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ASHTON: Tales of Beatrix Potter - Royal Ballet (2 DVD)

ASHTON: Tales of Beatrix Potter - Royal Ballet (2 DVD)

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Victoria Hewitt (Mrs Tittlemouse); Ricardo Cervera (Johnny Town-Mouse); Jonathan Howells (Mrs Tiggy-Winkle); Gemma Sykes (Jemima Puddle-Duck); Zachary Faruque (Mr Jeremy Fisher); Joshua Tuifua (Peter Rabbit);

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 ballets 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.

"Peter Rabbit's beautiful and magical garden of dreams will transport every adult straight back to their childhood." (The Stage)

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