The Invitation (ballet)
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The Invitation Ballet

The Invitation is a one-act ballet with choreography and libretto by Kenneth MacMillan, created in 1960 for the Royal Ballet. The music, composed for the work, is by Mátyás Seiber. Featuring Lynn Seymour as The Girl and Desmond Doyle as The Husband, seduction and rape are at the heart of this piece which generated controversy at the time; particularly the scene of the rape. Lynn Seymour contributed greatly to the success of the performance. "If the Invitation is MacMillan's ballet, it is also Miss Seymour's" was written in The Times. [1] The first performance was on 10 November 1960 by the Royal Ballet Touring Company at the New Theatre Oxford. It was first given at the Royal Opera House on 30 December 1960.[2]

Original cast

New Theatre, Oxford, 10 November 1960:


  1. ^ The Royal Opera House Magazine, January 2016, p. 66.
  2. ^ "The Invitation (1960)", Royal Opera House Collections Online, retrieved 8 October 2014

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