MARGOT FONTEYN and ROBERT HELPMANN, JR. Program signed: "Margot Fonteyn" and "Robert Helpmann" on inside pages picturing each star, 10p, 7½x9¾. Leicester, circa 1950 June 19-20.

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MARGOT FONTEYN and ROBERT HELPMANN, JR. Program signed: "Margot Fonteyn" and "Robert Helpmann" on inside pages picturing each star, 10p, 7½x9¾. Leicester, circa 1950 June 19-20. Program for a performance by Margot Fonteyn and Robert Helpman at De Montfort Hall on Monday and Tuesday, June 19 and 20, 1950. Fonteyn and Helpmann are pictured on the front cover. Photographs of the other cast members, which included Pamela May, Harold Turner and Jane Brae, as well as Alec Sherman, the conductor of the New London Orchestra, are included. The complete program is listed on the center spread. Two newspaper clippings regarding the performance are affixed with tape to inside front cover. One of the world's greatest ballet dancers, Dame MARGOT FONTEYN (1919-1991), born Margaret Hookham in Surrey, England, joined the Royal Ballet (then Sadler's Wells Theatre) as a teenager. By 1939, Fonteyn, whose name had been changed because Britain's popular ballerinas were either Russian or French, was a star. Known for her lyric grace, her fame only escalated with her 1949 tour of the U.S., where she performed Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. In the 1940s, she danced regularly with Robert Helpmann, but it wasn't until 1962, when she was considering retirement, that she was matched with her best known partner, Soviet-born dancer Rudolf Nureyev. On March 1, 1962, Fonteyn and Nureyev debuted in Giselle, and the duo would later originate the title roles Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet (Fonteyn and Nureyev also starred in the 1966 film version of the ballet and in the 1967 film adaptation of Swan Lake). In 1955, Fonteyn married Panamanian diplomat Roberto "Tito" Arias, to whom she was wed until his death in 1989. Fonteyn, who was created Dame of the Order of the British Empire in 1956, gave her last performance in 1979. Australian-born dancer, choreographer and actor Sir ROBERT HELPMANN (1909-1986) would direct Fonteyn's world tour in 1963. He danced with Anna Pavlova during her Australian tour in 1926 before joining J.C. Williamson's company. Helpmann was premier danseur with Sadler's Wells 1933-1950, and he produced and choreographed several ballets. Helpmann, who was artistic director of the Australian Ballet from 1965 to 1976, also appeared in several feature films, including The Red Shoes (1948), 55 Days at Peking (1963), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and Second Time Lucky (1984, his last film). He also made a few guest appearances on television from 1953-1985 and co-starred with Katharine Hepburn in Shakespearean plays. Lightly creased and soiled. Pages, which have been taped together, have separated. Front cover has tape remnants at upper and lower margins, and is chipped and scuffed, back cover has tape remnants and is lightly soiled. Overall, fragile condition.

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