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La Fille mal gardée live in cinemas on 16 May 2012

Ashton's quintessentially English ballet relayed live to cinemas across the world.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

12 May 2012 at 3.38pm | 19 Comments

Audiences around the world will be treated to a visit to the Suffolk countryside on 16 May as Frederick Ashton's La Fille mal gardée is broadcast live to cinemas around the world.

The story of Lise, her suitor Colas, and Lise's larger-than-life mother who tries to marry her off to the simpleton son of a rich neighbour, La Fille mal gardée is full of comedy and wonderful choreography. Despite its distinctly French name, the work is viewed by many as the quintessential English ballet in The Royal Ballet's repertory.

The acclaimed pairing of Steven McRae and Roberta Marquez star in this production which is perfect for audiences of all ages.

Ahead of the screening, get a taster for the ballet with our collection of production photographs and watch the trailer:

Find your nearest screening and buy tickets on our cinema website. Screenings are updated and added on a daily basis so please check back regularly to see if your local cinema is showing this production.

If you're a Twitter user and are going to one of the screenings, follow the conversation and share your thoughts using the hashtag #ROHfille. We'll be showing a selection of your comments on screen to cinemas around the world.

The relay of La Fille mal gardée is the final cinema screening of the 2011/12 season. Cinema relays begin again in 23 October when the 2012/13 cinema season opens with a live broadcast of Swan Lake.

View next season's full programme.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

12 May 2012 at 3.38pm

This article has been categorised Ballet, Screening and tagged Ballet, cinema, Frederick Ashton, La Fille mal gardee, Production

This article has 19 comments

  1. Looking forward to watching the live performanve of La Fille Mal Gardee tonight at the Odeon Colchester.

  2. Ivis Bohlen responded on 16 May 2012 at 12:34pm Reply

    I'll be watching this afternoon in Durham, North Carolina. Can't wait!

  3. Jeffrey Parker responded on 16 May 2012 at 3:15pm Reply

    I cannot wait to see it in Bury St Edmunds tonight. My favorite ballet of all time.

  4. Christine Payne responded on 16 May 2012 at 10:39pm Reply

    Have just returned from a wonderful evening watching La Fille via the live link at the Cinema in Plymouth (UK). Congratulations to all involved.

  5. lynne Costall responded on 16 May 2012 at 10:40pm Reply

    Saw La Fille Mal Gardee at Shrewsbury Cineworld tonight it was wonderful, breathtaking, the clog dance was superb. Fantastic, thank you ROH.

  6. Pat Ellison responded on 16 May 2012 at 11:03pm Reply

    Bravo! What a terrific performance - my friends and I were absolutely delighted to be in the audience and witness such dancing, great fun, stamina and enjoyment on stage.
    The expressions on the faces of the cast said it all.
    Loved it.

  7. Mischa responded on 16 May 2012 at 11:09pm Reply

    Deeply disappointed with the production values. Compared to the recent Romeo and Juliet live which was superb, this Fille was very badly lit (dark areas upstage in each act), camera direction way below the high standard set by Ross MacGibbon. And the sound was beyond belief. We just got one mono track on the left hand side of the screen, low in volume and thin in tone. We did send a message to the projectionist in the interval, but nothing changed. Was this the fault of Cineworld Cheltenham or a problem at the Roh? In any event an unsatisfactory experience. And then the end credits got chopped so I didn't even find out whom to blame!

    • Isabelle Fauchet responded on 17 May 2012 at 8:43pm

      It sounds as though you experienced some audio and sound issues at a local level. We will report this to the Cineworld headquarters and come back to you with feedback. Please note that the sound and picture quality were absolutely fine on the night and we put a lot of effort and dedication to delivering this to the highest standard.

      Isabelle Fauchet
      Head of Cinema, Royal Opera House

  8. J Gingell responded on 17 May 2012 at 12:11am Reply

    We went to the Vue cinema at the O2 centre in Finchley Road, London tonight to see Fille - but nothing was shown: we were told that there were satellite problems, and it was not possible to make the screening. We were sent back home! What happened?

