For the first time this year Russian State Ballet and Opera House will be bringing the mesmerising ballet, Romeo and Juliet to a theatre near you.
The world’s greatest love story “for never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and Romeo”. (William Shakespeare)
For more information about Romeo and Juliet, about the history and where we will be performing please go to Romeo and Juliet Ballet
William Shakespeare’s story of Romeo and Juliet was one of the first works of literature to inspire ballet choreographers – so perfectly suited to dance are its drama, romance and tragedy.
Set to one of Prokofiev’s most evocative scores, this production is filled with beautiful dance, riveting battles, and compelling drama, all amidst stunning production designs.
Romeo and Juliet has become one of the most beloved ballets, captured the imagination of many generations over the years, and continues to attract audiences worldwide, full of mystery and romance. The Ballet is known for its breathless ‘Pas de Deux’, dramatic emotions and tragic tale, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest classical ballets of all time!
Most people will be familiar with the story of Romeo and Juliet, however, we would like to take the opportunity and tell you the story in our own words. I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed writing it!
If you would like to read the history of the ballet and how it developed and changed.
As Romeo is daydreaming about romantic love the citizens of Verona are having a party in the main square of the town. Even maids, salesmen and florists are having a good time. Sadly, however, for decades the two wealthy families of Verona, Capulet and Montague have been fighting with each other.
Another quarrel is happening at the square while other people are enjoying the party. Mothers and wives are begging the men to stop fighting. Right in the middle of the fight Tybalt (the favourite nephew of Capulet) appears, Tybalt is known for his famous fights on the streets. The Prince of Escalus, ruler of Verona, appears and stops the fight.
In Juliet’s room her nurse is getting Juliet’s dress ready as she is going to a ball today for the first time. The nurse decides to try on the dress and pretends she is at the ball. Juliet is peeking through the door and quietly laughing to herself.
At the same time 4 young men are also getting ready for the ball. Mercutio and Benvolio trying to distract Romeo from daydreaming. The boys are trying to persuade Romeo to sneak to the ball in disguised masks as Capulet family holds the ball and Romeo is the son of Montague.
Back in the square of Verona everyone is doing their usual daily things. Mercution and Benvolio are at the square. A pretty girl is flirting with Mercutio and suddenly she sprays a bit of water from the fountain on Mercutio but he quickly ducks away and the water lands on the new outfit of Tybalt. Everyone is laughing at him. Mercutio does not waste an opportunity to say a few jokes towards his enemy, Tybalt. As you can imagine Tybalt gets angry straight away and there is no stopping him. Romeo appears and tries to calm him down by saying he loves Tybalt like his friend, which angers Tybalt even more, as he knows it’s not true.
Mercution and Tybalt start fighting. Romeo tries to stop the fight and gets right in the middle of them. This encourages Tybalt to stab Mercutio. Mercutio dies.
The fight continues as Romeo becomes angry with pain and kills Tybalt. The pain takes over the square of Verona.
Back in Juliet’s room Romeo and Juliet are together. But he cannot stay in town after he killed Tybalt. At the sunset Romeo leaves and the couple say good-bye to each other.
Juliet’s parents introduce her to Count Paris. He is in love with her and asks her parents to marry the lovely Juliet. This sounds like an arranged marriage and of course Juliet refuses to marry as she is in love with Romeo. Juliet is unable to tell her parents the truth, as they hate Romeo. Juliet’s father is puzzled by Juliet’s behaviour but doesn’t take any notice of her sadness and agrees for her to marry Count Paris. Juliet is heartbroken. Only Father Larenzo is now able to help.
Father Lorenzo decides to give Juliet a ‘special’ drug that will put her to sleep, it will be ‘death like coma’. Everyone will think Juliet killed herself, apart from Romeo. Laurence will make sure Romeo will know that it is all an act.
When Juliet returns home, she drinks the drug and falls asleep.
Romeo finds out about Juliet death and he is heartbroken. Friar Laurence did not have enough time to tell Romeo the truth. How irresponsible of him! Romeo visits Juliet in Capulet’s crypt, where Juliet is lying peacefully.
Romeo sees Juliet and starts to sob. He does not want to live without her. He takes out a poison from his pocket and drinks it. Moments later, Juliet wakes up and sees Romeo. She is happy to see him only to find out he is dead! She also does not want to live without him. Juliet sees Romeo’s knife and kills herself with it, this time it’s not a ‘death like coma’.
Romeo and Juliet will now be together, forever.