The Royal Ballet Royal Ballet Sinfonia Choreographer: Frederick Ashton Conductor: Paul Murphy
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 23rd & 27th December 2007.
Created by Frederick Ashton for a film in 1971, 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, Jeremy Fisher, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and the irrepressible Peter Rabbit. Ashton's warm and witty, yet demanding, choreography creates a piece of charm and grace for all ages.
Mrs Tittlemouse: Victoria Hewitt Johnny Town-Mouse: Ricardo Cervera Mrs Tiggy-Winkle: Jonathan Howells Jemima Puddle-Duck: Gemma Sykes The Fox: Gary Avis Pigling Bland: Bennet Gartside Pig-Wig: Laura Morera Aunt Pettitoes: David Pickering Mr Jeremy Fisher: Zachary Faruque Tom Thumb: Giacomo Ciriaci Hunca Munca: Iohna Loots Peter Rabbit: Joshua Tuifua Squirrel Nutkin: Steven McRae
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"...wonderful woodland scenes are played out by dancers in fantastic costumes and masks. ... recreating the magic of these books and bringing favourite characters to life is every child's fantasy. ... Peter Rabbit's beautiful and magical garden of dreams will transport every adult straight back to their childhood." The Stage