need to know about Ashton's classic ballet, including rehearsal footage, interviews and production photography.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

31 July 2013 at 2.09pm | 4 Comments

Frederick Ashton’s much-loved summer ballet La Fille mal gardée will be broadcast in cinemas across the UK on 5 August.

The production, which was originally screened live in May 2012, starred Royal Ballet Principals Steven McRae and Roberta Marquez.

La Fille mal gardée is a real family ballet,’ says Steven. ‘Although it’s technically challenging, there’s comedy and it’s very light-hearted. It’s a real Company piece and you have a lot of fun on stage.’

A quintessentially English ballet

La Fille mal gardée was the final full-length staged ballet by Frederick Ashton. Inspired by his love of the Suffolk countryside, Ashton created a romantic comedy that was emphatically English, despite its Gallic title. Find out more about Frederick Ashton.

Take a look behind the scenes at La Fille mal gardée and hear from dancers past and present about what makes it so popular

The story and the choreography

The ballet follows country beauty Lise who falls in love with young farmer Colas, much to the distaste of her mother Simone who has other ideas for her daughter’s future. A charming story that showcases virtuosic choreography, including everything from ribbons to clogs to maypoles, it was a huge success on its premiere in 1960 and has become a true classic.

Watch dancers in rehearsals

Review the production

Read audience reactions to the live cinema relay last year, and add your own review.

La Fille mal gardée is the final production of the Summer Cinema Season 2013. A small number of cinemas will also be showing screenings on 7, 22, 26 and 28 August. Find out where you can see it.

The 2013/14 Live Cinema Season begins with The Royal Opera’s Turandot on 17 September 2013.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

31 July 2013 at 2.09pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged broadcast, by Frederick Ashton, cinema screening, La Fille mal gardee, Summer Cinema Season, Summer Season

This article has 4 comments

  1. Chandra responded on 31 July 2013 at 10:14pm Reply

    I saw this production last year in the US. It was truly joyful! Will there be a DVD release?

  2. Mrs J Wilkes responded on 27 August 2013 at 1:35pm Reply

    I saw this ballet at the cinema and would like the DVD but I see that the cast is different. Will there be a DVD out later with the cast in the film that we saw(Philip Moseley, Roberta Marquez, Steven McRae and Gary Avis in the lead roles?
    Looking forward to hearing from you
    Yours J. Wilkes

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 27 August 2013 at 2:39pm

      Dear Mrs Wilkes

      There are no plans to release another version of La Fille mal gardee on DVD at this time.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

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