    • Isabelle Fauchet responded on 17 May 2012 at 8:45pm

      Sorry to hear about this incident. We have contacted Vue about this and will come back shortly with some answers.

      Head of Cinema, Royal Opera House

  9. Elizabeth responded on 17 May 2012 at 8:28am Reply

    Absolutely FANTASTIC a perfect joy
    first time iv seen ballet at the cimema but it was my chance to see this wonderful ballet ( which i have waited for for 20 years
    thank you xxxxx

  10. Richard Taylor responded on 17 May 2012 at 8:44am Reply

    Gutted..the live link dropped out repeatedly at Odeon, Milton Keynes so left early because we were missing minutes at a time(no the first time this has happened with Live feeds). What we saw was fantastic but the MK experience was like watching i-player via our Wii on a dodgy wi-fi network. Hope everybody watching globally had a better experience..We'll try a different cinema next time. Early night and the Alan Sugar on the Apprentice no substitute...Odeon MK...You're fired! : (

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 17 May 2012 at 6:35pm

      So sorry to hear about the difficulties you experienced. We are investigating and will report back.

    • Isabelle Fauchet responded on 17 May 2012 at 8:44pm

      This is unfortunately the second time that the Milton Keynes site has failed on the live night (it also happened with our Romeo and Juliet live in March). As this is a local issue, we have taken this up with the Odeon and they have now sent a full report, which we are looking into in more detail.

      After the failure in March, Odeon sent in an engineer the next day. It was thought the fault was the result of a dish misalignment so it was reset and further tests were successful. The Milton Keynes site had an ensuing successful run of our Rigoletto live title on 17 April. However, there seems to be another issue now. We will hold back on any future relays at this site until we know what the problem is. We confirm the relay was very successful worldwide, so apologies to all of you who experienced these problems.

      Head of Cinema, Royal Opera House

  11. cedomir bogoszavliev responded on 17 May 2012 at 2:51pm Reply

    i was yesterday in cinema and i have seenLA FILLE MAL GARDEE:it was FANTASTIC

    i was also live in ROH,to see operas,but that ballet was wunderful.THANKS A LOT


  12. Lynne Sillence responded on 18 May 2012 at 12:25pm Reply

    Thank you a million times for this opportunity to see La Fille, beautifully danced by Roberta and Steven. I was mesmirized from start to finish. Left the cinema on top of the world. More live performances PLEASE

  13. Pauline responded on 18 May 2012 at 2:26pm Reply

    La Fille Mal Gardee was just fabulous, the dancers, costumes were beautiful. This was my first view of a ballet at the cinema in Redditch Worcs. However I have just one complaint for the majority of the performance we couldnt see below the knee!!!! Very sad when ballet has alot to do with the movement of the the feet :( But i still enjoyed it and would definately go again a wonderful opportunity. Thank you. xx

  14. Jooley responded on 19 May 2012 at 10:18pm Reply

    We left early (just after the interval) from Cineworld in Sheffield as there was constant stuttering, really offputting lag (we saw at least ten legs drag across the screen during any fast movements!) of the picture and it was very dark (difficult to see anything during the storm section!). We complained but it actually got worse in the second half and sound was also affected. Really diasppointing as other ballets have been fabulous, but reluctant to book any further events if they are like this. Shame as McRae (what we saw of him) was fabulous!
    Credit to Cineworld - we got our money back, but a real shame overall!

  15. Idit responded on 20 May 2012 at 9:51am Reply

    I was watching the balle t" La fille mal gardee "on the 16th May, in Tel-Aviv Israel , can you say if i was seeing it live television? i have the feeling that it was the blue ray version of the live show, beacuse the time was not the same as it was reported on you web sight ad the conductor name was not as was written in the program.what time the ballet started in ROH?

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