(by permission of the Vivian Van Damm Productions, Ltd.)
Pas de Quatre (Pugni)
Molly Lake, Kathleen Clifton, Christine Rosslyn, Diana Gould
Pas de Deux (Blue Bird)
Alicia Markova, Anton Dolin
The BBC Television Orchestra
Leader, Boris Pecker
Conductor, Hyam Greenbaum
At the Marie Tempest matinee at Drury Lane in May, 1935, Alicia Markova danced Blue Bird with Harold Turner before King George V and Queen Mary. She will be seen in the same ballet today with Anton Dolin.
Markova, a student of Seraphina Astafieva, joined the Diaghilev Ballet in 1924, appearing in Swan Lake, Aurora's Wedding, Cimarosiana, The Cat, and The Story of the Nightingale. This, and her subsequent work with the Ballet Club, the Camargo Society, and the Vic-Wells company, put her in the first rank of prima ballerinas. Sadler's Wells enthusiasts will remember her dancing in a special season of ballet with Dolin in 1935. Dolin, whose real name is Patrick Healey-Kay, is a dancer whose fame is known all over the world. He made his first appearance on the stage at the Prince's Theatre in 1916.