The Royal Ballet Company - of which Dame Margot Fonteyn is a member -- arrived back in London Apl 22 after an eight month's tour of Australia and New Zealand.
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Background: The Royal Ballet Company - of which Dame Margot Fonteyn is a member -- arrived back in London Apl 22 after an eight month's tour of Australia and New Zealand. The 55 members of the company travelled in a chartered aircraft.
Mr. John Field, director of the company, said that they had a wonderful reception and packed houses throughout the tour. He added that he and the other members knew little of Dame Margot's arrest and subsequent release by the Panamanian authorities as they had been travelling for the past three days.
Dame Margot left the tour on Apl 7, Mr. Field said, adding that "she was quite happy then and never discussed politics with us. I think she is a full-time ballerina and has no time for politics".
Mr. Field said that rumours had reached the company and everybody had been "extremely worried" about Dame Margot.
On Apl 22 the famous British ballerina was released from the Panama City jail where she was held for nearly 24 hours for suspected collaboration with her husband Panamanian Dr. Roberto Arias in "a plot of vast ramifications" to overthrow the Panamanian government. The 39-year-old international star was immediately expelled because her stay in the country was "inconvenient". She flew to New York via Miami and is expected to continue to London soon.