I have only gone to the theatre to see a ballet once, and that was years and years ago. In this book I’ve learnt some famous ballets.
I have naturally heard of “The Swan Lake”, but I don’t know much about what the story is about. In the book we learn that the main character in this ballet is Odette. Swan Lake is a ballet composed by Tchaikovsky in 1875–76. Despite its initial failure, it is now one of the most popular of all ballets. It tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse.
Another one, which I have never heard of, is Giselle. Giselle is a romantic ballet in two acts. The ballet is about a peasant girl named Giselle, who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another.
Coppélia is a comic ballet originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Léon to the music of Léo Delibes. Dr. Coppélius is a doctor who has made a life-size dancing doll. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village youth, becomes infatuated with it and sets aside his true heart’s desire, Swanhilda. She shows him his folly by dressing as the doll, pretending to make it come to life and ultimately saving him from an untimely end at the hands of the inventor.
Hester’s first appearance on stage is in the Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet. On Christmas Eve, a little girl named Marie falls asleep after a party at her home and dreams herself ) into a fantastic world where toys become larger than life
When Hester starts her career, she often visits Lyons Corner House with her friends Dinah and Nell. It is a café/department store that often appears in books that portrays London in the 1940/50s.