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The Royal Ballet


Kevin O'Hare CBE


Dame Ninette de Valois OM CH DBE

Founder Choreographer

Sir Frederick Ashton OM CH CBE

Founder Music Director

Constant Lambert

Prima Ballerina Assoluta

Dame Margot Fonteyn DBE

Romeo and Juliet

Ballet in three acts

19.10.2021 19:30

This is the 514th performance by The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House.

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.

The 2021/22 Royal Ballet Season is generously supported by Aud Jebsen.


The performance will last approximately 2 hours 55 minutes, with two intervals.
Act I
60 minutes
20 minutes
Act II
35 minutes
20 minutes
40 minutes


Kenneth MacMillan
Sergey Prokofiev
Nicholas Georgiadis
Lighting designer
John B. Read
Christopher Saunders, Laura Morera


Conducted by
Koen Kessels
Concert Master
Sergey Levitin
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Sarah Lamb
Steven McRae
James Hay
Bennet Gartside
Benjamin Ella
Tomas Mock
Lord Capulet
Christopher Saunders
Lady Capulet
Elizabeth McGorian
Escalus, Prince of Verona
Lukas B. Brændsrød
Annette Buvoli
Kristen McNally
Friar Laurence
Thomas Whitehead
Lord Montague
Thomas Whitehead
Lady Montague
Hannah Grennell
Juliet’s Friends
Sophie Allnatt, Ashley Dean, Leticia Dias, Sae Maeda, Mariko Sasaki, Charlotte Tonkinson
Tierney Heap, Mica Bradbury, Meaghan Grace Hinkis
Mandolin dancers
Luca Acri, Harry Churches, Leo Dixon, David Donnelly, Joshua Junker, David Yudes
Ballroom Guests, Townspeople
Artists of The Royal Ballet

Music by permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.

Students and Junior Associates of The Royal Ballet School appear by kind permission of the Artistic Director Christopher Powney.

The story of Romeo and Juliet

The Capulets and Montagues are sworn enemies. A fight breaks out in the market place led by Romeo Montague and his friends Mercutio and Benvolio against Tybalt, Lord Capulet’s nephew, and other members of the Capulet house. The Prince of Verona commands the families to end their feud. Lord and Lady Capulet introduce their daughter Juliet to Paris, a nobleman they intend her to marry. In disguise, Romeo, Mercutio and Benvolio sneak into a ball at the Capulets’ house. Romeo and Juliet are taken with each other. Later, when Juliet is on her balcony, Romeo appears below and they profess their love.


Juliet’s nurse delivers a letter to Romeo in which Juliet says she will be his wife. The lovers are secretly married by Friar Laurence. In the market place, Tybalt fights Mercutio and kills him. Romeo avenges the death of his friend and is punished with immediate exile from Verona.


Secretly, Romeo has been with Juliet through the night. In the morning, Romeo embraces Juliet and escapes as her parents enter with Paris. Juliet refuses to marry Paris, and her parents threaten to disown her. Juliet rushes to beg Friar Laurence’s help. He gives her a potion that will make her fall temporarily into a deathlike sleep. Juliet agrees to marry Paris but the next morning her parents find her apparently lifeless. Romeo, who has not received the Friar’s warning message about the subterfuge, returns to Verona at the news of Juliet’s death. In the Capulet tomb, he believes Juliet to be dead and drinks poison. Juliet awakes, finds Romeo dead, and stabs herself.

A full synopsis is available in the programme book accompanying this production.

The Royal Ballet


Kevin O'Hare CBE

Music Director

Koen Kessels

Resident Choreographer

Wayne McGregor CBE

Artistic Associate

Christopher Wheeldon OBE

Administrative Director

Heather Baxter

Rehearsal Director

Christopher Saunders

Clinical Director Ballet Healthcare

Shane Kelly


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