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.
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.
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.
Review the production
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