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Your reaction: La Fille mal gardée in cinemas 2015

What did you think of the live screening of Frederick Ashton's joyful ballet, starring Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae?

By Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products)

5 May 2015 at 11.08pm | 63 Comments

The Royal Opera House Cinema Season broadcasts performances to more than 1,600 cinemas in 44 countries around the world. Check the website to see if there's an encore of La Fille mal gardée near youFind out more here.

By Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products)

5 May 2015 at 11.08pm

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

This article has 63 comments

  1. Thank you for another wonderful evening at the Cinema and the 5th Ballet (relay) we've seen in the last 12 months!! Stunning performances from Steven, Natalia and the whole company, super interval features/interviews and presented wonderfully by the lovely Darcey again!! Already looking forward to booking for Romeo & Juliet in September!! Keep up the fantastic work Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera House.

  2. Averil Larke responded on 5 May 2015 at 11:42pm Reply

    Such a happy fun ballet and my first time to see it. Viewed it in Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland, and had the theatre to myself!! Private viewing :)

  3. Julliard responded on 5 May 2015 at 11:51pm Reply

    Magnifique, époustouflant , un bouquet de printemps
    Vive Natalia Ossipova ; un phénomène dont on ne se lasse pas, sans cesse renouvelée
    Un DvD ???

  4. pat braidford responded on 6 May 2015 at 12:00am Reply

    The most enchanting.. mesmorising..entertaining ...astounding...witty ballet..danced by the most amazing people...very well done !!!loved every minute of it...wouldn't miss these very special ...x

  5. ML responded on 6 May 2015 at 1:56am Reply

    First time watching ballet in a cinema (after already catching the brilliant Laura Morera and Vadim Muntagirov in this ballet last month!) Our relay worked very well - great camera work, great sound, and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing Peregrine getting his fruit and vegetable "bouquet" (ok, basket) at the interval and the interview with Lesley Collier, who was a delightful Lise herself (and one of the chickens when she joined the company, she said). Wonderful performances by the super virtuosos Osipova and McRae, who were also entertaining actors in their roles. Not to mention their colleagues Philip Mosley as Simone, Paul Kay as Alain, Christopher Saunders as Thomas and Gary Avis as the Notary - all brilliant in their roles. From now on we'll be watching more Royal Ballet in the cinema as well as at Covent Garden!

  6. Phoebe Goodwin responded on 6 May 2015 at 4:55am Reply

    This was my first at the movie house. Loved it, loved it, beautiful in every way. Great artists, great costumes, great sets. Thank you for a special treat..

  7. Nola Colman responded on 6 May 2015 at 7:46am Reply

    Saw the broadcast evening (19:00) here in the western US. Bravos and thank yous to all for a wonderful, joy-filled evening. Delighted to see this choreography being faithfully taught to todays young dancers. Osipova is a wonderful comedienne.
    Thought Mother Simone must have been choreographed for a great character dancer and indeed it was, Stanley Holden.

  8. ed broadbridge responded on 6 May 2015 at 7:48am Reply

    An absolutely amazing performance with a superb cast. I must go to the Royal Opera more often!

  9. Luisa Bucciotti responded on 6 May 2015 at 8:05am 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!

  10. Ian responded on 6 May 2015 at 8:40am Reply

    Bravo to all concerned, especially Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae.

    Having previously watched la Fille mal gardée at the theatre, the cinema experience was interesting. While it will never be the same as the live experience, the close-up views add an extra dimension. However, I feel more could have been made of the advantages of a having a presenter - since Darcey Bussell (obviously!) knows what she's talking about, she could have given some technical insights into the dance. And to convey the atmosphere in the theatre, some pre-performance and interval scenes from the Paul Hamlyn Hall, Amphitheatre Bar, Crush Room, etc. would have been appreciated.

    Altogether though, I and the rest of the Paris audience thoroughly enjoyed it (quite a buzz in the bar in the interval.)

    Is it better live or in a cinema? You just have to do both!

  11. John Douglas responded on 6 May 2015 at 8:52am Reply

    Watched Fille last night in Eastbourne, Osipova is stunning, I could watch her all day and night. Great show, hugely appreciated.

  12. Jenny responded on 6 May 2015 at 9:10am Reply

    Stunning,Magical,colourful,inspiring. Words are not enough.

  13. Ann Spittles responded on 6 May 2015 at 9:23am Reply

    Really really lovely, we enjoyed it so much.Thank you R.O.H. for the opportunity to see your stunning productions in the cinema. Looking forward to many more.

