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La Fille mal gardée DVD (The Royal Ballet)

Ever since its triumphant premiere in 1960, Frederick Ashton's La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter) has been treasured as one of his happiest creations. An artistic tribute to nature, the ballet is an expression of Ashton's 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 Hérold'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 Hérold
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
Assited by Christopher Carr 

Plus: Cast gallery and illustrated synopsis 

Picture: 16:9
Sound: LPCM Stereo / 5.1 Surround Sound 
Format: NTSC
Region code: 0 Worldwide
Running Time: 112 mins
Year: 2005

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