Ballet productions presented by Darcey Bussell

Two Pigeons, one of two ballets presented at Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre
Two Pigeons, one of two ballets presented at Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre
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Two productions from The Royal Ballet, presented for cinema by Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell, will be screened live from Covent Garden in London to Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre on Tuesday January 26, at 7.15pm.

The event is part of the library theatre’s new season of live screenings, which gives residents an opportunity to experience a fantastic London show in the town. And in high-definition and with multiple cameras, you’ll be experiencing it from the best seat in the house.

The Royal Ballet pairing is made up of virtuoso showpiece Rhapsody and the ravishing The Two Pigeons, described by the Financial Times as “the happiest of dance events…a perfect work of balletic art”.

The delightful double-bill by founder choreographer of the Royal Ballet, Frederick Ashton, opens with the celebratory Rhapsody, danced by principals Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae. The rapturous pas de deux and dazzling solos still present a thrilling challenge for today’s generation of stars.

Following this is the sublime two-act ballet, The Two Pigeons. Charming, flirtatious and full of gentle humour, the work is danced by British principal Lauren Cuthbertson and Russian Vadim Muntagirov.

The story follows an artist in Paris who abandons his faithful love for an exotic and mysterious Gypsy Girl, only to realise the error of his ways. This is a tender and touching tale that even stars two live pigeons.

The double-bill will be a treat for Ashton fans and newcomers alike who can see the work of someone that the New York Times called, “one of the greatest classical choreographers of the 20th century.”

Tickets for this screening are £15 for adults and £13 concessions. To book tickets 0300 300 8125 or visit www.leightonbuzzardlibrarytheatre.co.uk. Booking fees apply at £1 per ticket.

Customers can also book tickets on the free mobile app which can be downloaded by searching for Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre via either the iTunes app store or Google Play.