'La Fille mal Gardée' to be broadcast live from the Royal Opera House

Based on an 1828 French ballet, the production is inspired by the choreographer’s love for the Suffolk countryside.

Showing exclusively at the Eden Cinemas on Tuesday 5 May at 20:15 is Frederick Ashton’s final full-length ballet, La Fille mal Gardée, which translates as ‘The Wayward Daughter’. 

Based on an 1828 French ballet, the production is inspired by the choreographer’s love for the Suffolk countryside.

The vibrant ballet is one of Ashton’s most joyous creations and displays some of his most virtuosic choreography – the youthful passion of Lise and her lover, Colas, is expressed in a series of energetic pas de deux. Bringing more energy to this stunning production, the ballet is laced with good humour and a whirl of dancing chickens, grouchy guardians and halfwit suitors.

Also, Ashton affectionately incorporates elements of national folk dance into the choreography, from a Lancashire clog dance to a maypole dance, making ‘La Fille mal Gardée’ The Royal Ballet’s most emphatically English work. Osbert Lancaster’s colourful designs reinforce the robust wit of the production.

Enhancing this unique experience is the amplified sound, together with dimmed lighting in Eden Cinemas’ multipurpose theatre. This provides a sense of authenticity, as though watching the production from the Royal Opera House. Sure to be an unforgettable experience, the audience pays just a fraction of that charged overseas for theatre tickets.

Tickets for La Fille mal Gardée are priced at €23 per adult and a mere €10 for children aged 16 and under.  A complimentary glass of wine will also be offered, together with complimentary parking and a 25% discount at Waterbiscuit upon presentation of a ticket.

Special discounts for school bookings are also being offered.

This event is sponsored by 35 South and Waterbiscuit

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.edenculture.com.mt.

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