ROMANCE AND TRAGEDY: THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF MACMILLANS MASTERPIECE ROMEO AND JULIET
Saturday 19 September Wednesday 2 December
Live Cinema Relay and BP Big Screen on Tuesday 22 September
The Royal Ballet 2015/16 Season opens this September with the return of Kenneth MacMillans landmark Romeo and Juliet, celebrating 50 years since its premiere at the Royal Opera House in 1965. This most romantic of all ballets will relay live to cinemas on Tuesday 22 September 2015.
Originally created on Lynn Seymour and Christopher Gable, it was Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev who danced the 1965 premiere, receiving 43 curtain calls and propelling the partnership to legendary heights.
Set to Sergei Prokofievs emotionally charged score, MacMillans Romeo and Juliet is regarded as a ballet masterpiece and features three passionate pas de deux: the lovers first meeting, the famous balcony scene and the devastating final tragedy when Romeo dances desperately with the lifeless Juliet.
Nicholas Georgiadis sumptuous designs perfectly evoke Renaissance-era Verona, from the bustling Italian marketplace of the ballets opening scenes and high-octane sword fights, to the decadent masked ball where the star-crossed lovers first meet.
Over the past 50 years there have been a number of legendary partnerships dancing the lead roles; Anthony Dowell and Antoinette Sibley, Jonathan Cope with Sylvie Guillem and Darcey Bussell, Alessandra Ferri and Wayne Eagling, and more recently Carlos Acosta with Tamara Rojo. This seasons exciting role debuts include Matthew Golding, Nehemiah Kish and Vadim Muntagirov as Romeo. Francesca Hayward, who was recently promoted to First Soloist, will debut as Juliet, as will Royal Ballet Soloist Yasmine Naghdi who dances opposite First Artist Matthew Ball in his debut as Romeo. Guest Artist Iana Salenko returns to dance the role of Juliet for the first time, opposite Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae.
Romeo and Juliet will be screened as part of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2015/16 on Tuesday 22 September, with encore performances the following Sunday 27 September. Romeo and Juliet will also be relayed live to BP Big Screens across the UK on Tuesday 22 September.
Québécois dance company Cas Public present their vibrant contemporary reimagining of Romeo and Juliet titled Symphonie Dramatique, 23 September 26 September, in the Linbury Studio Theatre. This will be the companys Royal Opera House debut and is staged as part of Deloitte Ignite 2015.
Romeo and Juliet is generously supported by Peter Lloyd, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson and the Jean Sainsbury Royal Opera House Fund.
Image credits, left to right:
- Federico Bonelli and Lauren Cuthbertson in Romeo and Juliet. Photo Bill Cooper, courtesy ROH
- Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev rehearsing ahead of the premiere of Romeo and Juliet. Photo Frederika Davis
- Steven McRae as Romeo. Photo ROH / Johan Persson, 2013
NOTES TO EDITORS
Choreography Kenneth MacMillan
Music Sergey Prokofiev
Designer Nicholas Georgiadis
Lighting designer John B. Read
Koen Kessels conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
Romeo and Juliet
Saturday 19 September Wednesday 2 December
Royal Opera House
19 September at 7pm
22*, 24, 26 September at 7.30pm
1 October at 2pm and 7.30pm
3 October at 12.30pm
9, 23, 29 October at 7.30pm
17 October at 7pm
3, 5, 11, 20, 23 November at 7.30pm
1, 2 December at 7.30pm
*Live Cinema Relay and BP Big Screen
The performance lasts approximately 3 hours, including 2 intervals.
0207 304 4000
Royal Opera House, London WC2E 9DD
Tickets £6 – £127
19 Sept / 22 Sept Sarah Lamb, Rupert Pennefather
22 Sept (mat) / 3 Oct (mat) Yasmine Naghdi*, Matthew Ball*
24 Sept / 3 Nov / 23 Nov Iana Salenko*, Steven McRae
26 Sept / 1 Oct (mat) / 11 Nov Natalia Osipova, Vadim Muntagirov*
1 Sept / 9 Oct / 17 Oct Lauren Cuthbertson, Federico Bonelli
23 Oct / 5 Nov Francesca Hayward*, Matthew Golding*
29 Oct / 2 Dec Roberta Marquez, Nehemiah Kish*
20 Nov/ 1 Dec Marianela Nuñez, Thiago Soares
Live Cinema Relay, Tuesday 22 September
INSIGHT: Spotlight on Romeo and Juliet
Tuesday 22 September at 7.30pm
Linbury Studio Theatre
As Kenneth MacMillans Romeo and Juliet takes to the main stage and Cas Publics Symphonie Dramatique (inspired by Romeo and Juliet) opens in the Linbury Studio Theatre, Hélène Blackburn (Artistic Director of Cas Public) and special guests explore why William Shakespeares iconic play is such a potent source of inspiration for artists.
Featuring excerpts danced by members of The Royal Ballet and Cas Public.
Romeo and Juliet pre-performance talks
24 September 2015, 6.30pm-7pm
9 October 2015, 6.30pm-7pm
29 October 2015, 6.30pm-7pm
Clore Studio Upstairs
A fascinating introduction to the production before curtain up.
BP Big Screens
BP Big Screens are free outdoor relays broadcast live from the Royal Opera House to locations across the UK. roh.org.uk/about/bp-big-screens
Deloitte Ignite 327 September 2015
The annual Deloitte Ignite festival is a mix of events taking place inside the Royal Opera House and the Covent Garden Piazza. This year will feature a range of ground-breaking projections, internationally renowned street performers, workshops for people of all ages and specially commissioned work and performances. roh.org.uk/about/deloitte-ignite
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation a charitable company limited by guarantee