Making hay while the sun shines: glorious Fille opens Royal Ballet season

Hérold: La Fille mal gardée ****

The Royal Ballet, 27th September 2016

With little fanfare, other than a cockerel crowing from the pit, the Royal Ballet crept to life for its new season. As rosy dawn fingered the horizon and sleepy hens emerged from their coop to stretch their wings, a blanket of contentment enveloped us. Here was no new production, no searing tragedy to tear our hearts asunder, but a gentle rom-com – Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée, a tale of simple countryfolk. Smiles spread across the stoniest of faces, toes tapped to John Lanchbery’s wittily arranged score. For a couple of hours, all was right with the world.

Paul Kay (Alain) © ROH | Tristram Kenton

Paul Kay (Alain)
© ROH | Tristram Kenton

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