Prokofiev - Cinderella - Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet

Prokofiev - Cinderella - Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet

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The DVD is featured by original recording of the ballet and NOT digitally re-mastered

Sergei Prokofieff (1891-1953)
Ballet in Three Acts
Choreographed and adapted for television by Sir Frederick Ashton

Cinderella - Dame Margot Fonteyn
Prince - Michael Somes
The Ugly Sisters - Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Jester - Alexander Grant
Fairy Godmother - Julia Farron
The Seasons Merle Park, Annette Page, Svetlana Beriosova, Elaine Fifield

Soloists and Corps de ballet of the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet
Robert Irving, conductor
Producers' Showcase telecast of April 29, 1957

Perrault's timeless fairy tale of the mistreated waif turned princess has inspired a number of composers and choreographers since its first incarnation as a major ballet by Petipa in 1893. But none has gained the popularity of the version set by Frederick Ash ton for Sadler's Wells Royal ballet in 1948. It was the first full-length ballet devised by a British choreographer.

Though the role of Cinderella was danced by Moira Shearer (of Tle Rrd Sfaws fame) at the premiere, it soon became a signature piece for Margot Fonteyn and a mainstay of the company's repertoire. In addition to providing the choreography, Ashton also gave himself a plum role as one of the Ugly Sisters and appears on this video in tandem with Kenneth MacMillan, another celebrated British choreographer, en travesti.

The production presented on NBC-TV included, in addition to Fonteyn and her long-term partner Michael Somes, several stars of the company including two of its finest ballerinas, Merle Park and Svetlana Beriosova, both in their youthful prime.

Bonus Selection: Commercials from the original telecast
Color Television
Portable Radios
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