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A chronological list of the first performances of Cranko’s main productions

Please remember that in the Catalogue section of Cranko: the Man and his Choreography you will find detailed listings of each and every Cranko work, as well as main casts, venues, designers, composer etc., etc. Here, however, is an overview:

1944 The Soldier’s Tale

1945 Holberg Suite and Primavera

1946 Tritsch-Tratsch

Tritsch-Tratsch in Cape Town, later performed by Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet

Sadler’s Wells Theatre in the late 1940s. This was the home of SWTB. Cranko choreographed items in numerous operas, as well as ambitious pieces such as Sea Change and Harlequin in April. After the huge success of Pineapple Poll in 1951 he became resident choreographer with ‘Theatre Ballet’.

1947 Children’s Corner
1948Adieu, A School for Nightingales
1949Sea Change, Beauty and the Beast
1950The Witch, Pastorale
1951 Harlequin in April, Pineapple Poll, dances in The Faerie Queen
1952 Bonne-Bouche, season of ballets at Henley
Patricia Miller and Kenneth MacMillan in Children’s Corner
1953The Shadow and dances in the opera Gloriana
1954The Lady and the Fool (SWTB) and Variations on a Theme (Ballet Rambert)
1955La Belle Hélène (Paris) and Dances without Steps & Corps, Cous et Coudres (London Ballet Circle) and dances in the opera Midsummer Marriage
1956No new ballets, Cranks (revue)
1957The Prince of the Pagodas and The Angels
1958Romeo and Juliet (Milan), Secrets (Edinburgh), Cat’s Cradle (de Cuevas Ballet), Les Mamelles de Tiresias
1959Antigone, Sweeney Todd, La Reja (Rambert), Pièce d’Occasion
1960 No new ballets. New Cranks (revue), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (opera production)
Auditorium of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


1961 Divertimento, Familienalbum, Intermezzo, Katalyse (The Catalyst).

1962 Scenes de Ballet, Coppelia, Die Jahrezeiten, Daphnis and Chloe,  Romeo and Juliet

1963 Wir reisen nach Jerusalem, L’Estro armonico, Trede Variationen, Swan Lake

1964 The Firebird, La Source, Hommage à Bolschoi, Concerti Grossi (Cologne)

1965 Bouquet Garni,Jeu de Cartes, Onegin, Raymonda pas de deux, Carmina Burana, Jeux de vagues, Opus 1

1966 Brandenburg 2&4 (Royal Ballet), Concerto for Flute and Harp, Pas de Quatre, The Nutcracker

1967 Onegin (revised), Die Befragung (The Interrogation), Oiseaux Exotiques, Quatre Images, Holbergs Zeiten

1968 Begnegung in drei Farben, Song of the Nightingale, Fragmente, Presence, Kyrie elieison, Salade

1969 The Taming of the Shrew, and in Munich: Triplum, Grund zum Tanzen, Fete Polonaise and Franzosische Suite

1970 Brouillards / Poeme d’Extase / Orpheus / Corps, Cous, Coudes et Cœur / Ballade / Ebony Concerto ( Munich)

1971 Carmen, Ami Yam Ami Ya’ar or Song of my People (Israel), Into the Cool

1972 Initials R.B.M.E., Legende, Ariel, Children’s Corner (new version)

1973 Green, Spuren (Traces)

The chair Cranko used for rehearsals in Stuttgart

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