Frederick Ashton

Manon can be magnificent, this one was merely meh

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Manon: minx or martyr? There are two ways to play Kenneth MacMillan’s courtesan. Is Manon an ingénue, a guileless country…

Alina Cojocaru and Joseph Caley in Manon. Photo: Laurent Liotardo

One nasty moment aside, the ENB’s Manon is superlative

26 January 2019 9:00 am

If you like the BBC’s Les Misérables, you’ll love English National Ballet’s Manon. Manon, in Kenneth MacMillan’s telling, is The…

January as you would wish it: Royal Ballet’s Les Patineurs reviewed

5 January 2019 9:00 am

The Royal Ballet’s Les Patineurs is January as you would wish it. No slush, no new-year sales, no streaming chest…

The nymphs are hit and miss, but Osipova is a witty, multifaceted Sylvia: the Royal Ballet’s Sylvia reviewed

16 December 2017 9:00 am

You can pay homage to a ballet classic or you can tear it up and reinvent it. Both approaches were…

Tyrone Singleton and Jenna Roberts in MacMillan’s Concerto

Kenneth MacMillan: the dark genius of British ballet – its destroyer, if you listen to some

21 October 2017 9:00 am

The 25th anniversary of Kenneth MacMillan’s death is finally giving us something to celebrate – and about time too, says Ismene Brown

Bennet Gartside as Bottom and Akane Takada as Titania in Frederick Ashton’s The Dream

Ashton’s Dream is a must-see: Royal Ballet’s Triple Bill reviewed

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Thrilling debuts, starry guests and a tear-stained farewell at Covent Garden this week as the Royal Ballet closed the season…

This is England: Paris Fitzpatrick and Daniel Collins in ‘Town and Country’ from ‘Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures’

A warm-beer-and-bicycles take on all things English: Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures reviewed

15 April 2017 8:00 am

‘Modern’ dance was no laughing matter in 1987. Harold King, director of the now-defunct London City Ballet, cattily typified it…

Now that's what I call sex: Birmingham Royal Ballet's Ashton Double Bill reviewed

5 March 2016 9:00 am

That joke about the young bull who tells the old bull, ‘Hey, Dad, see all those cows — let’s run…

Is Twitter now in charge of the Royal Ballet’s artistic programming?

5 December 2015 9:00 am

For all the billing and cooing on public forums about the Royal Ballet’s The Two Pigeons revival, there’s a silent…

Vadim Muntagirov and Laura Morera in ‘La Fille mal gardée’

La Fille mal gardee at the Royal Opera House reviewed: light, lithe and tender

25 April 2015 9:00 am

The current talking-point at the Royal Ballet is the Russians milling around. One can sound unfortunately as if one’s starting…

‘This era’s supreme objet d’art’: Sylvie Guillem in 1985, aged 19, in her Paris Opera dressing-room

Sylvie Guillem interview: ‘A lot of people hate me. Bon. You can’t please everybody’

15 November 2014 9:00 am

On the eve of her retirement, Sylvie Guillem talks to Ismene Brown about legs, boobs and changing people’s lives

All was beauteous with the Royal Ballet’s ‘Symphonic Variations’ on the first night

Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet battle for the heart of English dance

1 November 2014 9:00 am

English ballet erupted out of the second world war in the hands of the rival choreographers Frederick Ashton and Robert…

Constant Lambert at the piano

The wit, wisdom and womanising of Constant Lambert

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Philip Hensher on the tragically short life of the ebullient and multi-talented musician, Constant Lambert

Bach is made for dancing

15 February 2014 9:00 am

It appears that J.S. Bach’s music is to theatre-dance what whipped cream is to chocolate. Masterworks such as Trisha Brown’s…