Frederick Ashton and His Ballets

1955

Rinaldo and Armida
A Dance-Drama in one scene* (after an episode in Ierusalemme liberata by Torquato Tasso)
M Malcolm Arnold
Curtain SC Peter Rice
D Rinaldo, a warrior: Michael Somes; Armida, an enchantress:
Svetlana Beriosova; Sibilla, a sorceress: Julia Farron; Gandolfo, Rinaldo's companion: Ronald Hynd
FP Sadler's Wells Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, 6 January 1955

*subtitle added 24 January 1956

Variations on a Theme by Purcell
M Benjamin Britten (Variations and fugue on a theme by Purcell,
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, opus 34)
SC Peter Snow
D Elaine Fifield, Nadia Nerina, Rowena Jackson, Alexander Grant, David Blair, Michael Boulton, Philip Chatfield, Ronald Hynd, Gary Burne, Ronald Plaisted, and corps de ballet
FP Sadler's Wells Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, 6 January 1955

Madame Chrysanthème
Ballet in one act and five scenes by Frederick Ashton and Vera Bowen, adapted from the book by Pierre Loti
M Alan Rawsthorne
SC Isabel Lambert
D Pierre, a French sailor: Alexander Grant; Yves, his brother: Desmond Doyle; Mme Chrysanthème: Elaine Fifield; Mme Renoncule, her mother: Elizabeth Kennedy; M Très-Propre, her father: Franklin White; M Kangarou, a marriage broker: Ray Powell; Mlle Wistéria, a courtesan: Anne Heaton; Mlle Pluie d'Avril, a courtesan: Pauline Clayden; Mlle Pureté, Mlle Prune, cousins of Chrysanthème: Merle Park, Angela Walton; A Dignitary: Leslie Edwards; Bambou, a boatman and richshaw boy: Roy Taylor; Government Officials, Mousmés and Mouskos--Chrysanthème's Friends, Djinn: corps de ballet
FP Sadler's Wells Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, 1 April 1955

Romeo og Julie (Romeo and Juliet)
Ballet in three acts, ten scenes, and epilogue after William Shakespeare
Production by Frederick Ashton
M Serge Prokofiev (ballet, opus 64)
SC Peter Rice
D Romeo: Henning Kronstam; Juliet: Mona Vangsaae; Mercutio; Frank Schaufuss; Tybalt: Niels Bj?rn Larsen; Benvolio; Flemming Flindt; Paris: Kjeld Noack; Nurse: Britta Cornelius- Knudsen; Peter, a page: J?rn Madsen; Brother Lorenzo: Jan Holm; Lady Capulet: Lillian Jensen; Lord Capulet: Svend Erik Jensen; The Duke of Verona: Poul Vessel; Rosaline: Kirsten Ralov; Friends of Juliet: Aase Bonde, Ruth Andersen, Ellin Bauer, Elisabeth Enevoldsen, Mette Mollerup, Kirsten Simone; Troubadours: Anker ?rskov, Verner Andersen, Tage Wendt; Servants, Guests at the Ball, Citizens: corps de ballet
FP Royal Danish Ballet, Kongelige Teater, Copenhagen, 19 May 1955

ST London Festival Ballet; Balcony scene only; R Niels Bj?rn Larsen and Frederick Ashton; D Romeo: Peter Schaufuss; Juliet: Gaye Fulton; FP Coliseum, London, 9 April 1973

ST Royal Danish Ballet; Balcony scene only; R Henning Kronstam:
D Romeo: Arne Villumsen; Juliet: Lis Jeppesen;
FP Metropolitan Opera House (gala performance), New York NY,
13 May 1984

NP London Festival Ballet; R Niels Bjørn Larsen and Frederick
Ashton; SC Peter Rice (new, further revised 1989):
D Romeo: Peter Schaufuss; Juliet: Katherine Healy;
Mercutio: Raffaele Paganini; Tybalt: Nicholas Johnson;
Benvolio: Matz Skoog; Paris: Patrick Armand; Lady Capulet Kirsten Ralov; Lord Capulet: Niels Bj?rn Larsen; Juliet's Nurse: Freya Dominic; Peter, a Page: Matthew Hart; Prince of Verona: Frank Schaufuss; Livia, lover of Mercutio [formerly Rosaline]: Janette Mulligan; Mandolin Dance: Craig Randolph, Matz Skoog, Darryl Norton
FP Coliseum, London, 23 July 1985

NP Royal Danish Ballet; R Peter Schaufuss and Marilyn Vella- Gatt; SC Peter Rice:
D Romeo: Johan Kobborg; Juliet: Michelle Larsen Mercutio: Thomas Lund; Tybalt: Vladimir Damianov; Paris: Mads Blangstrup; Lady Capulet: Kirsten Simone; Lord Capulet: Tommy Frishoi; Juliet's Nurse: Jette Buchwald;Peter: Ulrik Birkkjær; Prince of Verona: Lars Damsgaard; Livia: Rose Gad;
Friar Lawrence: Jan Holme; Mandolin Dance: Thomas Flindt Jeppesen, Fernando Mora, Martin Vedel
FP Kongelige Teater, Copenhagen, 16 March 1996

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