Romeo and Juliet fall passionately in love, but their families are sworn enemies. The lovers marry in secret before Romeo kills Juliet's cousin Tybalt in a fight and is banished from the city.
Kenneth MacMillan's poignant setting of Sergey Prokofiev's classic score draws out the emotional and psychological intensity of the tale.
Romeo and Juliet contains three passionate pas de deux: the lovers’ first meeting, the famous balcony scene and the devastating final tragedy, in which Romeo dances desperately with the lifeless Juliet. The story is set against a wonderful evocation of 16th-century Verona, and includes a bustling marketplace that erupts into a violent sword fight, and a lavish ball held in an elegant mansion.
MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet first arrived at Covent Garden in 1965, with Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn in the title roles on opening night. Fonteyn and Nureyev's performance had a rapturous reception, with 43 curtain calls and almost 40 minutes of applause. The ballet has been at the heart of the Company's repertory ever since, amassing more than four hundred performances. This classic production has been toured around the world and in 2011 was adapted for arena-scale performances at the O2 Arena.
At London's Royal Opera House in Covent Garden from 19 September until 2 December 2015, book your Romeo and Juliet tickets today!
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