Marcelino Sambé as Romeo and Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet © 2019 ROH. Photograph by Helen Maybanks

Romeo and Juliet

5 October 202125 February 2022
The performance will last approximately 2 hours 55 minutes, with two intervals.
Main Stage
Ballet and dance

Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a great modern ballet classic of the world repertory. The nuanced and detailed choreography gives dancers in the lead roles a wealth of opportunity for differing interpretations of the doomed lovers.

Evocative designs by Nicholas Georgiadis bring 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 the Capulets. Prokofiev’s ravishing score sweeps this dramatic ballet towards its inevitable, emotional end.

Approximate running times
Act I: 1 hour
Interval: 20 minutes
Act II: 35 minutes
Interval : 20 minutes
Act III: 40 minutes

Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing, Susan and John Burns, Sir Lloyd and Lady Dorfman, Kenneth and Susan Green, Sandra and Anthony Gutman, the Jean Sainsbury Royal Opera House Fund and the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund



Romeo and Juliet fall passionately in love, but their families are caught up in a deadly feud. They marry in secret, but tragic circumstances lead Romeo to fight and kill Juliet’s cousin Tybalt. As punishment, he is banished from the city.

When Juliet’s parents force her to marry Paris, she takes drastic action by drinking a potion to make her appear dead so she can escape to join Romeo. News of the plan fails to reach him and he returns to visit her tomb grief stricken. Presuming Juliet lifeless, he drinks a phial of poison. Juliet wakes to find Romeo dead. Devastated, she stabs herself.


Cast may vary depending on date. Go to dates and prices to view casting.


ChoreographyKenneth MacMillan

MusicSergey Prokofiev

DesignerNicholas Georgiadis

Lighting designerJohn B. Read

Rehearsal DirectorChristopher Saunders

StagingLaura Morera


There is lift access and step-free routes to over 100 seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony and Amphitheatre. There are 10 steps or fewer to seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony, Amphitheatre and the Donald Gordon Grand Tier. Seats in the Orchestra stalls are accessible by 9 steps or more. There is an Assisted Hearing Facility, and we produce Audio Introductions for most Main Stage Events.

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