Frederick Ashton


Music: Serge Prokofiev

Designs: Henry Bardon and David Walker

Revised version first performed by Royal Ballet Company, Covent Garden, 23 Dec 1965.

Running time: Act I 42 min – Act II 37 min – Act III 21 min

Enigma Variations *

Music: Edward Elgar

Designs: Julia Trevelyan Oman

First performed by Royal Ballet Company, Covent Garden, 25 Oct 1968. A series of portraits of the composer, his wife and friends described in the music.

Running time: 36 min

Façade *

Photo courtesy of Sarasota Ballet

Music: William Walton

Designs: John Armstrong

First performed by Camargo Society, 24 Apr 1931. A series of comedy dances satirizing folk and popular dance forms.

Running time: 18 min

La Fille mal Gardée *

Music: Louis Ferdinand Herold (1828 score, adapted by John Lanchbery)

Designs: Osbert Lancaster

First performed by Royal Ballet Company, Covent Garden, 28 Jan 1960. One of Ashton’s masterpieces. Recent productions in Buenos Aires, Glasgow, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Stuttgart.

Running time: Act I 63 min – Act II 36 min

Les Patineurs (The Skaters)

Photo courtesy of Sarasota Ballet

Music: Giacomo Meyerbeer, arranged by Constant Lambert

Designs: William Chapell

First performed by Vic Wells Ballet, 16 Feb 1937. A divertissement using steps simulating the movements of ice skaters.

Running time: 27 min

Les Rendezvous

Photo courtesy of Ballet San José

Music: Daniel Auber, arranged by Constant Lambert

Original designs: William Chappell

First performed by Vic-Wells Ballet, 5 Dec 1933. Light-hearted dances for young people meeting in a park.

Runnint time: 22 min.

Monotones I & II *

Music: Erik Satie

Costumes: Frederick Ashton

First performed by Royal Ballet Company, Covent Garden, 24 Mar 1965. First pas de trois to Satie’s Trois Gymnopédies was so successful that a second part was added the following year using Trois Gnossiennes. Can be performed separately, or together.

Running time: Part I, 8 min – Part II, 12 mins


Music: Hans Werner Henze

Designs: Lila de Nobili

First performed: Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, 27 October 1958.

Running time: 2 hrs 40 minutes

Symphonic Variations

Music: César Franck

Designs: Sophie Fedorovitch

First performed by Sadler’s Wells Ballet, 24 Apr 1946. A plotless ballet reflecting the music, considered one of Ashton’s greatest masterpieces.

Running time: 18 min

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