The Dream Mixed
The Royal Ballet brings its celebrations of 70 years at the Royal Opera House to a close with a mixed programme of works by its Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton.Booking from: Friday, 2nd June 2017
Booking until: Thursday, 8th June 2017
A programme of three great works by Frederick Ashton closes The Royal Ballet’s Season. Shakespeare’s story and Mendelssohn’s delightful music provide the basis for his much-loved interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In an evocative woodland setting, Oberon, King of the Fairies, concocts a mischievous plot to teach his Queen Titania a lesson. Aggravated by the impish Puck, unwitting mortals add to the comic confusions of love. Ashton’s Symphonic Variations is a sublime homage to classical ballet set to the rich, anguished lyricism of Franck’s similarly titled score. For many, it is the ultimate distillation of the English tradition. Finally, we have Marguerite and Armand: set to Liszt’s dramatic Piano Sonata in B minor, this evocation of La Dame aux camellias is one of Ashton’s most passionate creations.
Royal Opera House on the Map
How to get there: (3 mins) The Opera House is off Covent Garden piazza, which is visible from the tube station exit. There is a revolving door entrance at the piazza.