Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet has long been one of the greatest successes in The Royal Ballet repertoire, winning worldwide acclaim as an impassioned and thrilling view of Shakespeare's tragedy and of Prokofiev's glorious score. His sensual choreography poignantly captures the conflict between blossoming love and cankerous revenge.
Romeo and Juliet calls upon the full forces of a great company of dance-actors to present the street fights of the feuding Capulets and Montagues in renaissance Verona, and also to convey the splendor of such scenes as the Capulet ball. It also requires a ballerina and a premier danseur able to express the raptures and despair that mark the young lovers' tragedy.
In Alessandra Ferri and Wayne Eagling the roles are lived with tremendous intensity, whether soaring during the balcony pas de deux or caught in the last agonizing moments in the Capulet vault.
"The MacMillan Romeo is a work of unusual scenic grandeur and dramitic intensity." - The Times
"Can the Balcony Scene ever have been more beautifully done?" - The Listener
"When first she (Alessandra Ferri) set eyes on her Romeo, Wayne Eagling, the electric current caused the packed house to shudder." - The Stage
Alessandra FerriWayne EaglingDavid DrewStephen JefferiesJulian HoskingDerek RencherSandra ConleyLeslie EdwardsPippa WyldeChristopher NewtonJulie WoodDonald Macleary
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Orchestra of the Royal Opera HouseConductor: Ashley Lawrence
Choreography: Sir Kenneth MacMillanDesign: Nicholas GeorgiadisExecutive Producer: Robin ScottDirected for Video by Colin Nears and Sir Kenneth Macmillan
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