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Harlequin in the Street (1938)

Ballet after Jean-François Regnard (1656-1710)

M Music by
S Scenery by
C Costumes by
D Danced by
FP First performance
NP New production
R Reproduced by
ST Staging (indicates that the ballet was produced in substantially its original form)

M François Couperin, arranged by Constant Lambert, orchestrated by Gordon Jacob
1 Prologue--Overture 22me Ordre No 1, Le Trophée
2(a) Street Scene: 11me Ordre No 5, Les Fastes de la grande et ancienne M*n*str*nds, Deuxième Acte: 1er Air de Vieille--Les Vieilleux et les Gueux; (b) Knifegrinder*: 1er Ordre No 14, La Manon; (c) Commères: ?6me Ordre No 7, Les Commères; (d) Bread-boy: 2me Ordre No 12, La Diane
3 Messenger: 23me Ordre No 2, Les Tricoteuses
4 Man's Solo: 24me Ordre No 1, Les Fastes de la grande et ancienne M*n*str*nds, Les vieux Seigneurs
5 Porters: 24me Ordre No 2, Les jeunes Seigneurs, cy-disant Les Petits Maîtres, 2me Partie
6 Disguising Scene: 1Ome Ordre No 1, La Triomphante
7 L'Arlequin: ?23me Ordre No 3, L'Arlequin
8 La Superbe: 9me Ordre No 3, Les Charmes
9 Disguised Lovers: 6me Ordre No 1, Les Moissonneurs
10 Dénouement: 18me Ordre No 6, Le Tic-Toc-Choc, ou, Les Maillatins
11 Epilogue: 1st solo, reprise
SC André Derain

D La Superbe: June Brae; Monseigneur: Michael Somes; Harlequin: Alan Carter; Porters: Stanley Hall, John Hart; Commères: Palma Nye, Jill Gregory, Patricia Garnett; Bird- Catcher: Richard Ellis; Bread Boy: Frank Staff; Letter Bearer: John Nicholson
FP Vic-Wells Ballet, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 10 November 1938

*It will be noted that this is a character from the earlier (1937) version of the ballet; presumably the second version, though revised and extended to the point of being an entirely new work, included music from the earlier version. The list given here is from the two-piano score arranged by Constant Lambert during World War II, now in the Music Library of the Royal Opera House, to which I am indebted for allowing me to examine it.

ST Royal Ballet; Tribute to Sir Frederick Ashton; excerpt only
Royal Opera House, London, 24 July 197O

ST Ballet for All; solo for Harlequin only; R Alan Carter
FP Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 11 October 1973