Anton DOLIN (1904-1983)

Anton Dolin
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Anton Dolin, ballet dancer and choreographer, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at London's Royal Academy of Dance.


Anton joined Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1921, becoming a principal in 1924. He appeared in West End revues and shows and later became principal with Ninette de Valois' fledgling company, where he danced with Alicia Markova. Later in the 1930s he and Markova formed their own companies - the Markova-Dolin Ballet and the London Festival Ballet.


As artisitic director as well as principal dancer with the Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet), he took advantage of the post war ballet boom, shaping the repertoire and successfully combining popularity with creative programming.


“It's a good thing you're good looking, otherwise I'd kill you!”

Anna Meadmore, curator of The Royal Ballet's White Lodge Museum, recalls This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in April 2013

Screenshots of Anton Dolin This Is Your Life (click images to enlarge)

programme details...

  • Edition No: 488
  • Subject No: 486
  • Broadcast date: Wed 12 Apr 1978
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Wed 5 Apr 1978
  • Venue: Euston Road Studios
  • Series: 18
  • Edition: 21
  • Code Name: Plus

on the guest list...

  • John Gilpin
  • John Perry
  • John Curry
  • Alicia Markova
  • Anthony - brother
  • Louise - sister-in-law
  • Suzanne - niece
  • Tony - nephew
  • Mike - nephew
  • Phillip - nephew
  • Gracie Cone
  • Dame Ninette de Valois
  • Antoinette Sibley
  • Anthony Dowell
  • Jessie Matthews
  • Florence Desmond
  • Prof Thomassen
  • Beryl Grey
  • Michael Soames
  • Wayne Sleep
  • Lynn Seymour
  • Maina Gielgud
  • Alfreda Thorogood
  • David Wall
  • Maris Liepa
  • Princess Antoinette Of Monaco
  • Filmed tribute:
  • Evelyn Laye

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production team...

  • Researchers: Maurice Leonard, Lavinia Warner
  • Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley
  • Directors: Royston Mayoh, Terry Yarwood
  • Producer: Jack Crawshaw
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 18 subjects: Richard Beckinsale > Peter Ustinov > Virginia Wade > Robert Arnott > Lin Berwick > Bob Paisley > The Bachelors > David Broome > Arthur English > Barry Sheene > Margot Turner > Pat Coombs > Michael Croft > Max Boyce > Nicholas Parsons > Richard Goolden > Ian Hendry > Marti Caine > Ian Wallace > Dennis Waterman > Anton Dolin > Terry Wogan > William Franklyn > Richard Murdoch > Harry Patterson > Jule Styne > Mike Yarwood