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The Prospect Before Us (ballet)

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Choreographer  Ninette de Valois
Original ballet company  Vic-Wells Ballet
Type  Comic ballet
Premiere  4 July 1940
Design  Roger Furse
Music  William Boyce, arranged by Constant Lambert

The Prospect Before Us is a one act comic ballet in seven scenes, choreographed for the Vic-Wells Ballet by Ninette de Valois to music by William Boyce arranged by Constant Lambert.



With its premiere in 1940, the first year of the war, de Valois set out to produce a light-hearted and jolly piece of escapism. Inspied by an eponymous 18th century engraving by Thomas Rowlandson, it has an intricate plot about the rivalry of two 18th century theatrical managers who fight over a troupe of dancers that includes Didelot, Noverre, and Vestris. The final scene with Robert Helpmann as Mr. O'Reilly doing a "drunk dance" is well known.

Premiere cast

  • Robert Helpmann as Mr. O'Reilly of the Pantheon
  • Claude Newman as Mr. Taylor of the King's Theatre
  • Frederick Ashton as Monsieur Noverre
  • Alan Carter as Monsieur Didelot
  • John Hart as Monsieur Vestris
  • John Field
  • Deryk Mendel
  • Michael Somes
  • Leslie Edwards
  • Pamela May
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