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Ballet in one act with choreography and libretto by Ashton, music by Mendelssohn (arr. Lanchbery), scenery by Henry Bardon, and costumes by David Walker. Premiered 2 Apr. 1964 by the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, London, with Sibley, Dowell, K. Martin, and A. Grant. It was created to mark Shakespeare's quatercentenary and broadly follows the plot of his A Midsummer Night's Dream. However, its central characters are effectively Oberon and Titania, the roles which launched the partnership of Sibley and Dowell. It has been revived by several companies including Royal Ballet Touring Company (designs by Peter Farmer, 1966), also by Australian Ballet (1969), Joffrey Ballet (1973), Royal Swedish Ballet (1975), National Ballet of Canada (1978), Ballet West (1985), and American Ballet Theatre (2002). Other treatments of the same story include Petipa (St Petersburg, 1877), Fokine (St Petersburg, 1906), Balanchine (New York, 1962), Neumeier (Hamburg, 1977), and de Warren (Manchester, 1981).

Subjects: Dance.

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