Façade

Choreographer: Frederick Ashton
Composer: William Walton
Set designer: John Armstrong
Costume designer: John Armstrong
Rambert premiere: 4 May 1931, Ballet Club, Mercury Theatre, London
World premiere: 26 Apr 1931, Camargo Society, Cambridge Theatre, London, United Kingdom
Work note: Taken into the repertoire shortly after its world premiere, 'Façade' was often later billed as 'the original version' because it did not contain Ashton's later additions.
Scene/role note: Seven sections: Scotch Rhapsody, Jodelling Song, Polka, Valse, Popular Song, Tango Pasodoble, Finale - Tarantella Sevillana.
Music title: Façade, Suite 1 (1926) and Suite 2 (1938)
Music details: Live music: early performances were accompanied by one or two pianos; later performances used: 2 flutes (doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion, 2 violins,
Source: Programme and reference file in the Rambert Archive; Vaughan, D. 'Frederick Ashton and His Ballets' (Alfred A. Knopf, 1977)
Archive catalogue: WORK/0046
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