Anne of Green Gables will be turned into a ballet for the first time by the UK’s leading children’s ballet company, London Children’s Ballet. A spritely 11-year-old orphan, Anne Shirley, is adopted by mistake when an elderly brother and sister ask an orphanage to send them a boy to help on the farm. Instead, Anne arrives.
Her wild and wonderful imagination is matched only by her fierce temper, which gets her into hot water with everyone. But Anne’s courage, kindness and loyalty shine through, and the local village are eventually won over by her irrepressible spirit.
The charming classic by Canadian author LM Montgomery has been a family favourite since it was first published in 1908. It has been turned into a ballet for the first time by London Children’s Ballet, the UK’s leading children’s ballet company. London Children’s Ballet (LCB) productions are performed by a talented company of 50 young dancers, aged 9-16, and set to the music of a live orchestra.
Hugely popular among family audiences, LCB ballets are told in two 40-minute acts and are perfect for audiences aged 5-14. Packed with humour, drama and beautiful corps de ballet scenes, LCB ballets are made to appeal to boys, girls and adults alike.
Image description: Two children aged about ten, in nineteenth-century costume, in a pas de deux. A girl with red braids leaps, her feet in pink ballet slippers, her knees tucked up to her waist, her arms flung forward. She wears a full gingham dress and white apron. Behind her, a smiling boy in breeches and braces clasps her waist as if catching her.
Artistic Director – Ruth Brill
Musical Director – Philip Hesketh
Choreographer – Jenna Lee
Rehearsal Director – Daisy West
Composer – Gus Nicholson
Production Designer – Elin Steele
Lighting Designer – Mark Jonathan
Original Story – LM Montgomery
Scenario – Zoë Vickerman
Videographer: Grant Archer
Anne of Green Gables is an original commission for London Children’s Ballet.
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