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1980

Gold Diggers

1st March 1980, The Scottish Ballet Golden Gala. Theatre Royal, Glasgow

This was Darrell in Busby Berkeley vein. All "the boys" with top hats and tails and canes stood with their backs to the audience in V-formation and as the curtain rose the last one to turn, on a terrace at the back, was Moira Shearer. She led her team in a high-kicking routine.

Composer: Vincent Youman (Tea for Two), arranged by Bramwell Tovey
Costumes: Moss Bros
Casting: Moira Shearer and "The Boys"

CheriCheri

2nd September 1980, The Scottish Ballet King's Theatre, Edinburgh. Part of the Edinburgh International Festival; 1987 The Scottish Ballet Studio version; 24th February 1989, Hong Kong Ballet

Based closely on the famous novel by Colette, Cheri traces the story of a passionate and ultimately tragic love affair between Lea and her young lover Cheri.

Composer: David Earl (commissioned score)
Scenario: Colette de Jouvenel and Peter Darrell
Designer: Philip Prowse
Lighting: lan Irving
Assistant to Peter Darrell: John Carnegie
Casting: Galina Samsova, Patrick Bissell, Eleanor Moore with William Bowen, Veronica Butcher, Sally Collard-Gentle, Linden Currey, Robert Hampton, Christopher Long, Anna McCartney, Judy Mohekey, Leslie Morrison, Wendy Roe, Garry Trinder and dancers of The Scottish Ballet

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1982

Variations on a Rococo Theme

1st February 1982, The Scottish Ballet Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Composer: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra)
Designer: Peter Darrell
Casting: Noriko Ohara, Robert Hampton with Kenn Burke, Fiona Busby, Veronica Butcher, Joachim Chandler, Sally Collard-Gentle, Wendy Dawson, Lloyd Embleton, Vincent Hantam, Christopher Long, Niall McMahon, Sheila Manson, Judy Mohekey, Eleanor Moore, Leslie Morrison, Jeanette Newell, Ruth Prior, Donna Richardson, Peter Royston, Geoffrey West, Jonathan Williams

Carriages at Midnight

3rd February 1982, The Scottish Ballet New works. Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow

Composer: Friedrich Kreisler (Variations)
Designer: Heron Stewart
Casting: Miranda Atkin, Kenn Burke, Fiona Dear, Sally Collard-Gentle, Vincent Hantam, Louise Hellewell, Christopher Long, Gina Long, Paulo Lopes, Judy Mohekey, Eleanor Moore, Leslie Morrison, Noriko Ohara, Linda Packer, Ruth Prior, Donna Richardson, Elspeth Shaw, June Skinner, Paul Tyers, Jonathan Williams

Ca....C'est Paris

11th February 1982, The Scottish Ballet

Ballet in Glasgow French Impressions Third Eye Centre, Glasgow.

Composer: M L Boyer
Casting: Wendy Dawson, Fiona Dear, Louise Hellewell, Rose Marie O'Donnell, Linda Packer, Elspeth Shaw, June Skinner

The Three Graces

27th May 1982, The Scottish Ballet Theatre Royal, Dumfries

Part of the Dumfries and Galloway Festival.

Composer: Bramwell Tovey
Designers: Peter Darrell and Caro Harkness
Casting: Sally Collard-Gentle, Noriko Ohara, Eleanor Moore

Midnight Masquerade

17th September 1982, The Scottish Ballet. For the re-opening of His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen.

Composer: Richard Rodgers, arranged by Bramwell Tovey
Decor: Edi Swan
Costumes: John Fraser
Casting: Miranda Atkin, Frankie Au, Fiona Busby, Joachim Chandler, Sally Collard-Gentle, Wendy Dawson, Lloyd Embleton, Catherine Evers, Louise Hellewell, Paulene Laverty , Christopher Long, Gina Long, Paulo Lopes, Sheila Manson, lan McLeod, Niall McMahon, Leslie Morrison, Jeanette Newell, Kilian O'Callaghan, Linda Packer, Ruth Prior, Peter Royston, Elspeth Shaw, June Skinner, Tara Stewart, Geoffrey West

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1983

Gardens of the Night

15th April 1983, The Scottish Ballet, Theatre Royal, Glasgow

This was inspired by Chopin's relationship with the writer George Sand, the novel Orlando by Virginia Woolf and her friendship with Vita Sackville-West. The soloists in the three movements are clad alike in white jackets and trousers, their sex is secondary to the emotions and conflicts - love, jealousy, separation and lonely anguish - which they portray.

