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Royal Ballet: Romeo & Juliet Encore Broadcast

Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth Macmillan's 20th-century ballet masterpiece.

"Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Ball sumptuously express the recklessness of youth in Kenneth MacMillan’s fine ballet." - Guardian 5*

"Classic tragedy feels fresh and packed with life" - Independent 4*

Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the story’s tragic end.

Each revival gives opportunities for new dancers to interpret the doomed lovers. The whole Company brings the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting, and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and Capulets.


"Kenneth MacMillan’s sensuous and vividly detailed choreography is driven by the score — lushly romantic, theatrically alert and robustly conducted." - The Times 4*

"From the star-crossed lovers of Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Ball to the bite of the sword fights, it’s an urgent blend of lyricism, storytelling and feeling." - Independent 4*

Choreography: Kenneth Macmillan
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Year: 2019
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