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La Fille mal gardée Blu-ray (The Royal Ballet)

Ever since its triumphant premiere in 1960, Frederick Ashton's La Fille mal gardée has been treasured as one of his happiest creations ­- his artistic tribute to nature, and an expression of his feelings for his beloved Suffolk countryside. Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta perfectly portray the young lovers Lise and Colas, determined to thwart the plans of Widow Simone to marry off her wayward daughter to Alain, the simple son of wealthy Farmer Thomas.

Osbert Lancaster's colourful, picture-book designs, along with Ferdinand Herold's tuneful score, arranged by John Lanchbery, provide the perfect setting for Ashton's blissfully bucolic ballet, complete with haywain, pony, maypole and ribbons, a cockerel and his chickens and, of course, the famous clog dance, here wonderfully led by William Tuckett as the irascible but lovable Widow Simone. 

Music: Ferdinand Herold
Arranged by John Lanchbery
Choreography: Frederick Ashton
Lise: Marianela Nuñez
Colas: Carlos Acosta
Widow Simone: William Tuckett
Alain: Jonathan Howells 

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Anthony Twiner
Scenario: Jean Dauberval
Designs: Osbert Lancaster
Lighting: John B. Read
Staging: Alexander Grant
Assisted by Christopher Carr

Plus: Cast gallery and illustrated synopsis

Picture: 16:9 1080i
Sound:LPCM 2.0 / 5.1
Duration:112 mins
Region code: All Regions
1 X BD50
Subtitles: FR/DE/ES/IT