ROMEO AND JULIET
THE ROYAL BALLET
BALLET IN THREE ACTS
TUESDAY 11TH JUNE 2019, 7:15PM
CHILDREN UNDER 12 FREE - There isn't a button for the under 12 year olds, please email to advise us how many children there will be. This is an evening ballet.
SHAKESPEARE’S STAR-CROSSED LOVERS ENCOUNTER PASSION
AND TRAGEDY IN KENNETH MACMILLAN’S 20TH-CENTURY BALLET MASTERPIECE.
Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere
with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the story’s tragic end. Each revival gives opportunities for new dancers to interpret the doomed lovers. The whole Company brings the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting, and
a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and Capulets.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME:
3 HOURS 15MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS
CHOREOGRAPHY KENNETH MACMILLAN
MUSIC SERGEI PROKOFIEV
The bar will be open to serve cold and hot drinks and snacks and the doors will open at 6:45pm.
Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. The plot is based on an Italian tale translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1567.
Shakespeare borrowed heavily from both but expanded the plot by developing a number of supporting characters, particularly Mercutio and Paris. Believed to have been written between 1591 and 1595, the play was first published in
a quarto version in 1597. The text of the first quarto version was of poor quality, however, and later editions corrected the text to conform more closely with Shakespeare's original.