Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of A Month in the Country. It was last on stage 18 October—12 November 2014.
The arrival of Beliaev, a young tutor, in the country home of a Russian family sends ripples through the household. For Natalia, an unfulfilled but passionate housewife, it stirs up powerful emotions.
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A Month in the Country had its premiere in 1976 and was one of the last works Frederick Ashton made for The Royal Ballet. It is based on a play of the same name by Ivan Turgenev and set to stirring music by Fryderyk Chopin, arranged by John Lanchbery. The ballet showcases Ashton’s genius for conveying complex narrative through choreography: a minutely observed domestic drama is played out through a series of nuanced pas de deux.
The production is set in 1850 – the year Turgenev’s play was written. Julia Trevelyan Oman's authentic designs recreate the staid elegance of a Russian country home, with its gold chandeliers and ornate furniture. Natalia longs to escape this stifling world and the restrictions imposed by her social class and position. Her final, poignant pas de deux with Beliaev is one of the most beautiful and passionate that Ashton ever choreographed.
Frederick Ashton created more than one hundred works during his lifetime (1904–88). For further information, please visit www.frederickashton.org.uk.
News and features
23 October 2014
Exclusive online films celebrate the choreographer and his work, and include his signature ‘Fred Step’ in super slow motion.
22 October 2014
Audience comments from the first night of works by Frederick Ashton, including Scènes de ballet and Symphonic Variations.
17 October 2014
The choreographer’s signature appears in nearly all his ballets – but it's not always easy to spot.
16 October 2014
Amendments announced and casting confirmed for Cassandra, Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, Symphonic Variations, Ceremony of Innocence and The Age of Anxiety.
6 October 2014
Our quick guide to Scènes de ballet, Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, Symphonic Variations and A Month in the Country.
29 July 2014
Casting for these dates has been incorrect online and in print.
A Month in the Country is a narrative ballet created in 1976 with choreography by Frederick Ashton, to the music of Frédéric Chopin (three works for piano and orchestra) arranged by John Lanchbery. It is based on the play by Ivan Turgenev of the same name, and lasts for about 40 minutes.