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Thursday 19th until Sunday 22nd April 2018
London Children's Ballet present:
THE CANTERVILLE GHOST
as choreographed by the late David Fielding.
"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.
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
uses dance to change lives and inspire excellence in young people. Through
the creation of original West End ballet productions, LCB gives talented
young dancers from all backgrounds the chance to be part of a professional
ballet company, receiving over 100 hours of expert training and performance
experience for free. It is the only ballet opportunity of its kind that does
not charge a fee, which means there is no barrier to talent, and over 80% of
LCB dancers say they could not have taken part if they had to pay for the
opportunity. Over 10,000 children have auditioned for the company over its
24-year history. LCB also brings dance and classical music to those who
would never usually have the opportunity to experience it. Its ‘Ballet for
£1’ programme enables 2,000 primary school children from disadvantaged areas
and charities for the elderly to attend matinee performances for just £1 a
ticket. School-based dance workshops are given to all schools attending
Ballet for £1 performances, which is particularly valuable at this point
where arts funding in schools is being cut so drastically. Finally, through
four young touring companies, LCB takes specially tailored ballet
performances and interactive sessions into schools for young people with
special educational needs, nursing homes for the elderly and hospices.
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
£14, £17, £24, £30, £39, £55
Tickets available through The Peacock website at