English National Ballet
24 – 27 July 20014
by Judith Cruickshank
copyright 2014 by Judithi Cruickshank
English National Ballet rounded off its summer season with a revival of Ronald Hynd's loving production of “Coppélia”. In a programme note Hynd tells us that Coppélia was his first experience of ballet on stage and it was this that led him to a distinguished career as a principal with the Royal ballet and later work as both director and choreographer. It's easy to agree with his view that the ballet is “a perfectly constructed work” and Delibes' score is one of the loveliest ever written for a ballet. No less a composer than Tchaikovsky took it as a model for a full-evening ballet score.