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La Fille mal gardée at the Royal Opera House – 27th September to 22nd October 2016

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Frederick Ashton’s popular full-length ballet La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter) returns to Covent Garden, Ashton inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside created a work that is based on a 1789 French ballet originally created by Jean Dauberval; John Lanchbery created the music for Ashton’s ballet from Ferdinand Hérold’s 1828 score. La Fille mal gardée was a great success on its premiere in 1960 and has remained a firm favourite in The Royal Ballet’s repertory.

Ashton’s choreography is a celebration of the English countryside with a series of energetic pas de deux, dancing chickens, a Lancashire clog dance and a maypole dance.

The story centres around Lise is the only daughter of Widow Simone. Lise loves Colas, a young farmer – but her mother has far more ambitious plans, and is determined that Lise marry Alain, the son of a wealthy landowner.

Running times

The performance lasts about 2 hours 15 minutes, including one interval

If you would like more information or buy a ticket, visit the Royal Opera House website here

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