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Release date: 11 May 2012
Running time: 130 minutes
Frederick Ashton's timeless production of the sunniest of ballets - live from the Royal Opera House The origins of 'La Fille Mal Gardee' ('The Wayward Daughter') go all the way back to a work first performed in Bordeaux in 1789. That makes this two-act comic ballet one of the oldest in the modern repertory. It's a simple story of Lise, her suitor Colas, and Lise's larger-than-life mother, the Widow Simone, who tries to marry her off to the simpleton son of a rich neighbour. There have been many interpretations of this timeless tale. But it was Frederick Ashton who brought 'La Fille Mal Gardee' into the 20th century with his completely new 1959 version, filled with delicious comedy and delightful choreography. It has remained in the Royal Ballet's repertoire ever since. One of this production's greatest pleasures is the way in which the fiendishly difficult steps never get in the way of the storytelling.
Original title: La Fille Mal Gardee, La (Royal Ballet, Roy
Age restrictions: 12A