THE BALLET’S HISTORY
William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet was one of the first works of literature to inspire ballet. Its drama, romance and tragedy are perfectly suited to dance.
Since the 1930’s, choreographers have been particularly fortunate to have Sergei Prokofiev’s musical score specifically written for the ballet.
For generations of ballet and music lovers it was Prokofiev’s intuitive understanding of Shakespeare’s poetry that gave us one of the greatest full-length ballet scores.
Based on a synopsis written by Sergey Radlov and Adrian Piotrovsky (who first suggested the subject to Prokofiev) and commissioned by the Kirov Ballet, the score in its original form was completed by Prokofiev in September 1935.