Frederick Ashton and His Ballets

1938

Horoscope
Ballet in one act by Constant Lambert
M Constant Lambert
Curtain SC Sophie Fedorovitch
D The Young Man (Sun in Leo, Moon in Gemini): Michael Somes; The Young Woman (Sun in Virgo, Moon in Gemini); Margot Fonteyn; The Gemini: Richard Ellis, Alan Carter; The Moon: Pamela May; Followers of Leo, Followers of Virgo, Attendants on the Moon: corps de ballet
FP Vic-Wells Ballet, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 27 January 1938

ST Royal Ballet; Tribute to Sir Frederick Ashton; solo for the Moon only: D Vyvyan Lorrayne; Royal Opera House, London, 24 July 1970

ST Ballet for All; Young Man's solo only; FP Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 13 October 1972

The Judgment of Paris
M Lennox Berkeley
SC William Chappell
D Paris: Robert Helpmann; Venus: Pearl Argyle; Juno: Elizabeth Miller; Minerva: Mary Honer; Mercury: William Chappell
FP Vic-Wells Ballet, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 10 May 1938

[Running Riot]
A New Musical Show in Two Acts by Douglas Furber, from a plot by Guy Bolton and Firth Shephard
M and lyrics Vivian Ellis
The Play Produced by Leslie Henson and Herbert Bryan
Dances and ensembles by Jack Donohue; ballet produced by Frederick Ashton
S The Harkers and René Hubert
C René Hubert
Players: Leslie Henson and the Gaiety Theatre Company: Louise Browne, Fred Emney, Richard Hearne, Rosalind Atkinson, Gavin Gordon, Roy Royston
The Chinese Ballet
D The Dancer (Betty): Louise Browne; The Lover: Ann Coventry; The God Ambition: Arthur Ives; and corps de ballet
FP Gaiety Theatre, London, 31 August 1938

[Tannhäuser]
Opera by Richard Wagner (Paris version, 1861)
Produced by Clive Carey
Ballet arranged by Frederick Ashton
SC Charles Reading
Cast: Arthur Carson, Molly de Gunst, Joan Cross, Arnold Matters
Venusberg Scene
D The Three Graces: Pamela May, June Brae, Joy Newton; Eros:
Richard Ellis; and corps de ballet
FP Vic-Wells Opera, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 2 November 1938

Harlequin in the Street
Ballet after Jean-François Regnard (1656-1710)
M François Couperin, arranged by Constant Lambert, orchestrated by Gordon Jacob
(1 Prologue--Overture: 22me Ordre No 1, Le Trophée
2(a) Street Scene: 11me Ordre No 5, Les Fastes de la grande et ancienne M*n*str*nds, Deuxième Acte: 1er Air de Vieille--Les Vieilleux et les Gueux
(b) Knifegrinder*: 1er Ordre No 14, La Manon
(c) Commères: ?6me Ordre No 7, Les Commères
(d) Bread-boy: 2me Ordre No 12, La Diane
3 Messenger: 23me Ordre No 2, Les Tricoteuses
4 Man's Solo: 24me Ordre No 1, Les Fastes de la grande et
ancienne M*n*str*nds, Les vieux Seigneurs
5 Porters: 24me Ordre No 2, Les jeunes Seigneurs, cy-disant
Les Petits Maîtres, 2me Partie
6 Disguising Scene: 10me Ordre No 1, La Triomphante
7 L'Arlequin: ?23me Ordre No 3, L'Arlequin
8 La Superbe: 9me Ordre No 3, Les Charmes
9 Disguised Lovers: 6me Ordre No 1, Les Moissonneurs
10 Dénouement: 18me Ordre No 6, Le Tic-Toc-Choc, ou, Les Maillatins
11 Epilogue: 1st solo, reprise)
SC André Derain
D La Superbe: June Brae; Monseigneur: Michael Somes; Harlequin: Alan Carter; Porters: Stanley Hall, John Hart; Commères: Palma Nye, Jill Gregory, Patricia Garnett; Bird-Catcher: Richard Ellis; Bread Boy: Frank Staff; Letter Bearer: John Nicholson
FP Vic-Wells Ballet, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 10 November 1938

*It will be noted that this is a character from the earlier (1937) version of the ballet; presumably the second version, though revised and extended to the point of being an entirely new work, included music from the earlier version. The list given here is from the two-piano score arranged by Constant Lambert during World War II, now in the Music Library of the Royal Opera House, to which I am indebted for allowing me to examine it.

ST Royal Ballet; Tribute to Sir Frederick Ashton; excerpt only:
Royal Opera House, London, 24 July 1970

ST Ballet for All; solo for Harlequin only; R Alan Carter; FP
Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 11 October 1973

 

 

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