MacMillan’s 20th century interpretation of the timeless tragedy is a modern ballet classic that has been a cherished cornerstone of The Royal Ballet’s repertoire since its 1965 premiere.
Audiences seize the opportunity to experience Shakespeare’s enduring love story told through passionate choreography set to Sergei Prokofiev’s intensely emotional score. From the balcony scene’s ecstatic pas de deux to the lovers’ heart-rending final moments, Romeo and Juliet is ballet at its most poignant and powerful.
It is perhaps not too surprising, then, that this masterpiece has been allotted such an impressively long run at the Royal Opera House for the Spring/Summer 2019 season.
Undoubtedly, The Royal Ballet can always be relied upon to bring the colour, action and excitement of Renaissance Verona to the stage with impeccable technique and artistry. Thrilling sword fights between the Montagues and Capulets, vibrant crowd scenes and forbidden passions make this impressive ballet a work that shows the Company at its dramatic finest.
Furthermore, each fresh revival affords new dancers an opportunity to interpret the doomed couple.
The title roles were originally created on Christopher Gable and Lynn Seymour, but were danced by Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn on opening night at Covent Garden in 1965.
There are plenty of exciting pairings for Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers for this upcoming season, including Natalia Osipova and David Hallberg, Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov, and Francesca Hayward and Cesar Corrales.
Rising star Matthew Ball will partner Lauren Cuthbertson in one cast and Yasmine Naghdi for the live cinema broadcast on June 11. Ball and Naghdi won acclaim for their joint debuts in the title roles during the ballet’s 50th anniversary run in 2015.
Other partnerships unite Akane Takada and Steven McRae, Anna Rose O’Sullivan and Marcelino Sambé, Melissa Hamilton and Reece Clarke, and Marianela Nuñez and Reece Clarke.
Tickets go on sale on 30 January 2019
|What||The Royal Ballet, Romeo and Juliet Preview|
|Where||Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
26 Mar 19 – 11 Jun 19, 19:30 Sat mats 13:30 + some early evening starts Dur.: 3 hours approx inc two intervals
|Website||Click to book via the ROH|