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really would love to see Cinderella live sometime... but it seems to me it was not performed for the past 2-3 years and the only dvd existing is the Sibley Dowell one.

The Royal Ballet last performed Ashton's Cinderella at the Royal Opera House in the 2004/2005 season. There are rumours that it will be back for the 2009/10 Royal Ballet season which is due to be announced some time this month.

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recently, the only commercially available video of Ashton's CINDERELLA was the one noted above, however recently an NBC kinescope was also realsed on DVD, here are the credits for the telecast that was released as a DVD:

Cinderella/ NBC-TV ; choreography and adaptation for television by Frederick Ashton ; music by Sergei Prokofiev. U.S. : NBC-TV, 1957. (89 min.) : sd., b&w

Telecast April 29, 1957, on Producer's Showcase, NBC-TV.

Margot Fonteyn (Cinderella), Michael Somes (Prince), Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan (Ugly Sisters), Alexander Grant (Jester), Julia Farron (Fairy Godmother), Merle Park, Elaine Fifield, Annette Page, Svetlana Beriosova (Seasons), and artists of the Sadler's Wells Ballet.

also semi-available are off-the-air copies of a Collier/Dowell performance, which was once released as a video cassette by Kultur, as follows:

Cinderella / British Broadcasting Corporation and The Royal Opera House Covent Garden Limited ; presented by Covent Garden Pioneer ; directed for television by John Vernon ; choreography by Frederick Ashton ; music by Sergei Prokofiev. West Long Branch, N.J. : Kultur, c1969. (102 min.) : sd., col.

Danced by the Royal Ballet.

Antoinette Sibley (Cinderella) ; Anthony Dowell (the prince) ; Frederick Ashton and Robert Helpmann (Cinderella's step-sisters) ; Leslie Edwards (Cinderella's father) ; Georgina Parkinson (the fairy godmother) ; Alexander Grant (the jester) ; Keith Martin (the dancing master) ; Jonathan Kelly (a tailor) ; Julie Wood, Lois Strike (dressmakers) ; Douglas Steuart (the shoemaker) ; Gary Sinclaire (the hairdresser) ; Donald Kirkpatrick (a jeweller) ; Peter O'Brien (the coachman) ; Jennifer Penney (the fairy Spring) ; Vyvyan Lorrayne (the fairy Summer) ; Ann Jenner (the fairy Autumn) ; Deanne Bergsma (the fairy Winter) ; Chinko Rafique, Kenneth Mason, Gary Sherwood, David Drew (the prince's friends) ; Derek Rencher, Wayne Sleep (the step-sisters' suitors) ; and others.

Music performed by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by John Lanchbery.

Production devised and staged by Frederick Ashton ; scenery, Henry Bardon ; costumes, David Walker ; original stage lighting, William Bundy ; television lighting, James Thomas.

Recorded in performance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, England.

Ballet adaptation of the fairy tale of the same title

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Ashton's Cinderella will return to the ROH stage in the spring of 2010 according to the new season brochure. I'm happily anticipating lots of debuts both in the Cinders / Prince roles but also the Fairy Godmother as many of the dancers that used to do this role have moved on.

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