The Merry Widow by The Australian Ballet (1993)

2020 Digital Season | 06 August 2020

Expires 5pm (AEST) Thursday 20 August 2020 

This production is brought to you free by our Production Partner Van Cleef Arpels  


Irresistibly frothy and lavishly theatrical, The Merry Widow has enough tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers to fuel a French farce. The tiny nation 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 she hasn’t forgiven him for jilting her years ago.  

Based on the beloved operetta, this lively tale will transport you to the ballrooms of Belle Époque Paris and is overflowing with champagne, romance, glitz and glamour.  

Our vintage 1993 production stars some of our greatest dancers: Lisa Pavane, Steven Heathcote, David McAllister and Colin Peasley.  


Choreography Ronald Hynd 
Scenario and staging Robert Helpmann 
Music Franz Lehár 
Original book and lyrics Victor Léon and Leo Stein 
This balletic version has been made by courtesy of the composer’s and librettists’ heirs and by special arrangement with Glocken Verlag Limited, London. 
Musical adaptation and additional music
John Lanchbery 
Orchestration John Lanchbery and Alan Abbott 
Set and costume design Desmond Heeley 
Lighting design William Akers 
with State Orchestra of Victoria (now known as Orchestra Victoria) 
Conductor Noel Smith 
Concertmaster Robert John 


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