Ferdinand Hérold

La Fille mal gardée

Making a welcome return to ABT’s repertoire after more than a decade, Frederick Ashton’s final full-length ballet features beautifully detailed characters and poetic lyricism perfectly suited to its story of young love. In this pastoral comedy, a farmer’s widow is determined to marry her daughter off to a wealthy man’s son rather than to the poor farmer with whom she is head-over-heels smitten. The picture-book countryside setting of maypoles, dancing hens, and a miniature pony adds to the bucolic backdrop of this sunny and lighthearted work.

  • Estimated Run Time
  • 1 hrs 59 mins
  • House Opens
  • Act I 62 minutes
  • Intermission 20 minutes
  • Act II 37 minutes
  • Ballet Ends
May 24 - May 30


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Composer Ferdinand Hérold

Choreography Frederick Ashton

Set & Costume Designer Osbert Lancaster

Lighting Designer Brad Fields