When to see it
These events are part of the Autumn 2015 season.
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.
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Kenneth MacMillan 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. Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn took the title roles on the opening night – MacMillan had originally created the work on Lynn Seymour and Christopher Gable. Nevertheless, Fonteyn and Nureyev’s performance had a rapturous reception, with 43 curtain calls and almost forty 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.
News and features
24 August 2015
A number of recent Royal Opera and Royal Ballet productions will be shown on Sky Arts over the coming months.
21 August 2015
Replacements confirmed for previously scheduled performances by Rupert Pennefather.
27 July 2015
The young Russian Principal on his story so far, and what challenges lie ahead.
5 May 2015
Principal casting for performances from September 2015-January 2016 has been announced.
15 April 2015
Live Cinema Season 2015/16 includes 6 Royal Opera and 6 Royal Ballet productions screened live in cinemas across the world.
15 April 2015
The Season opens with John Fulljames and Hofesh Shechter's staging of Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice starring Juan Diego Flórez, and includes a world premiere of Carlos Acosta's Carmen.
Choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Royal Ballet production of Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet premiered at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on 9 February 1965.