Premiere of first ballet in England The Loves of Mars and Venus
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The Loves of Mars and Venus was the first ballet performed in Britain. It was premiered on Saturday, March 2, 1717 at the Drury Lane Theater in London. English choreographer John Weaver created the ballet using as his primary source Peter Anthony Motteux’s play, The Loves of Mars and Venus.
The role of Venus was performed by the beautiful English theater star Hester Santlow, She was paired with the suave and elegant French court dancer, Monsieur Dupré,