  14. Marie responded on 6 May 2015 at 9:25am Reply

    It was a beautiful ballet, with wonderful dancers and costume. Amazing to watch even at cinema from France. Thank you so much to share your magic !

  15. Judith Phillips responded on 6 May 2015 at 9:36am Reply

    Fantastic performance,
    . Having seen Natalia Osipova in Swan Lake (amazing & breathtaking) it was wonderful to see her as Lise in such a funloving role. Royal Ballet just wonderful so can't wait until September for the next seasons programme.

  16. Natalie responded on 6 May 2015 at 10:02am Reply

    Loved it! I feel so, so lucky to be able to see these transmissions without travelling up to London. I wasn't too familiar with this ballet before, but it's become a favourite over night, and I'm now watching all the different casts online (Nadia Nerina is lovely).
    Great cast for the transmission though, all executed the choreography well, and I really enjoyed it :) Osipova was beautiful as always, and McRae was a great partner. I'm also a big fan of those chickens and widow Simone. And #naughtyperegrine.

    I suppose the chances of this being released on DVD are slim, especially with the upcoming Swan Lake release?... I would always love a memento of these performances though, and am pretty sure I wish for the same thing after each transmission (if only!).

  17. Mandy Mansworth responded on 6 May 2015 at 10:14am Reply

    I saw Natalia Osipova in your cinema relay of Swan Lake and she was incredible, so I was really looking forward to last night. Yet again she blew me away - she and Steven McRae were phenomenal together and the whole ballet was the most wonderful treat - I could watch it again and again - DVD please?

  18. Veronica Sharpe responded on 6 May 2015 at 10:22am Reply

    What a brilliant evening at the cinema . I have always loved 'Fille'. Lovely to see Lesley Collier interviewed. She was a wonderful Lise. Having moved to Devon ROH Live relay is brilliant for me. Also enjoyed by many other regulars at Paignton. The cast were all b

  19. dulcie blythe responded on 6 May 2015 at 10:49am Reply

    McRae was amazing as ever.Osipova,although technically perfect,seemed nervous in pain and too "Russian" in style by which i mean a bit chilly.Port de bras not very "english"ie Ashton and did not move whole body,a little rigid..chickens delightful,costumes fab,music joyous and good to hear from cast all latest news and chat...scenery charming and Alain the perfect fool..havent laughed so much in ages...Osipova best in dramatic roles i think....lovely to hear english voices here in Italy...made me feel very homesick as whole production so very British...more of same please and thanks to everyone involved including the backroom staff...

    • Peter Vintner responded on 6 May 2015 at 6:08pm

      No need to repeat the interview with Leslie Collier. Those who went to the cinema almost certainly saw it.

      Leslie Collier was referring to what Natalia Osipova had to learn during rehearsals - and it wasn't a criticism when she said it. I think you'll find Leslie Collier has a lot of admiration for Osipova, as do the rest of the company.
      If you remember what Leslie Collier actually said - it was the most difficult thing to learn about the way Ashton wanted his dancers to move. She herself had found it very difficult, and Darcey Bussell agreed. What Leslie Collier didn't say was that Osipova's arms and upper body were a problem at the time of the actual performances.

      As for Osipova being "cold", I suspect you may well be in a tiny minority among the audience on that score.

  20. Mick Pullen responded on 6 May 2015 at 10:53am Reply

    Watched at Castle Wellingborough last evening mainly to see the clog dance but was absolutely mesmerised by the entire ballet.Next two events are Ipswich v Norwich and the VE day concert at Horse Guards on Saturday but will certainly not be so entranced as I was yesterday.You have made an old man very happy.Look forward to further productions and hope to make another visit to the ROH soon.

  21. Christine blackbond responded on 6 May 2015 at 11:08am Reply

    What a delightful ballet. The dancing was superb and Natalia plays the part wonderfully.

  22. Caroline responded on 6 May 2015 at 11:18am Reply

    What an excellent night. I really enjoyed this ballet watching from Parkway Cinema Barnsley. We laughed and clapped and were engrossed for the whole 2 hours plus. Well done to all. Special mention to Phil Mosley who was excellent as Widow Simone and did a brilliant clog dance

