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La Fille mal gardée to be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 5 May 2015

Frederick Ashton's Royal Ballet production stars Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae.

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

28 April 2015 at 4.58pm | 7 Comments

Frederick Ashton's Royal Ballet production of La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter) will be relayed live to cinemas across the world at 7.15pm BST on 5 May 2015.

The relay will be presented by former Royal Ballet Principal and current 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Darcey Bussell.

For a specially selected range of films, clips, pictures and features, buy the La Fille mal gardée Digital Programme.

The story

La Fille mal gardée tells the story of Lise, the only daughter of Simone, a widow and owner of a prosperous farm. Lise loves Colas, a young farmer, but her mother has far more ambitious plans, and is determined that Lise should marry Alain, the son of a wealthy landowner.

The ballet is the oldest in the repertory, Ashton's production beingjust  one of hundreds of versions of the ballet staged since the original had its premiere in 1789. Find out more about the history of La Fille mal gardée.

The production

In La Fille mal gardée, Frederick Ashton created an unmistakably English romantic comedy that evokes his beloved Suffolk. The production is laced with good humour and features a pastoral whirl of dancing chickens, grouchy guardians and a halfwit suitor. There's even a live pony on-stage!
Find out how Ashton evokes a sense of place through movement

Ashton was meticulous about his preparations for creating new productions. Hear Ballet Master Christopher Carr's memories into what it was like being in the rehearsal studio with Ashton.

The choreography

The ballet contains some of Ashton's most virtuoso choreography with the youthful passion of Lise and Colas expressed in a series of energetic pas de deux. Chief among them is the pas de ruban (Ribbon Dance) a charming pas de deux that pays homage to the ballet's two-hundred-year history.

Find out more about our dance highlight, the Pas de ruban.

Other choreographic highlights include elements of national folk dancing, from a Lancashire clog dance to maypole dancing.


The production opened on 16 April 2015. Read audience reactions to the opening night and add your own review.

After the relay, we will publish a roundup of audience tweets, so share your thoughts with the hashtag #ROHfille

The production is generously supported by Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, the Paul Ferguson Memorial Fund, Sarah and Lloyd Dorfman, Celia Blakey and Marina Hobson OBE and Peter Lloyd.

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

28 April 2015 at 4.58pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Frederick Ashton, cinema, La Fille mal gardee, live, movies, Natalia Osipova, Production, relay, Steven McRae

This article has 7 comments

  1. elizabeth dible responded on 5 May 2015 at 2:00pm Reply

    Sooooooooooooooooooo looking forward to seeing this tonight Just a happy Ballet to watch on a cold blustery night in Edinburgh !!

  2. Eva Boutellier responded on 5 May 2015 at 5:40pm Reply

    Also so looking forward to 'being' in London tonight watching a ballet actually last seen in London decades ago ! Watching from rainy Lucerne, Switzerland. Love your introductions, ditto operas.

  3. lizzi responded on 5 May 2015 at 11:39pm Reply

    Absolutely fabulous, what a performance, feel so privileged to have watched it in Tavira, Portugal, thank you to all the cast.

  4. Luisa Bucciotti responded on 6 May 2015 at 7:13am Reply

    I watched it at cinema in Rome yesterday evening. The ballet, all the dancers, Natalia Osipova and Steven Mc Rae were wonderful!!
    I really appreciated the backstage and interviews.
    Thank you!

  5. Gill Smith responded on 6 May 2015 at 11:03am Reply

    Watched this at St junien, Haute Vienne, France. Brilliant, a wonderful evening!

  6. Tammy responded on 6 May 2015 at 7:23pm Reply

    LOVED watching this from Kansas, USA! Hoping there will be a DVD available of this performance?? :)

  7. Sue Mayo responded on 10 May 2015 at 9:06am Reply

    How is it we have these wonderful opportunities to see these marvelous livebroadcasts in rural Limousin, France - at possibly three cinemas -but our family in Singapore ( one of the most advanced countries technologically speaking) are deprived of these artistic jewels?

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