Given its premiere by The Royal Ballet in 1965 with Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn dancing the title roles, Kenneth MacMillan's first full-evening ballet has become a signature work for the Company, enjoying great popularity around the world. From the outset, the production teems with life and colour as the townspeople, market traders and servants of the rival Montagues and Capulets go about their daily business in vibrant crowd scenes. But Romeo and Juliet take centre stage for those great pas de deux: the meeting in the ballroom, the balcony scene, the morning after the wedding and the final devastating tomb scene. Although The Royal Ballet has performed Romeo and Juliet more than 400 times, each performance and pairing is subtly different, and Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli are utterly captivating in the title roles. This performance was broadcast live from Covent Garden to cinemas worldwide.
Music: Sergey Prokofiev
Romeo: Federico Bonelli
Juliet: Lauren Cuthbertson
Mercutio: Alexander Campbell
Tybalt: Bennet Gartside
Benvolio: Dawid Trzensimiech
Paris: Valeri Hristov
Lord Capulet: Christopher Saunders
Lady Capulet: Christina Arestis
Escalus Prince of Verona: Gary Avis
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Designs: Nicholas Georgiadis
Lighting: John B.Read
Plus: Documentary: Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet / Sword Fighting: Sharp Points and Pirouettes / Cast Gallery
Sound: 2.0 LPCM / 5.1 (5.0) DTS
Duration: 158 mins
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
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This is very beautiful, powerful and realistic. Brilliant dancers, costumes and story. Amazing choreography. Everyone is so wonderful!!! Thank you so much for this amazing production.
Saw this at ROH and cinema and had to have the DVD for all time. Wonderful production, thrilling principal dancers including Alexander Campbell as Mercutio - an up and coming star indeed.
I too went along to my local cinema with my daughter to watch this and are very much looking forward to seeing Federico and Lauren again at the ROH later on this year. It took our breath away.
I saw this live at the cinema last year and absolutely fell in love with it. I am so delighted to see it is now on DVD. I highly recommend this fantastic performance. Lauren and Federico are mesmeric.