Frederick Ashton and His Ballets


Lament of the Waves
Devised by Frederick Ashton
M Gérard Masson (Dans le deuil des vagues II)
S Bill Culbert, adapted from his multiple work "Cubic Projections"
C Derek Rencher
Curtain Jacques Dupont (from Pelléas et Mélisande)
D Marilyn Trounson, Carl Myers
FP Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, 9 February 1970

Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (The Creatures of Prometheus)
An allegorical ballet in prologue and one act
M Ludwig van Beethoven, edited by John Lanchbery (ballet, opus 43)
SC Ottowerner Meyer
D Prometheus: Hendrik Davel; Creatures: Doreen Wells, Kerrison Cooke; Apollo: Paul Clarke; Eros: Paul Benson; Thalia, Muse of Comedy: Alfreda Thorogood; Mars: Adrian Grater; Melpomene, Muse of Tragedy: Sandra Conley; Bacchus: David Morse; Terpsichore, Muse of Dancing: Brenda Last; Warriors, Pastorale: corps de ballet
FP Royal Ballet touring section, Theater der Stadt Bonn, 6 June 1970

ST Royal Ballet; D as above except Male Creature: David Wall;
Eros: Frank Freeman; FP Royal Opera House, London, 31 October 1970

Tales of Beatrix Potter
An EMI Films production
Produced by Richard Goodwin
Directed by Reginald Mills
Screenplay by Richard Goodwin and Christine Edzard, from The Twle of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of
Mrs Tittlemouse, The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, The Tale of Pigling Bland, The Tale of Jeremy Fisher, The Tale of Two Bad Mice, and The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, by Beatrix Potter
Photographed by Austin Dempster
M John Lanchbery, based on themes by M W Balfe, George Jacobs,
Ludwig Minkus, Jacques Offenbach, Arthur Sullivan, et al
SC Christine Edzard
Masks by Rostislav Doboujinsky
Players: Beatrix Potter: Erin Geraghty; The Nurse: Joan Benham; The Butler; Wilfred Babbage
D Mrs Tiggy-Winkle: Frederick Ashton; Peter Rabbit: Alexander Grant; Mrs Tittlemouse; Julie Wood; Johnny Townmouse: Keith Martin; Jemima Puddle-Duck: Ann Howard; Fox: Robert Mead;

Pigling Bland: Alexander Grant; Mrs Pettitoes: Sally Ashby; Black Berkshire Pig: Brenda Last; Jeremy Fisher: Michael Coleman; Tom Thumb: Wayne Sleep; Hunca Munca: Lesley Collier; Squirrel Nutkin: Wayne Sleep; Owl: Leslie Edwards; Tabitha Twitchie: Sally Ashby; Town Mice, Pigs, Squirrels, Country Mice; Carole Ainsworth, Avril Bergen, Jill Cooke, Graham Fletcher, Bridget Goodricke, Garry Grant, Suzanna Raymond, Rosemary Taylor, Anita Young
Filmed autumn 1970; release date 1 April 1971

NP Royal Ballet: stage version; R Anthony Dowell and Christopher Carr; SC Christine Edzard with Catherine Goodley; masks by Rostislav Doboujinsky:
D Johnny Town-mouse: Anthony Bourne; Mrs Tittlemouse: Larissa Bamber; Mrs Tiggy-Winkle: Iain Webb; Jemima Puddle-Duck: Sarah Walton; Fox: Christopher Saunders; Pigling Bland: Peter Abegglen; Pig-wig: Belinda Hatley; Mr Jeremy Fisher: William Trevitt; Tom Thumb: Jonathan Howells; Hunca Munca: Nicola Roberts; Peter Rabbit: Ashley Page; Squirrel Nutkin: Matthew Hart
FP Royal Opera House, 4 December 1992

ST Royal Ballet School; excerpts only: D Mrs Tiggy-Winkle: Jo Danyluk; FP Royal Opera House, 17 July 1993

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