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Romeo and Juliet

Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Main Stage, London, Great Britain
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Important Info
Type: Ballet
City: London, Great Britain
Starts at: 19:30
Acts: 3
Intervals: 2
Duration: 2h 55min

E-tickets: Print at home or at the box office of the event if so specified. You will find more information in your booking confirmation email.

You can only select the category, and not the exact seats.
If you order 2 or 3 tickets: your seats will be next to each other.
If you order 4 or more tickets: your seats will be next to each other, or, if this is not possible, we will provide a combination of groups of seats (at least in pairs, for example 2+2 or 2+3).

Cast
Performers
Ballet company: The Royal Ballet
Conductor: Koen Kessels
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Creators
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan
Playwright: William Shakespeare
Overview

The greatest love story ever told – through ballet. 

An ancient family feud casts a long shadow over the town of Verona. In this hothouse of tension, brawls are quick to break out and both sides get caught in the crossfire.

The Capulets and Montagues are sworn enemies. Yet it is love at first sight for Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet when they meet each other at the Capulet ball, into which Romeo has snuck. The two fall in love and they profess their devotion to each other at Juliet’s balcony. They secretly get married.   

The stakes are raised for the young couple when Romeo avenges the death of his friend Mercutio who has been killed by Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin. For this, Romeo is exiled from Verona. Meanwhile, Juliet’s parents are forcing her to marry another suitor. In order to be together, Romeo and Juliet must risk it all. 

BACKGROUND
Shakespeare’s timeless tale of star-crossed lovers is transformed in Kenneth MacMillan’s ‘mesmerising’ (Telegraph) ballet.

A MODERN BALLET CLASSIC 
Shakespeare’s great love story is brilliantly retold through this modern ballet classic celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2025. The fervent longing of the star-crossed lovers is perfectly captured by Kenneth MacMillan’s impassioned choreography. The flourishing of young love is just as present in Romeo and Juliet's meeting on the balcony as in their final moments when they desperately cling to life in the tomb. 

PROKOFIEV’S PASSIONATE SCORE 
Prokofiev’s evocative music sets the scene for stolen romantic moments and deadly feuds and sweeps the ballet towards its inevitable and tragic conclusion. Perhaps most recognisable is the ‘Dance of the Knights’ – the music that accompanies the Montagues and the Capulets as they enter the ball in which the two lovers first meet.  

History
Premiere of this production: 30 November 1937, Mahen Theatre, Brno

Romeo and Juliet is a ballet by Sergei Prokofiev based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. Prokofiev reused music from the ballet in three suites for orchestra and a solo piano work.

Synopsis

Act I

Scene 1 ‑ The Market place

The scene is Verona.  Romeo, son of Montague, tries unsuccessfully to declare his love for Rosaline and is consoled by his friends Mercutio and Benvolio.  As day breaks the townspeople meet in the market place, a quarrel develops between Tybalt, a nephew of Capulet, and Romeo and his friends.  The Capulets and Montagues are sworn enemies and a fight soon begins.  The Lords Montague and Capulet join in the fray, which is stopped by the appearance of the Prince of Verona who commands the families to end their feud.

Scene 2 ‑ Juliet’s ante‑room in the Capulets’ house 

Juliet, playing with her nurse, is interrupted by her parents Lord and Lady Capulet.  They present her to Paris, a wealthy young nobleman who has asked for her hand in marriage.

Scene 3 ‑ Outside the Capulet’s house 

Guests arrive for a ball at the Capulets’ house.  Romeo, Mercutio and Benvolio, disguised in masks, decide to go in pursuit of Rosaline.

Scene 4 ‑ The ballroom

Romeo and his friends arrive at the height of the festivities.  The guests watch Juliet dance.  Mercutio, seeing Romeo is entranced by her, dances to distract attention from him.  Tybalt recognizes Romeo and orders him to leave, but Capulet intervenes and welcomes him as a guest in his house.

Scene 5 ‑ Outside the Capulets’ house

As the guests leave the ball Capulet restrains Tybalt from pursuing Romeo.