  23. Willaim Woolhouse responded on 6 May 2015 at 11:46am Reply

    I too watched at The Castle Wellingborough last evening.
    Fab performance all round,I have seen all the Great dancers in these roles,Ann Jenner was my favourite Lise,as well as Merle Park.The great Colas roles of Michael Coleman,David Wall,Nureyev and not forgetting Baryshnikov among them.
    Steven Mcrae is simply fantastic.He is truly the most wonderfull dancer and actor,
    He has an impeccable line,and wonderful stage manners.Osipova,well she needs to relax a little.She will grow into this role.
    The orchestra of The Royal Opera House played magnificently under Barry Wordsworth.I can't wait to see Romeo and Juliet on 22Sept with Sarah Lamb and Rupert Pennefather in the lead roles
    Fille always brings back such fond memories of The Royal Ballet Way back in the 60s/70s.Great to see the company on such tremendous form..
    Bill Woolhouse

  24. Christine Tebbot responded on 6 May 2015 at 12:20pm Reply

    Cinema in Guildford last night was packed out with everyone loving La Fille. So many of the audience were elderly and cannot travel to London any more, so for them the live transmissions are brilliant. I feel so lucky to be able to see so many wonderful productions and to be watching Natalia Osipova. Have seen her now in four different roles and think she is a superb.

  25. Margaret responded on 6 May 2015 at 12:57pm Reply

    A wonderful evening with a great cast which I watched in Camberley with a very full audience. One problem though - the lighting was quite dim in many of the scenes when the full stage was in view, any scenes in closeup were fine and well lit.

  26. Louise responded on 6 May 2015 at 1:12pm Reply

    Absolutely wonderful performance from Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae. Completely blown away! Please please please release on DVD!!

  27. JC Penman responded on 6 May 2015 at 1:55pm Reply

    Thoroughly enjoyed watching Fille from Southampton cinema. Whole company were amazing. Macrae and Osipova complimented each other superbly and were just breathtaking! Special well done has to go to Paul Kay who performed so brilliantly and gave the most endearing and at times almost heartbreaking performance as Alain. Loved it!

  28. John White responded on 6 May 2015 at 2:43pm Reply

    Thank you for another wonderful experience. What a priviledge to be able to enjoy a world leading performance at affordable cost from the comfort of a local cinema. Thank you.
    The performance last night 5th May was slightly marred by some breaks in continuity ands loss of picture. Was this caused by the stormy weather, a shortcoming in our local broadband (Crawley), a glitch at your end or ours? Hope it is identifiable and fixable. Thanks again.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 6 May 2015 at 3:31pm

      Dear John

      I'm afraid that last night's stormy weather did cause problems in some locations. Hopefully conditions will be calmer for La boheme!

      Best wishes


  29. James Lohman responded on 6 May 2015 at 3:04pm Reply

    The two priniples gave us an lesson in great dancing AND acting. On the big screen one could see them up close at times and they seemed to have chemistry between them.

  30. Carol Wills responded on 6 May 2015 at 3:20pm Reply

    My first ever ballet at nearly 66 yrs: old. Superb. Such athleticism and training. A new
    convert, will go again.
    Ploermel, France.

  31. Nick B responded on 6 May 2015 at 3:34pm Reply

    Thank you for a wonderful performance by Steven M and Natalia O and the rest of the cast. I think Steven and Natalia made an ideal couple for this ballet. The large audience at our cinema applauded!
    Dare we expect a DVD?

  32. Sunrise responded on 6 May 2015 at 3:55pm Reply

    Wonderful performance. Will there be a DVD please?

  33. Anastasia responded on 6 May 2015 at 4:45pm Reply

    It was amazing!!! Thank you very much for a chance to see it so far away in Aurora cinema, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

  34. Marilyn weston responded on 6 May 2015 at 5:11pm Reply

    Wonderful evening at the opera house,loved ospisova,hope the dvd comes out,great memories of lesley collier and david wall

  35. Rachael responded on 6 May 2015 at 5:14pm Reply

    Saw this at Salisbury Odeon & the performance was slightly marred for me by the darkness of the picture. Having enjoyed Fille twice at the ROH in the last fortnight, the difference in colour at the cinema was very apparent. At the cinema, instead of having an impression of a lovely sunny day, it looked more gloomy & murky. In full-stage shots, there was clearly a red tinge to the back of the set long after sunrise. Instead of the scenery having something of the look/feel of a watercolour painting, the colours were darker: eg. the haystack looked uniformly tree-trunk brown & in some shots, Colas' tights more mustard than daffodil-yellow. Even in close-up shots, the detail of backdrop scenery was hard to make out clearly at times & performers were in shadow as they entered/exited through doors, appeared in a window & on occasion, when they climbed stairs. It was a real pity. The ROH's screening of Swan Lake at Salisbury Odeon also had picture quality issues. Cinema staff advise that their engineer has visited & found no issues with projection equipment. I do hope the ROH can resolve this picture quality issue. Many thanks.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 6 May 2015 at 5:31pm

      Hi Rachael,

      Sorry to hear about the picture issues at the Salisbury Odeon, which seem to be limited to that venue - we'll contact the cinema to try and avoid this happening in future.


