Frederick Ashton's Tales of Beatrix Potter

Royal Ballet

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  • dance
  • 72 Mins

Created by Frederick Ashton for a film in 1971, and brought to the stage in a production by Anthony Dowell in 1992, Tales of Beatrix Potter brings alive, with rich characterisation and invention, the famous images and stories of Beatrix Potter. John Lanchbery's music (incorporating mostly forgotten Victorian melodies) is utterly captivating, inspiring spirited playing from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Paul Murphy. Christine Edzard's designs conjure up a lost England of field mice and Berkshire black pigs, of foxgloves and shady groves. Swept up in the ballet's childlike exuberance, the entire cast delivers outstanding portrayals of such colourful figures as Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mr Jeremy Fisher, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and the irrepressible Peter Rabbit. Frederick Ashton's warm and witty, yet demanding, choreography creates a piece of charm and grace for all ages.

Cast & Crew

(Conductor), Gary Avis (The Fox), Jonathan Howells (Mrs Tiggy-Winkle), Gemma Sykes (Jemima Puddle-Duck), Ricardo Cervera (Johnny Town-Mouse), Bennet Gartsid (Pigling Bland), (Director), (Choreographer), Victoria Hewitt (Mrs Tittlemouse)