The Merry Widow: a decadent tale of love, money and trickery

The Merry Widow has opened in Sydney at the Opera House for 20 performances until November 28. After an absence of over ten years, Sir Robert Helpmann and Ronald Hynd’s effervescent production returns in 2011 in celebration of The Australian Ballet’s history. Fabulous frocks and dashing aristocrats abound in this colourful, fun production of a much-loved classic.

Created by Helpmann and Hynd in 1975, The Merry Widow was the first full-length production ever created for The Australian Ballet and heralded the arrival of Australian ballet to the global dance community. It has since come to life on the world stage, performed by companies such American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet and most recently, Joffrey Ballet.

Last staged by The Australian Ballet in 2000, The Merry Widow is sure to be a treat for Sydney dance lovers. As the December season of Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet is already sold out, this is the last opportunity for many to see the company in action in 2011.

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Photo: Australian Ballet dancers Andrew Killian and Madeleine Eastoe. Photo by Jeff Busby