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Royal Ballet:  Three Ballets

The Dream
Symphonic Variations
Marguerite and Armand

The Royal Ballet brings its celebrations of 70 years at the Royal Opera House to a close with a mixed program of works by its founder, choreographer Frederick Ashton. The Dream is Ashton’s adaption of Shakespeare’s riotous comedy in which a forest sprite plays havoc, armed with a love potion.  Symphonic Variations was Ashton’s first work after world War II, and one of the Company’s first to be performed on the huge main stage of the Royal Opera House, in 1946. With six dancers performing a series of quartets, duets, sextets and solos to Franck’s brooding Variations symphoniques, this seminal masterpiece celebrates the pure beauty of movement.

Marguerite and Armand is Ashton’s beautiful and emotional retelling of a well-known story, familiar to us all through Verdi’s opera La Traviata. Ashton famously created this poignant ballet for Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev in 1963.

Choreography, Frederick Ashton  Music, Felix Mendelssohn, Cesar Franck, Franz Liszt

Show Times
Wed, Jun 28 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Sun, Jul 2 1:00pm     Buy Tickets