Lady and the Fool

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Ballet in one act with libretto and choreography by Cranko, music by Verdi (arr. Mackerras), and design by Richard Beer. Premiered 25 Feb. 1954 at New Theatre, Oxford, by Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet with P. Miller, MacMillan, and Mosaval. It is set to a selection of music from Verdi's lesser-known operas and tells the humorously sentimental story of a society beauty, La Capricciosa, who rejects her aristocratic suitors in favour of two tramp figures, Moondog and Bootface. A revised version was performed by Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1955 and it has been revived for several companies including Stuttgart (1961), Berlin Opera Ballet (1965), Royal Danish Ballet (1971), and Houston Ballet (1978).

Subjects: Dance.

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