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‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the Opera House

The Royal Ballet is putting on a performance of Shakespeare’s play which will run until the 31st of March, with choreography by Kenneth MacMillan.


“Romeo and Juliet” is not a new play to come to the Royal Opera House. On the contrary: it is one of its most performed, and a classic that every year has the Royal Ballet dancers competing for the chance to perform in it.

The play tells the story of a love affair between two young people who which is not approved by their families. In spite of this, they decide to fight for it and to continue their relationship in secret. Despite their determination, a series of fortuitous events ends with their committing suicide.

The production of the play has been taken care of by the late Kenneth MacMillan and is one of the best examples of twentieth-century choreography. The audience can almost take part in the two lovers’ intimate moments and watch the action-filled encounters in which the Montagues and Capulets star.

The performance relies on a great deal of organisation, period costumes and beautiful designs, with Romeo and Juliet being portrayed by some of the best dancers of our time and Prokofiev’s powerful music.

The dancers who will portray Romeo and Juliet in the coming dates are Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg, Roberta Marquez and Steven McRae, Melissa Hamilton and Rupert Pennefather, Lauren Cuthbertson and Sergei Polunin, and Leanne Benjamin and Edward Watson.

For more information: http://www.roh.org.uk/whatson/production.aspx?pid=10633

(Translated by Sabrina Chapman)

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