The Royal Ballet's anniversary celebrations conclude with a tribute to the great Frederick Ashton The exceptional series of performances to mark the Royal Ballet's 70 years at the Royal Opera House draws to a close with a mixed programme highlighting the creative vision of founding choreographer Frederick Ashton. Choreographed to music by Mendelssohn, the one-act ballet 'The Dream' is a skilfully abridged version of Shakespeare's riotously comic A Midsummer Night's Dream. Set to Franck's brooding 'Variations Symphoniques', 'Symphonic Variations' is both historically and artistically significant. This remarkable celebration of pure movement was Ashton's first post-WWII work and one of the first to be performed on the ROH's huge main stage in 1946. Finally, 'Marguerite and Armand' is inspired by the 19th century novel 'La Dame aux Camelias', which also formed the basis of Verdi's 'La Traviata', and was created by Ashton specifically for Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in 1963.