Given its premiere by The Royal Ballet in 1965 with Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn dancing the title roles, Kenneth MacMillan’s first full-evening ballet has become a signature work for the Company, enjoying great popularity around the world. From the outset, the production teems with life and colour as the townspeople, market traders and servants of the rival Montagues and Capulets go about their daily business in vibrant crowd scenes. But Romeo and Juliet take centre stage for those great pas de deux: the meeting in the ballroom, the balcony scene, the morning after the wedding and the final devastating tomb scene. Although The Royal Ballet has performed Romeo and Juliet over 400 times, each performance and pairing is subtly different, and Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli are utterly captivating in the title roles. This performance was broadcast live from Covent Garden to cinemas worldwide.
Kenneth MacMillan's first full-evening ballet has become one of The Royal Ballet's signature works.
This production was one of the big successes of last season’s Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season.
Acclaimed performances by star principals, Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli.
Extra features: Documentaries on Kenneth MacMillan's production, and "Sharps, Points and Pirouettes" the famous sword fight scene.
Includes deluxe slipcase.
Running time: 158 minutes
Subtitles (extra features only): EN/FR/DE/IT/ES/PT/JP
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
13th June 2013
“both are entirely convincing in their depiction of teenage lovers. The charismatic Bonelli certainly looks younger than his real age and graduates convincingly from laddish bravado to lovestruck swain...Cuthbertson - cleverly costumed as a convincingly flat-chested adolescent - captures to perfection the gauche yet dreamy mannerisms of a girl on the cusp of womanhood.”
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