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La Fille Mal Gardée

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The tale of a wayward daughter determined to marry for love despite what her guardians may think, as choreographed by Frederick Ashton. Read More >

La Fille Mal Gardée, which translates as The Wayward Daughter, is one of Frederick Ashton’s most charming ballets. Its combination of light-hearted story, beautiful solos and pas de deux, and lively ensembles have made it a timeless classic and favourite of the Royal Ballet repertory.

Haystacks and chickens, ponies and storms, and a charming tale of young love in a picturesque rural scene; everything in La Fille Mal Gardée sparkles with a winning combination of uplifting and expressive dance, vibrant colour and lyrical music.

The story of La Fille Mal Gardée sees young Lise, the wayward daughter of the title, determined to marry Colas, the son of a farmer, for love. But her guardian aunt Widow Simone would rather she married the child-like Alain for money and status. The battle of wits and wills that follows is full of humour as Lise tries to stay one step ahead of her guardian.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 09/03/2010

Closing Night: 28/04/2010

Running time: 2h05

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Cast & Creative


Sarah Lamb, Roberta Marquez, Alina Cojocaru, Yuhui Choe, Laura Morera, Marianela Nuñez, Steven McRae, Brian Maloney, Ivan Putrov, Ricardo Cervera, Johan Kobborg, Carlos Acosta, Alastair Marriott, Will Tuckett, Philip Mosley, José Martín, Liam Scarlett, Jonathan Howells, Paul Kay, Ludovic Ondiviela, Michael Stojko, Gary Avis, David Pickering, David Drew, Christopher Saunders


Producer - Royal Ballet

Designer - Osbert Lancaster

Choreographer - Frederick Ashton

Conductor - Daniel Capps/Barry Wordsworth

Lighting Designer - John B Read

Music By - Ferdinand Hérold, arranged by John Lanchbery

About Royal Opera House

Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom WC2E 9DD

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