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Right Royal Company


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Fifty Years of the Royal Ballet
It's their anniversary month: ' The Royal' as they're known in the dance world now, were 'The Islington dancers' back in the 30s when their home was Sadler's Wells. Six girls 50 years ago, today there are two companies, a major school, and well over 100 dancers. This is the story of how 'Vic-Wells' became today's Royal Ballet and premier classical company of the Western world. It's a picture of a ' 'day' in their life, a 'day' that in fact lasts several months, and follows preparations for Kenneth MacMillan 's Isadora, premiered three weeks ago. It's a rare chance to see behind the scenes: the tensions, hard work, laughter, and a myriad of rehearsals for all sorts of dance works in their repertoire.
Taking part:
Dame Ninette de Valois Dame Margot Fonteyn Sir Frederick Ashton Sir Robert Helpmann Michael Somes and past and present members of the company.
Merle Park as Isadora with Julian Hosking
Stephen Jefferies , Derek Rencher and actress Mary Miller
Excerpts from Les Rendezvous, Facade, Les Sylphides, Rake's Progress, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Pineapple Poll, La Fille mat gardee, Le Corsaire, A Month in the Country and Isadora. with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden leader meyer STOLOW conducted by Barry Wordsworth
Film cameraman NAT CROSBY Film sound MICHAEL TURNER Film editor david MARTIN Directed by COLIN NEARS


Unknown: Kenneth MacMillan
Unknown: Dame Margot Fonteyn
Unknown: Sir Frederick Ashton
Unknown: Sir Robert Helpmann
Unknown: Michael Somes
Unknown: Merle Park
Unknown: Julian Hosking
Unknown: Stephen Jefferies
Unknown: Derek Rencher
Unknown: Mary Miller
Conducted By: Barry Wordsworth
Directed By: Colin Nears

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Right Royal Company

BBC One London, 19 May 1981 21.25

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