The Mercury Ballet (1936a)

UK, 5 November
broadcast live, black and white, 5:4
mono, English

A British fantasy television special. It was the first programme broadcast on British television to contain any fantasy content. This is the first of two live broadcasts on the same day (at 15:20) – the second was at 21:35. Neither broadcast was recorded.

Plot Summary

An anthology of performances by members of the Marie Rambert Company, including an extract from the fantasy ballet .


Music: Pavane and Tordion from Capriol Suite (Warlock, Choreography by Frederick Ashton); solo from Swan Lake/Sugar Plum Fairy (Tchaikovsky); Shepherd's Wooing (Handel arr. Beecham); solo from Foyer de Danse (Berners); Columbine (Tchaikovsky); La Golfeuse/Pompette (Hugh Bradford); Pas de trois from Alcina (Handel)

Marie Rambert's Company
Maude Lloyd
Walter Gore
Andree Howard
Frank Staff
Hugh Laing
The BBC Television Orchestra, leader, Boris Pecker, conductor, Hyam Greenbaum


See also
The Mercury Ballet (1936b)