THE ROYAL BALLET’S ROMEO AND JULIET
THE GREATEST LOVE STORY OF ALL
BEAMED LIVE IN THEATERS ACROSS THE US ON
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd
The greatest love story of all, Romeo and Juliet, kicks-off the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2015/16 on Tuesday, September 22nd. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece will be screened live to over 150 theaters in the US. The production, made famous by Prima Ballerina Assoluta Dame Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev who took 43 curtain calls at the premiere, will be presented for the cinema by Darcey Bussell.
The love-struck Romeo will be danced by Australian Principal Steven McRae and his beautiful Juliet by American Principal Sarah Lamb, who starred as Alice in the December 2014 screening of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Rich in the swaggering colour and period costume of Verona Street life, the ballet has magnificent designs by Nicholas Georgiadis and a gripping score by Sergey Prokofiev, famed for the spine-tingling ‘Dance of the Knights’. With sword fighting, romance and heartbreak, the drama takes the audience from the sumptuous ballroom of the Capulets, to the sensational balcony pas de deux and the stark tomb of the final doomed meeting of the lovers.
Back on stage 50 years after the first curtain up, the production is set to resonate on the silver screen given MacMillan’s own love of film. Lady MacMillan says: “Kenneth was a complete movie-nut; he loved film and it’s this passion that makes his productions work so well on the big screen. When choreographing he would pre-empt where audiences would look next, capturing the imagination with every movement, and it’s this innate sense of what would work on camera that so often drove his vision for the stage. He also believed in creating real characters with real stories and in a ballet such as Romeo and Juliet the heartbreak and passion will be all the more evident up close and personal in cinemas.”
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The Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House continues to lead the way in opera, ballet, music and dance in the theater and the many platforms available. These include digital downloads, DVD, Blu-ray, CD – all distributed through Opus Arte and Digital Theatre – and online streaming from the internet. The relationship with Digital Theatre allows for ROH productions to be accessed on Digital Theatre’s platforms including its apps for iPhone, iPad and Samsung Smart TV. Each year the Royal Opera House Cinema Season continues to grow in size, with the 2015/16 Season screening 12 productions worldwide; six operas and six ballets with five world premieres to over 450 sites in the UK and more than 1,000 sites internationally.
The Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season is presented in cinemas worldwide by Arts Alliance. Arts Alliance is the leading producer, financier, distributor and marketer of Event Cinema worldwide. With over 70 event cinema releases across screens around the globe, Arts Alliance develops, markets and distributes world-class shows to audiences in 4000+ screens in over 60 territories, engaging fans with the content they are most passionate about. In the fast-growing Event Cinema market, Arts Alliance presents exciting, multi-dimensional content across all genres: live opera and ballet in The Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2015/16, dynamic art exhibitions in Exhibition On Screen, theatre productions from Globe On Screen and the best rock & pop events including Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes and One Direction: Where We Are – The Concert Film.