Irresistibly frothy and lavishly theatrical, The Merry Widow is filled with tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers.
The tiny town of Pontevedro is on the verge of bankruptcy, and the dashing Count Danilo must rescue his country by marrying the newly widowed and fabulously wealthy Hanna Glawari. Only when they meet does he realise that she’s his childhood sweetheart – and that she hasn’t forgiven him for jilting her years ago.
This lively tale is set in the ballrooms and salons of Belle Époque Paris and is dressed magnificently in velvets, silks, spangles and feathers.
With wow-moments, lavish glamour, show-stopping costumes and breathtaking dancing, The Merry Widow is a production you don't want to miss.
“This sumptuous soufflé of a ballet is possibly one of the best The Australian Ballet has produced.”
– The AustralianOLIVIA BELL AND ARTISTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET. PHOTOGRAPHY JEFF BUSBY
Dame Margot Fonteyn was 56 years old when she gave highly acclaimed performances in the role of Hanna during The Australian Ballet’s Washington and New York seasons of The Merry Widow in 1976.MARGOT FONTEYN PERFORMING THE MERRY WIDOW IN NEW YORK 1976. PHOTOGRAPHY MARTHA SWOPE
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Scenario Robert Helpmann
Choreography Ronald Hynd
Music Franz Lehár
Based on the operetta by Victor Léon and Leo Stein
Arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery
Costume and set design Desmond Heeley
Original lighting design Francis Croese
Presented by arrangement with Glocken Verlag Ltd
Generously supported by The Margaret Ellen Pidgeon Fund
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