A plaque has gone up inside the artists’ entrance at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Small in size, it’s a giant step for a campaign by a group of elderly dancers who have worked for years to right a great wrong – to honour the country’s largest ballet company of the wartime years and the invisible woman of British ballet.
In 1941, when she was 22, Mona Inglesby founded the International Ballet. For the next 13 years, through some of the worst austerity Britain has ever known, she ran it entirely on the basis of its box-office success. It’s a feat never repeated by any ballet company since.