Frederick Ashton and His Ballets


M William Walton (1928)
C for Pearl Argyle by Matilda Etches
D Pearl Argyle, Robert Helpmann
FP Vic-Wells Ballet, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 24 January 1936

See 1972, Siesta


A ballet on romantic themes arranged by Constant Lambert
M Franz Liszt, arranged by Constant Lambert, orchestrated by Gordon Jacob
(Prologue: Consolation No 3 in D flat major
Valse oubliée No 1
Nocturne: Schlaflos, Frage und Antwort
Interlude; Ungarisch, from Weihnachtsbaum, No 11
Jadis, from Weihnachtsbaum, No 10
Tableau I: Polnisch, from Weihnachtsbaum, No 9
Galop in A minor
Elegy No 2
Tableau II: Evening Bells, from Weihnachtsbaum, No 9
Scherzoso, from Weihnachtsbaum, No 5
Carillon, from Weihnachtsbaum, No 6
Unstern (Sinistre, Disastro)
Tableau III: Mephisto Valse, No 3
Epilogue: R[ichard] W[agner]--Venezia
Consolation No 1, reprise)
SC Cecil Beaton
D The Poet: Robert Helpmann; The Woman in Ball Dress: Margot Fonteyn; The Hussar: Harold Turner; The Monk: Maurice Brooke; Ladies of Fashion, Dandies, Belfry Spirits, etc: corps de ballet
FP Vic-Wells Ballet, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 11 February 1936

NP Sadler's Wells Ballet; new SC Cecil Beaton (further revised 17 November 1952):
D The Poet: Robert Helpmann; The Woman in Ball Dress: Margot Fonteyn
FP Royal Opera House, London, 24 March 1949

ST Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet; D The Poet: John Field; The Woman in Ball Dress: Anne Heaton; FP Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 28 January 1957; Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 4 July 1957

ST Royal Ballet, Tribute to Sir Frederick Ashton, Ballroom Scene
(Tableau I) only; D The Poet: Rudolf Nureyev; The Woman in Ball Dress: Margot Fonteyn; Royal Opera House, London, 24 July 1970

ST Ballet for All; excerpt from Tableau I only: FP Spa Pavilion,
Felixstowe, 13 October 1972

NP London Festival Ballet; R Jean Bedells; SC William Chappell, after Cecil Beaton:
D The Poet: Peter Schaufuss
The Lady in the Ball Dress [sic]: Natalia Makarova
FP Coliseum, London, 13 July 1987

See 1956, The Beloved

[The Town Talks]
Revue by Vivian Ellis and Arthur Macrae
Staged by Robert Nesbitt
Dances and ensembles by Freddie Carpenter
The Hat by Frederick Ashton
M Vivian Ellis
S Harry Clifford
C Felix Harbord, Kit Yorke, Nick Zuber, Adrian, Violet Norton, Charles Judd, et al
Players: June, Arthur Riscoe, Phyllis Stanley, George Benson
The Hat
Devised by Vivian Ellis
D The Vendeuse: June; The Customer: Gertrude Musgrove
FP Presented by André Charlot, Palace Theatre, Manchester, 26 February 1936; Vaudeville Theatre, London, 11 March 1936

[Die Fledermaus]
Operetta in three acts by Carl Haffner and Richard Genée, after Le Réveillon by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
M Johann Strauss Jr (1874)
Produced by Clive Carey
Dance arranged by Frederick Ashton
SC O F Smyth
Cast: Dorothy Kingston, Winifred Kennard, Morgan Jones, Tudor Davies, Valetta Iacopi, John Greenwood
D Pamela May, Robert Helpmann, Joy Newton, Gwyneth Mathews, June Brae, Anne Spicer, Wenda Horsburgh, Richard Ellis, Michael Somes
FP Vic-Wells Opera, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 28 October 1936

Ballet in one scene by Edward Sackville-West
M Frederick Delius (Paris, Ein Nachtstück: The Song of a Great City, 1899)
SC Sophie Fedorovitch
D A Spectator: Frederick Ashton; A Young Man: Robert Helpmann; A Rich Girl (later called A Young Girl): June Brae; A Poor Girl (later called A Flower Girl): Margot Fonteyn; Maskers, Revellers: corps de ballet
FP Vic-Wells Ballet, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 10 November 1936

ST Sadler's Wells Ballet; D as above except A Young Girl: Pamela May; FP Royal Opera House, London, 18 March 1946

ST Royal Ballet; Tribute to Sir Frederick Ashton; excerpt only:
D A Poor Girl: Margot Fonteyn; A Spectator: Michael Somes;
Royal Opera House, London, 24 July 1970

[Home and Beauty]
Charles B Cochran's Coronation Revue, by A P Herbert
Devised and staged by John Murray Anderson
Libretto directed by Frank Collins
M Nicholas Brodszky and Henry Sullivan
S Raoul Pène du Bois
C Raoul Pène du Bois, Norman Hartnell, et al
Players: Binnie Hale, Nelson Keys, Gitta Alpar, Norah Howard, Sepha Treble, Iris March, Greta Gynt, Betty Driver, Leslie
French, Rawicz and Landauer (in chorus, Michael Wilding,
Rosamund John)
Act I Scene 3 Dressing for Dinner
Scene 10 The Tapestry Room
Act II Scene 1 Seeing the Estate
Scene 6 At the Music-Room Window: Twilight Sonata
D The Statues: Greta Gynt, Frank Staff
FP Presented by Charles B Cochran, Opera House, Manchester, 23 December 1936; Adelphi Theatre, London, 2 February 1937

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