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Photograph

Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (photographed)

  • Date:

    26/04/1949 (photographed)
    1938

  • Artist/Maker:

    Keystone Press Agency Ltd.

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photograph

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Gerald Morice

  • Museum number:

    S.3500-2013

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Court Circular column of The Times noted, 26 April 1949, the information from Buckingham Palace given on 25 April 1949, that 'the Queen, accompanied by the Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, and the Princess Margaret, honoured with Her presence a performance of Cinderella at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, this evening, in honour of Sadler's Wells Ballet Benevolent Fund. The Lady Delia Peel and Major Arthur Penn were in atttendance.'

The evening's programme began with Frederick Ashton's Capriol Suite, designed by William Chappell, with music by Peter Warlock based on tunes by Arbeau, followed after the interval by Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, designed by Jean-Denis Malclès to music by Prokofieff. Cinderella was danced by Margot Fonteyn and her Ugly Stepsisters by Frederick Ashton and Robert Helpmann.

The Sadler's Wells Ballet started in 1931 at Sadler's Wells Theatre. By 1946 the original company became the resident ballet at Covent Garden while a second company took its place at Sadler's Wells Theatre where its principal aim was to provide a training ground for young dancers and new choreographers. The Vic Wells Ballet Fund (later to be called the Sadler's Wells Benevolent Fund) was established in 1936 to help the struggling company at the Sadler's Wells Theatre surmount its financial difficulties.

Physical description

Black and white press agency photograph of the interior of the interior of the Royal Opera House showing the stalls and four tiers of the interior, with the audience standing and the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret standing in the Royal Box, 26 April 1949, where they were attending a gala performance of Cinderella in aid of the Sadler's Wells Benevolent Fund.

Place of Origin

London (photographed)

Date

26/04/1949 (photographed)
1938

Artist/maker

Keystone Press Agency Ltd.

Materials and Techniques

Photograph

Marks and inscriptions

Queen and Princess Margaret go to the ballet. 26-4-1949. The Queen accompanied by Princess Margaret attended a gala performance of the ballet Cinderella in aid of Sadler's Wells Benevolent Fund at Covent Garden last evening. Keystone Photo shows:- General view in the Opera House as the Queen and Princess Margaret arrived last evening FO/JSS Keystone
Typed in blue on a label attached verso

J4903
pencilled reference number, verso

Dimensions

Height: 20.7 cm, Width: 15.2 cm

Descriptive line

Press agency photograph of the interior of the interior of the Royal Opera House with the Queen and Princess Margaret in the Royal Box, 25 April 1949, where they were attending a gala performance of Cinderella in aid of the Sadler's Wells Benevolent Fund. Black and white photograph by the Keystone Press Agency Ltd. Gerald Morice Collection.

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Photography

Categories

Photographs; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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