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Cinderella DVD (The Royal Ballet) 1969

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The much-loved story of Cinderella has captured hearts and minds for centuries and this historic colour recording from 1969, full of dreams and magic, shows why. Infused with the drama of Prokofiev’s luscious score, the tale of transformation provided creative inspiration for Frederick Ashton’s acclaimed first full-length ballet. His enchanting production stands as a showcase of choreographic mastery and features one of The Royal Ballet’s most celebrated partnerships with Antoinette Sibley as Cinderella and Anthony Dowell as the Prince. Ashton’s distinctive theatricality is also revealed in his legendary cameo as one of the Ugly Sisters opposite Robert Helpmann.

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Cinderella: Antoinette Sibley
The Prince:
Anthony Dowell
Ugly Stepsister: 
Frederick Ashton
Ugly Stepsister: 
Robert Helpmann
Cinderella's Father: Leslie Edwards
The Fairy Godmother: 
Georgina Parkinson
The Fairy Spring: Jennifer Penney
The Fairy Summer:
Vyvyan Lorrayne
The Fairy Autumn:
Ann Jenner
The Fairy Winter:
Deanne Bergsma
The Jester:
Alexander Grant
The Dancing Master: 
Frank Freeman
A Tailor: Jonathan Kelly

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: John Lanchbery
Choreography and Production: Frederick Ashton
Costumes: David Walker
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev

BonusCast Gallery

Sound: PCM Stereo 
Format: NTSC
Region code: 0 (All Regions)
Duration: 102 mins
Year: 1969

Frederick Ashton's... masterpiece" The Times

"Ashton offers us a gentle version of the classic fairy tale that combines innocent wonder and magic with the camp tomfoolery of pantomime..." New York Times

"...contains some of the most radiant choreography of his career." The Guardian

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Philip Watts
A Magical Treasure

This vintage recording from 1969 of the first full length ballet by a British choreographer is a joy from start to finish. Not only do Ashton, Helpmann and Grant reprise the roles they created at the ballet’s premier, but Sibley and Dowell, whose partnership was second in prestige only to that of Fonteyn and Nureyev, give luminous performances as the enchanted couple. The ROH musicians under John Lanchberry give a faultless account of the scintillating score. A happy reminder of an earlier golden age of this world class company.

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Elizabeth Burton
Cinderella DVD (The Royal Ballet) 1969

The DVD is delightful and very beautiful. The dancing, the sets and the costumes are enchanting. I loved the humour of the ugly sisters. A very special performance.

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Philip Watts
A Magical Treasure

This vintage recording from 1969 of the first full length ballet by a British choreographer is a joy from start to finish. Not only do Ashton, Helpmann and Grant reprise the roles they created at the ballet’s premier, but Sibley and Dowell, whose partnership was second in prestige only to that of Fonteyn and Nureyev, give luminous performances as the enchanted couple. The ROH musicians under John Lanchberry give a faultless account of the scintillating score. A happy reminder of an earlier golden age of this world class company.

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Elizabeth Burton
Cinderella DVD (The Royal Ballet) 1969

The DVD is delightful and very beautiful. The dancing, the sets and the costumes are enchanting. I loved the humour of the ugly sisters. A very special performance.