BBC unearths footage of Dame Margot Fonteyn being kissed by her prince in The Sleeping Beauty, over 50 years since it was last seen
Lost footage of Dame Margot Fonteyn being kissed by her handsome prince in a landmark production of The Sleeping Beauty has been unearthed by the BBC after more than half a century.
The ballet was broadcast to the nation in December 1959. Fonteyn starred as Princess Aurora opposite Michael Somes, her long-time dance partner at The Royal Ballet.
The black and white film was placed in the BBC archives but, for reasons unknown, Act II was lost and two copies of Act I were wrongly filed instead. Act II featured the famous moment when the prince awakens Sleeping Beauty from her 100-year slumber with a tender kiss.
That error meant the ballet could not be broadcast again, and only excerpts have been seen since.
Last year, BBC researchers spent months scouring the archive and found a surviving copy of Act II.
Although not the best quality – it is not a master tape, but was taken from the TV monitor filming the ballet – it is being digitally enhanced by the corporation to make the images clearer.
Source: Daily Telegraph
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