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Fonteyn '59: Sleeping Beauty

Darcey Bussell introduces edited highlights of Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty, created especially for television by producer/director Margaret Dale in 1959 and featuring the then stars of the Royal Ballet, Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes. This rarely seen film gives viewers a glimpse of an authentic 1950s style of ballet, transporting them back to the living rooms of post-war Britain. The performance features footage previously feared lost, but now able to be seen for the first time since the original broadcast over 50 years ago. This recently rediscovered archive includes the 'lost kiss' - the awakening of Sleeping Beauty by a kiss from her handsome prince.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Wed 2 Mar 2016 02:00


Role Contributor
PresenterDarcey Bussell
ProducerMargaret Dale
Princess AuroraMargot Fonteyn
Prince FlorimundMichael Somes
Lilac FairyLucette Aldous
Carabosse the Wicked FairyYvonne Cartier
BluebirdBrian Shaw
BluebirdAntoinette Sibley

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