Marie: “No Cake for You”

stanton-welch_s-marieMs. Antoinette never said that famous line, “Let them eat cake,” in response to hearing the French people were suffering from a bread shortage in the late 1700’s. Lauren Freeman loves Marie’s story and swears by that assertion. Anyway, this week The Houston Ballet presents “Marie” by Stanton Welch.

Welch’s three-act narrative ballet was inspired by the life of the legendary French queen, Marie Antoinette, who was born an Austrian arch duchess in 1755, married the future French King Louis XVI at the age of fifteen, and was executed by guillotine at the height of the French Revolution in 1793. London-based Canadian designer Kandis Cook created the scenery and costumes for the production. Houston Ballet Music Director Ermanno Florio arranged the score, featuring music by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Houston Ballet showcases six performances at Wortham Theater Center in downtown Houston. They run from February 26th – March 8th.  For tickets, call 713 227-2787 or visit

Here’s an interesting article about the show from the Associated Press.

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