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The Pony in our current performances of La Fille mal gardée is indeed Peregrine, the same pony used by the Royal Ballet for their production. Claire Lishman, our Media and PR Officer, met Peregrine last week in London and writes:

‘I met Peregrine for the first time this week and instantly fell in love with him. His fringe is brilliant – I’m sure it shields him from all the drama that’s part and parcel of working in the theatre, and of course everybody’s lining up to give him some fuss and attention.

He comes from a proud line of performing ponies – his predecessor was called Lise, named after the lead character in La Fille mal gardé. Even though Shetland Ponies are famed for being small, I couldn’t believe just how small he is – I’m having to crouch down in the photo above just to get us both in shot. His small stature not only makes him extra cute, but means that on the rare ocassions when the dancer leading him onto the stage has found his foot caught beneath a hoof, they tend to escape without any serious injury!

When not performing, Peregrine is taken for walks outside (he is always looking for some grass… not an easy task in some cities we visit!), and he has his own area backstage to rest in, where he has his hay and treats. Because he’s so tiny and docile, he generally doesn’t need much space and as long as he’s kept well fed he’s happy. A number of people in London and Sunderland spotted him out and about around the theatre, so if you’re in Plymouth this week keep an eye out too!

Click here for details of our final performances of La Fille mal gardée in Plymouth tonight and tomorrow.

You can also find out more about Peregrine over on the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s backstage blog!


Claire Lishman is our Media and PR Officer, and is currently on the Northern leg of the split tour. Here she shares how last night’s opening performance went!

‘The opening night at Durham Gala Theatre was extremely well received by our fans in the North East. There was not a seat to be had in the packed auditorium so I gave up my seat and will wait to see the show in York on Friday night! But from talking to members of the audience in the intervals the Sleeping Beauty pas de deux with Jamie Bond and Natasha Oughtred was just breathtaking and left the audience wanting plenty more where that came from! And judging from the sound of the rapturous applause and cheering at the final curtain it sounded like Slaughter on Tenth Avenue went down a storm too!

‘Two shows today as Durham is basked in glorious sunshine. There is plenty of entertainment to be had between shows too, as Birmingham Royal Ballet’s crew, technicians and wardrobe staff battle it out (girls versus boys) in a rowing race down the river! Last time this happened the girls beat the boys ‘by a mile’ so the boys are fired up for restoring some pride. Watch this space for results and photos…’


Click here for details of performances in Yeovil and Truro
Click here for details of performances in Durham and York

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s website

Birmingham Royal Ballet on twitter