Scene 6 ‑ Juliet’s balcony

Unable to sleep, Juliet comes out on to her balcony and is thinking of Romeo, when suddenly he appears in the garden.  They confess their love for each other.

Act II

Scene 1 ‑ The Market place

Romeo can think only of Juliet, and as a wedding procession passes, he dreams of the day when he will marry her.  In the meantime Juliet’s nurse pushes her way through the crowds in search of Romeo to give him a letter from Juliet.  He reads that Juliet has consented to be his wife.

Scene 2 ‑ The chapel

The lovers are secretly married by Friar Laurence who hopes that their union will end the strife between the Montagues and the Capulets.

Scene 3 ‑ The market place

Interrupting the revelry, Tybalt fights with Mercutio and kills him.  Romeo avenges the death of his friend and is exiled.

Act III

Scene 1 ‑ The bedroom

At dawn next morning the household is stirring and Romeo must go.  He embraces Juliet and leaves as her parents enter with Paris. Juliet refuses to marry Paris, and hurt by her rebuff, he leaves.  Juliet’s parents are angry and threaten to disown her.  Juliet rushes to see Friar Laurence.

Scene 2 ‑ The chapel

She falls at the Friar’s feet and begs for his help.  He gives her a phial of sleeping potion which will make her fall into a death‑like sleep.  Her parents, believing her dead, will bury her in the family tomb.  Meanwhile Romeo, warned by Friar Laurence, will return under cover of darkness and take her away from Verona.

Scene 3 ‑ The bedroom

That evening Juliet agrees to marry Paris, but next morning, where her parents arrive with him they find her apparently lifeless on the bed.

Scene 4 ‑ The Capulet family crypt

Romeo, failing to receive the Friar’s message, returns to Verona stunned by grief at the news of Juliet’s death.  Disguised as a monk he enters the crypt, and finding Paris by Juliet’s body, kills him.  Believing Juliet to be dead, Romeo drinks a phial of poison.  Juliet awakes and, finding Romeo dead, stabs herself.

Venue Info

Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) - London
Location   Bow St, Covent Garden

The Royal Opera House (ROH) is an opera house and major performing arts venue in London and Great Britain. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

The large building is often referred to as simply "Covent Garden", after a previous use of the site of the opera house's original construction in 1732. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year later, Handel's first season of operas began. Many of his operas and oratorios were specifically written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there.

The current building is the third theatre on the site following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1856. The façade, foyer, and auditorium date from 1858, but almost every other element of the present complex dates from an extensive reconstruction in the 1990s. The main auditorium seats 2,256 people, making it the third largest in London, and consists of four tiers of boxes and balconies and the amphitheatre gallery. The proscenium is 12.20 m wide and 14.80 m high. The main auditorium is a Grade I listed building.

The Royal Opera, under the direction of Antonio Pappano, is one of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in the iconic Covent Garden theatre, it is renowned both for its outstanding performances of traditional opera and for commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers, such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Adès.

The Royal Ballet is one of the world’s greatest ballet companies. Under the directorship of Kevin O’Hare, the Company unites tradition and innovation in world-class performances at our Covent Garden home.

The Company’s extensive repertory embraces 19th-century classics, the singular legacy of works by Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton and Principal Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan and a compelling new canon by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon.

The Orchestra performs in concerts of their own, including performances at the Royal Opera House with Antonio Pappano. They have also performed at venues worldwide including Symphony Hall (Birmingham), Cadogan Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus and on tour with The Royal Opera.

Members of the Orchestra play an active role in events across the Royal Opera House, including working with the Learning and Participation teams. The Orchestra accompanies performances that are streamed all over the world, including through cinema screenings and broadcasts. They appear on many CDs and DVDs including Pappano’s acclaimed studio recording of Tristan und Isolde with Plácido Domingo and Nina Stemme.

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House was founded in 1946 when the Royal Opera House reopened after World War II.

Important Info
Type: Ballet
City: London, Great Britain
Starts at: 19:30
Acts: 3
Intervals: 2
Duration: 2h 55min
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