Frederick Ashton and His Ballets


[Riverside Nights]
An Entertainment in three parts, written and arranged by
A P Herbert and Nigel Playfair
Produced by Nigel Playfair
Dances arranged by Penelope Spencer
M Frederic Austin and Alfred Reynolds; additional music by Lord Berners, Dennis Arundell, Richard Leveridge, Harold Scott, and others
SC Philippe Forbes-Robertson, John Armstrong, James Whale, and The Cottars' Market
Players: Nigel Playfair, Elsa Lanchester, Richard Goolden, James Whale, George Baker, Harold Scott, Cavan O'Connor, Penelope Spencer, and others
FP Presented by Nigel Playfair, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 10 April 1926

During the General Strike of that year the revue transferred to the Ambassadors Theatre, then reopened at the Lyric with the addition of Frederick Ashton's first ballet:

A Tragedy of Fashion; or, The Scarlet Scissors
A Ballet by Ashley Dukes
M Eugene Goossens, arranged by Ernest Irving (Kaleidoscope, for piano, opus 18)
SC F.E.D. (Sophie Fedorovitch)
D Monsieur Duchic (a costumier): Frederick Ashton; Orchidée (his partner): Marie Rambert; Model 'Rose d'Ispahan': Frances James; Model 'Désir du Cygne': Elizabeth Vincent; The Viscountess Viscosa: Esme Biddle; The Viscount Viscosa OBE: W Earle Grey
FP Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 15 June 1926

NP Mayfair Company of English Dancers; solo for M Duchic only, under the title Youth--'The Swaggerer': D Frederick Ashton
FP Royal Academy of Music, London, 29 November 1926

NP Pupils of Marie Rambert; solo for Rose d'Ispahan only, under the title Mannequin Dance: D Diana Gould
FP Arts Theatre Club, London, 9 March 1928

(At a performance by Diana Gould and Harold Turner at the Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 8 October 1928, the programme included a short suite called Mannequin and her Beau, in three parts--She, He, and Pas de deux--of which the first was Mannequin Dance. Later, they sometimes danced the Pas de deux as a pendant to her solo, but according to Marie Rambert she herself arranged this. Mannequin Dance was included in the divertissements at the first performance by the Marie Rambert Dancers at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 25 January 1930, and thereafter)

NP Ballet Rambert; solo for Rose d'Ispahan only, under the title Mannequin Dance, R Frederick Ashton and Diana Gould:
D Sara Matthews
FP Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 11 June 1986

Pas de deux
M Frédéric Chopin (Prelude in A flat major, opus 28 no.17)
C Flora Fairbairn
D Phyllis Stickland, Frederick Ashton
FP Mayfair Dancers, probably summer of 1926 (date and place of first performance unknown)

See 1939, Pas de deux