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La Fille mal gardée



There are no performances listed for La Fille mal gardée

Funny, tender and true, this lovely ballet of rural bliss will put a spectacular spring in your step.

When country beauty Lise falls in love with farm lad Colas, she’s about to upset the apple cart. Her mother, Widow Simone, has her own ideas about who her daughter should marry. Enter Thomas, a pompous and wealthy vineyard owner. And Alain, his rich son – attractive as a potato, smart as a turnip and the proud possessor of two left feet. Now sit back and enjoy as each of this merry crew try to meet their heart’s desires with predictably hilarious results.

Ever popular because of its simple, engaging story, wonderful wit and pulsating passion, La Fille mal gardée remains a firm favourite for all the family. Created in 1960 by Frederick Ashton, one of the greatest choreographers of the 20th century, this charming ballet was an instant hit.

★★★★★
'Unmissable'
THE SUNDAY EXPRESS

'Can there be a funnier, sunnier ballet than this?'
THE DAILY EXPRESS

'As finely wrought an English comedy as My Fair Lady or The Importance of Being Earnest'
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

Performance length


Approx 2 hours and 20 minutes

Storyguide


ACT I  |  ACT II  |  ACT III

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Credits


Music Ferdinand Hérold
Arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery
Choreography Frederick Ashton
Scenario Jean Dauberval
Design Osbert Lancaster
Lighting Peter Teigen

World premiere


The Royal Ballet, 28 January 1960, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

First performance by Birmingham Royal Ballet


9 November 1962, 
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