Composer: Frédéric Chopin (Piano Concerto No 2 in F Minor)
Designers: Peter Darrell and Caro Harkness
Casting: Linda Packer, Vincent Hantam, Elaine McDonald, Davide Bombana, Noriko Ohara, Paulo Lopes with Miranda Atkin, Fiona Busby, Veronica Butcher, Joachim Chandler, Wendy Dawson, Catherine Evers, Christopher Gillard, Robert Hampton, Paulene Laverty, Christopher Long, Ewan McLeod, Sheila Manson, Kilian O'Callaghan, June Skinner, Geoffrey West, Jonathan Williams

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1984

A murder storyA Murder Story

2nd June 1984, English Dance Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

A gripping study of cruelty and despair. A simple question is posed: do we call the death of a person caused by the callous behaviour of others, suicide or murder?

Composer: Bohuslav Martinu (Piano Trio No 3 in F)
Designer: Robert Jones
Lighting: Geoff Humphrys
Casting: Nicholas Burge, Julie Hood, Stella Mae, Gary Nichols

En Forme de Valse

18th October 1984, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Designer: John Fraser

Solo for Elaine McDonald at a Gala honouring Anton Dolin's 80th birthday.

Blue Rondo à la Turk

1984, The Scottish Ballet, Neworks, Glasgow: Turkish Delight, Scottish Ballet Studio, Glasgow

Composer: Dave Brubeck
Casting: Christine Camillo and dancers of The Scottish Ballet

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1985

Capriccio (Opera)

9th January 1985, Scottish Opera Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Composer: Richard Strauss
Designer: Jack Notman
Director: John Cox
Lighting: Alan Campbell
Casting: Malcolm Aitken, lan Caddy, lan Caley, Graeme Danby, Stafford Dean, Francis Egerton, Anne Howells, Alan Oke, Declan McCusker, lan McKinven, Margaret Marshall, Maria Moll, David Morrison, James Paterson, Grant Richards, Peter Richfield, John Robertson, Norman White
Dancers: Eleanor Moore, Paul Tyers

CarmenCarmen

13th August 1985, The Scottish Ballet, Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh. Part of the Edinburgh International Festival

Based on the novella by Prosper Merimée published in 1845. As the corrida is about to begin. Carmen and Lucas, the toreador, exchange favours, witnessed by a despairing Don José whose story is then recalled.

Composer: Georges Bizet, arranged by Dominic Muldowney (from Carmen and other works)
Designer: Terry Bartlett
Lighting: Mark Henderson
Casting: Christine Camillo, Davide Bombana, Sally Collard-Gentle, Paul Tyers with Gordon Aitken, Frankie Au, Michael Beards, Kenn Burke, Joachim Chandler, Lloyd Embleton, Catherine Evers, Christopher Gillard, Simon Gray, Louise Hellewell, Christopher Long, Paulo Lopes, Anna McCartney, Niall McMahon, Judy Mohekey, Eleanor Moore, Jeanette Newell, Kilian O'Callaghan, Ruth Prior, Peter Royston, June Skinner, Geoffrey West, Jonathan Williams and dancers of The Scottish Ballet

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1986

Irmelin Pas de Deux

6th July 1986, The Scottish Ballet. Part of the Spoleto Festival, Italy. Performance cancelled

Composer: Frederick Delius (Prelude from Irmelin)
Casting: Elaine McDonald, William Long

Quintet

1986 Unfinished work

Music: Edward Elgar (Quintet for Piano and Strings, Op. 84)
Casting: Paul Bayes-Kitcher, Karl Burnett, Elaine McDonald, Eleanor Moore, Paul Tyers

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1987

Carmen

21st October 1987, The Scottish Ballet

Gala Performance to open the new studio Theatre at the company's headquarters in Glasgow.

Revised one-act version.

Composer: Georges Bizet, arranged and adapted by Guy Hamilton
Designer: Terry Bartlett
Lighting: Mark Henderson, adapted by Grahame Gardner
Casting: Noriko Ohara, Robert Hampton, Sally Collard-Gentle, Paul Tyers with Frankie Au, Paul Bayes-Kitcher, Christopher Blagdon, Tristan Borrer, Kenn Burke, Karl Burnett, Preston Clare, Fiona Dear, Lloyd Embleton, Catherine Evers, Laurence Korsenti, Christopher Long, Jeanette Newell, Rebecca Fletcher, Simon Stewart, Geoffrey West, Jonathan Williams and dancers of The Scottish Ballet

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