News: Stanley Holden

Monday 21 May 2007

The popular character actor – particularly remembered for his comedic roles with the Royal Ballet, died recently at the age of 79.

‘He retired in 1969, dancing Widow Simone [in Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardée] and receiving a 25-minute standing ovation from the Royal Opera House audience.’ Guardian, 21 May 07

‘His studio became a magnet not only for apprentice dancers, but for celebrated professionals: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, Gelsey Kirkland all went there when American Ballet Theatre was on tour.’ Independent, 21 May 07

‘There can be no doubt about it: Stanley Holden was the finest and funniest comedian produced by the Royal Ballet School.’ Times, 21 May 07

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