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Cast Changes: Casting announced for Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and Giselle

Replacements confirmed for previously scheduled performances by Rupert Pennefather.

By Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products)

21 August 2015 at 2.58pm | 9 Comments

Principal dancer Steven McRae will dance Romeo at the opening night of Romeo and Juliet on 19 September 2015 and at the live cinema relay and BP Big Screens performance on 22 September. He and Sarah Lamb appear as the star-crossed lovers for the first time together on the Royal Opera House stage following their highly acclaimed performance in the roles on the Company’s tour to Taiwan in 2014.

The role of the Prince in The Nutcracker will be danced on 9 December by Principal Vadim Muntagirov. First Soloist Valeri Hristov will dance the role at the matinee performances on 17 December and 22 December.

First Soloist Ryoichi Hirano makes his debut as Count Albrecht in Giselle at the evening performance on 28 March 2016.

All changes are due to the departure of Rupert Pennefather from The Royal Ballet earlier this month.

Sarah Lamb dances all performances listed above as previously announced.

By Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products)

21 August 2015 at 2.58pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Kenneth Macmillan, cast change, Production, Romeo and Juliet, Rupert Pennefather, Ryoichi Hirano, Steven McRae, The Nutcracker, Vadim Muntagirov, Valeri Hristov

This article has 9 comments

  1. Barbara Frank responded on 24 August 2015 at 6:33pm Reply

    Are you going to be screening the ballet this season in the US? I haven't seen anything posted by Fathom events yet. I can't believe that they will be shown in other parts of the world but not here.

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 25 August 2015 at 10:22am

      Dear Barbara,

      We will indeed be screening in the US this season. We hope to have confirmation of which cinemas by the start of September and you will then be able to find your closest cinema by visiting our website -

      Kind regards,

  2. Barbara Frank responded on 25 August 2015 at 9:24pm Reply

    Thank you Sarah. I love the Royal Ballet.

  3. Lara responded on 1 September 2015 at 2:00pm Reply

    Hi there,

    Are there any plans to screen Romeo and Juliet in Australia? Alternatively due to the time difference, can the live productions be made available online?


    • Bethan Williams (Cinema Account Administrator) responded on 3 September 2015 at 11:49am

      Dear Lara,
      Yes, we will be screening in cinemas in Australia this season. Specific cinemas are yet to be confirmed so please keep an eye on our website for up to date information:
      Best wishes,
      Cinema Account Administrator

  4. Susan Priestley responded on 23 September 2015 at 12:02pm Reply

    What an amazing performance last night! How Steven McRae can dance, sword fight and dodge the harlots in a crowd without an accident is stunning! Loved every minute of this classic piece.

    Best wishes
    Sue Priestley

  5. Mary Way responded on 23 September 2015 at 5:47pm Reply

    Last night's production was sheer magic, 3- hours of heaven.
    Steven McRae is a wonder, stronger braver and fitter than any athlete. The relationship between he and the beautiful graceful Sarah Lamb was entirely believable.
    Congratulations to them both.

  6. Kate Rayner responded on 4 October 2015 at 2:56pm Reply

    Saw the great performance in the cinema in Málaga, Spain on September 22nd but would be grateful for a complete cast list.

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