Royal Ballet

La Fille mal gardée

In Cinemas 3, 4, 5 & 8 Jul 2015
Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Natalia Osipova, Steven McRae
Ferdinand Hérold, orchestrated by John Lanchbery
Frederick Ashton
Osbert Lancaster
2h30 incl interval
Captured live from Covent Garden, London 5 May 2015
5 stars! A delight! Gorgeously led by star ballerina Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae, but the joy of Fille is that it’s a company triumph
Zoë Anderson, The Independent

Screening just in time for school holidays, Frederick Ashton’s joyful ballet contains some of his most virtuoso choreography, and has been a firm favourite with audiences for over 50 years. Set in a storybook village and featuring an abundance of farmyard merriment, chickens, haystacks, and even a Shetland Pony, the pastoral comedy tells the story of Lise (Natalia Osipova), the Widow Simone’s (Philip Mosley) wayward daughter in love with Colas (Steven McRae), a young farmer, who contrives to outwit her mother’s plans for a more advantageous marriage. The sunny ballet is laced with good humour, and is a whirl of dancing chickens, grouchy guardians, a gloriously funny clog dance, a celebratory maypole dance and plenty of romance. This is wonderful entertainment for all ages. Read the reaction from European audiences who attended the live cinema broadcast here.