“When Mr Hiram B Otis, the American Minister, bought Canterville Chase, everyone told him he was doing a very foolish thing, as there was no doubt at all that the place was haunted. ‘My Lord,’ answered the Minister, ‘I will take the furniture and the ghost at its valuation….’” Oscar Wilde, 1884
London Children’s Ballet has turned the classic Oscar Wilde tale The Canterville Ghost into a witty ballet for the whole family. Centred around the antics of a misunderstood ghost, a naughty pair of twins and a beautiful, loving young girl, The Canterville Ghost is both moving and humorous and has been created to appeal to boys, girls and parents alike.
The ballet tells the tale of Sir Simon Canterville who has haunted his ancestral home since 1584. But when an American family buys Canterville Chase, they find the ghost ridiculous and quaint, and life in the stately home is turned upside down. The young twins take particular delight in tormenting ghostly Sir Simon, and only Virginia, the sweet 15-year-old daughter, feels compassion for him and sets him free.
The Canterville Ghost was first created by London Children’s Ballet in 2005 with a scenario written by LCB founder Lucille Briance MBE and choreography by David Fielding, an exceptionally talented choreographer and former Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer. Unfortunately, Fielding passed away just two years after creating The Canterville Ghost, and LCB will be reviving his brilliant work to introduce this wonderful ballet to a new generation. The revival will be staged by Fielding’s original Ballet Mistress, Victoria Collinson. Other creatives include Philip Hesketh (Musical Director), Arnim Friess (Lighting Design), Kate Ford (Costume Design), and set based on the original design by Andrea Harper.
London Children’s Ballet productions are an ideal way to introduce children to ballet and classical music. Performed by an all-child cast, the star quality of the dancers aged 9 –16 and brilliantly told stories make LCB ballets a sell-out success year after year. The productions are set to stunning original classical scores and played by a live orchestra.
Premiere: Thursday, 19 April – 18:30 (Sponsored by Big Yellow Self Storage)
Press Night: Friday, 20 April – 18:30
Saturday, April 21 – 13:30 and 17:30
Sunday, April 22 – 12:30 and 16:30
Artistic Director – Lucille Briance
Choreographer – David Fielding
Composer – Artem Vassiliev
Musical Director – Philip Hesketh
Lighting Designer – Arnim Friess
Set Design – Andrea Harper
Photography Credit – Photography by ASH