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Ballet Goes to the Music Hall

Deborah Bull learns about ballet in the music hall theatres of Leicester Square in late Victorian London, discovering a world where the dance was all about the spectacle.

Deborah Bull discovers a world where ballet was all about the spectacle - at the music hall theatres in late Victorian London. She talks to the dance historian Jane Pritchard and the conductor Benjamin Pope about the main composers, Georges Jacobi and Leopold Wenzel, and finds out more about the kind of dance that took place at the Alhambra and Empire Theatres in Leicester Square. Including music specially recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

First broadcast in December 2011.

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45 minutes

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