Sunday 19th May, Corn Exchange, Newbury RG14 5BD
2.30pm Introductory talk (optional)
3.00pm Film (finishes approx 4.30pm)
Created by Frederick Ashton in 1971 for a film, The Royal Ballet's Tales of Beatrix Potter brings to life some of the famous images and stories from Beatrix Potter's classic story books. John Lanchbery's music is utterly captivating and 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 members of The Royal Ballet deliver 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 work of charm and grace to enthral all ages.
Ross Alley, who lectures on ballet and opera at Covent Garden and elsewhere, will introduce and talk about the film before the screening.