      ROH Content Producer

  36. LeeH responded on 6 May 2015 at 6:42pm Reply

    Fille fantastic! Saw live performance with Acosta and Nunez two weeks ago, which was great, but being able to see close-ups of footwork and expression in broadcast made it even better. And sorry, Carlos, but Steven McRae is the best Colas. But while Osipova's footwork is amazing technically, Nunez had more lyricism.
    But just so great to be able to see it again, even though our cinema (Studio, Coleford) also showed it a bit dark in Act 1, but had lightened up by Act 2. Not sure why, usually the transmission there is very good.
    Can't wait for Two Pigeons, another Ashton special. Thank you ROH.

    • Alison responded on 7 May 2015 at 2:39pm

      Hi Lee. Your comparison of the two Colas(es?) would probably be fairer if you compared Acosta from the DVD from a decade ago, when he was probably somewhat closer to McRae's age. I'm afraid this time around he was rather past his best.

  37. Lesley responded on 6 May 2015 at 6:49pm Reply

    Saw the 1960's version when I was a child and this one was every bit as brilliant. So great to be able to share in our wonderful culture and heritage in the provinces. Every moment was gripping - the colour, the music, the dancing, the costumes. Our screening in Hereford was excellent. Thank you ROH and thank you Courtyard - more please.................

  38. Ana responded on 6 May 2015 at 10:24pm Reply

    We had such a great time watching it in the cinema! Everyone enjoyed this fabulous production, like Mr. Carr pointed out there is no detail to be bettered... Steven McRae was charming and light footed as ever! I was excited to see Osipova, because I thought she was perfectly suited for Lise. I have to say she seemed quite stressed at some points, but I bet it had to do with her struggles with the English style and she'll just grow in that role - her footwork was marvellous and she just blew us away with her acting!! Thanks so much for making it possible for those who are not living in the UK to see those fabulous artists on the stage. Kudos to Paul Kay and Philip Mosley - brilliant performances!!!

  39. SYuen responded on 6 May 2015 at 10:30pm Reply

    Totally agree with Rachael. I too saw this at ROH last week and straightaway noticed the difference in the colour and lighting in Odeon in Gerrards Cross last night.

  40. Elizabeth Tebbutt responded on 7 May 2015 at 2:06am Reply

    I watched Fille at Cineworld in Chichester and thoroughly enjoyed seeing Steven McRae and Natalia Osipova performing the roles of Colas and Lise, They were superb! However, I do agree that the picture was unusually dark. There have never been any lighting issues before at Chichester so I am wondering whether it might have been to do with light settings during the filming?
    Having seen a performance of Fille two weeks ago, the difference in lighting is quite marked.

  41. Lesley responded on 7 May 2015 at 4:35am Reply

    Wonderful! I have not see the Ashton Fille since 1960 with Nadia Nerina and David Blair on tour in Houston when I was 4! I fell in love with the ballet and the cockerel, of course! That performance launched a ballet career! What a joy to see this charming production on screen here in CA, so lovingly produced and exquisitely danced!

  42. Luisa Bucciotti responded on 7 May 2015 at 11:48am Reply

    I'd like to have the dvd. It would be amazing!

  43. Michael Gibbs responded on 7 May 2015 at 3:38pm Reply

    The few criticisms of Osipova's performance, may say more about the pseudish nature of the critic's than about the performance itself.

  44. Richard Johnston responded on 7 May 2015 at 4:04pm Reply

    A wonderful experience.
    Could you please tell me if there are any plans to produce a DVD of this particular performance and if so when will it be available.

    Thank you.

  45. joan Hance responded on 7 May 2015 at 4:11pm Reply

    Agree totally with the comment from the Salisbury Odeon. Having seen Fille on the stage and having two differnet DVDs, the difference is quite startlinng - the early scenes with Widow Simone were hardly visible and the poor lighting really reduced the sunny atmosphere of this. This is appparent in every production I have seen at this cinima - please fix it.

    • Hi Joan, Rachael and SYuen,

      I've looked back over the recordings we made here and there is no obvious problem with the pictures.

      We'll be in contact with the Odeon in Salisbury & Gerrards Cross, and Cineworld in Chichester, as it is possible that they have their projector configured wrong (we use a different configuration to most films, since we are using HDTV equipment, and I suspect it had not been changed, leading to an overly red and dark image).

