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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.
…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
Great production for adults as well as kids. Especially for kids to spike an interest in theatre and ballet.Published 6 months ago by R.S.
The best ballet! My Grand Daughter, and I love watching this together. Even at a young age this captured her heart. She not only loves watching it but dances along.Published 8 months ago by Tina Bryan
Possibly the best ballet for the non ballet lover in your life. Very accessible to both children and adults. Read morePublished 8 months ago by PJ Grogan
Excellent film for my granddaughters who already love the Beatrix Potter characters.
Absolutely beautiful. The costumes are incredible. A beautiful way to introduce people to ballet, which was very good as well.Highly recommend this video.Published 10 months ago by vida schrape
Excellent adaptation by Ashton of the famous stories. Brings back memories of childhood and visits to the Royal Ballet from the time that the company occupied the reopened Covent... Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Alan Stark