      Kinds Regards,

      Mark Thackeray
      Broadcast Engineer at the Royal Opera House

  46. Lynn responded on 7 May 2015 at 6:21pm Reply

    My husband and I were lucky enough to have seen Steven and Natalia's previous two performances live at the ROH and it was fantastic to be able to see them again at our little local (and very well attended) cinema up in the wilds of Cumbria. Steven was fantastic (as ever) and the whole experience quite wonderful.

    I would like to add my plea to the request that this performance be released on DVD? We're going to an encore screening in Carlisle on Sunday but even that won't be enough!

  47. Alice Wheeler responded on 7 May 2015 at 7:14pm Reply

    Took my Mum as a birthday treat, her first experience of ballet in the cinema since she saw 'TheTales of Beatrix Potter' in 1970! Needless to say we had the most amazing uplifting time. Steven McRae absolutely wonderful. Can't wait for the next one.

  48. Mary Bessenich responded on 7 May 2015 at 8:12pm Reply

    Yet another magnificent performance from The Royal Ballet. We were all spellbound in our local cinema. Amazing performances from all the cast, superb standard of music from the orchestra, wonderfully lit stage, and gorgeous costumes. A tremendous night. Thank you so much.

  49. C. Reid responded on 8 May 2015 at 2:12am Reply

    Please, please, please make this performance available on DVD. I have seen several performances of this ballet, but I have never been more charmed than I was by this particular performance. There was something really special about the interaction between the different characters. I found myself laughing, sighing and amazed by the incredible talent throughout the program. I am very grateful that it was possible to see this wonderful ballet at my local theatre. Thank you!

  50. Pauline Hartwell responded on 8 May 2015 at 12:48pm Reply

    Thank you Royal Ballet for La Fille Mal Gardee, a wonderful trip back in time with the magic of Natalia Osipova, what can one say, completely lost for words!!!

  51. Terry Johnson responded on 9 May 2015 at 3:53pm Reply

    Sat in the Esher Odeon with a huge smile on my face throughout. Well done Royal Ballet! More please.

  52. S White responded on 9 May 2015 at 5:55pm Reply

    I saw this at Esher where the picture was also quite dark, particularly when the whole stage was in shot. In close-up the problem was not so notable.

  53. Victoria Foster responded on 11 May 2015 at 12:51am Reply

    My seven year old daughter and I loved watching La Fille Mal Gardée at the ROH last Tuesday, and again in the cinema on Sunday. She was so excited to see the two of us had been filmed in a close up just before the start of the performance!

    • Jakegee responded on 11 May 2015 at 12:03pm

      Congratulations to you, Victoria, and your daughter!! I remember seeing you both at the beginning of the live relay and at the encore - your daughter looked full of anticipation!

      I hope that little bit of footage is retained in the forthcoming DVD of the performance - something for your daughter to treasure throughout her life!

  54. Peter Erdos responded on 11 May 2015 at 9:20am Reply

    I saw the cinema presentation at the Vue in Finchley Road (O2) Brilliant as always. Big screen, great picture and sound. I loved Osipova although at the beginning she was a bit tentative(with the ribbon) but she is a natural Lise. Wonderful acting and dancing, leaps abound! McRea is also excellent (looking forward to have the DVD). The great surprise for me was Paul Kay, even remembering Alexander Grant he was wonderfully funny and brilliant dancing.
    Unfortunately Philip Mosley could not obliterate the memories of the late widows of the unforgettable Stanley Holden, Brian Shaw or Ronald Emblen.
    All in all wonderful performance (Fille could never fail to deliver!)

  55. Sarah Cox responded on 12 May 2015 at 11:02pm Reply

    Totally stunning performance in Uckfield ,Sussex with my 82 year old Mother. In past years we always travelled up to the ROH. Now we are able to sit in comfort with out negotiating London crowds with a 82 year old. That apart, nothing can replicate the excitement of sitting in a plush red velvet seat waiting for the curtain to go up!!

  56. Manon1753 responded on 14 May 2015 at 11:32pm Reply

    Though the search engine doesn't tell you, it's to be shown in Apt, France on 21 May at 21:00!

  57. Yvette Young responded on 8 July 2015 at 6:52am Reply

    I sat in Paddington, Sydney enjoying this performance. The costumes were lovely and I enjoyed Natalia Osipova, Steven McRae and Paul Kay's dancing. It was interesting to see a ballet that I believe has quite a history but see Ashton's interpretation.

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