Romeo & Juliet in-the-round

11 Jun 2014 – 22 Jun 2014

Performances

Royal Albert Hall, London

11 Jun 2014 – 22 Jun 2014

020 7589 8212 / 0845 401 5034

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Performed by a huge company of 120 dancers, actors and swordfighters, this epic staging of Shakespeare's timeless tragedy is set in-the-round. This acclaimed production brings to life all the emotions of the world's greatest love story, from the majestic sweep of the masked ball to the passion and intimacy of the lovers' balcony scene.

Renaissance Verona with all its decadent richness and grandeur is beautifully evoked by Roberta Guidi di Bagno’s designs. Prokofiev's evocative and memorable score is played by the full Orchestra of English National Ballet.

REVIEWS

**** “Carlos Acosta and Tamara Rojo are still a dream couple”
Evening Standard

**** “Terrific Evening”
Daily Telegraph

**** “Stellar Performances”
Independent

“Two almighty stars”
LondonDance.com

Running Time

3 hours including 2 interval

ACT I
Scene I - The Market Square

The city of Verona is split by a feud between the Montague and Capulet families. Romeo, a young Montague, is paying court to fair Rosaline. The town comes to life. Romeo, Mercutio and Benvolio encounter the Capulet Tybalt and his retainers and a quarrel develops. The quarrel is interrupted by the arrival of the Prince of Verona and peace is temporarily restored.

Scene II – Juliet’s Anteroom
Juliet is playing with her companions and her nurse. Her parents, Lord and Lady Capulet, arrive with Paris, a young man whom they have chosen to be her husband.

Scene III - Outside the Capulet House
The Capulet family welcomes its guests to the masked ball. Lord Capulet greets his guests including Rosaline, who is pursued by Romeo, and Paris, who is still seeking Juliet’s hand in marriage. Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio join the ball in disguise.

Scene IV - Inside the Capulet House
The masked celebration begins. Juliet enters with her friends. Romeo and Juliet meet and are captivated by each other. As they dance together, Romeo is recognised by Tybalt who tries to throw him out of the house. Lord Capulet intervenes and the guests start to depart.

Scene V - The Capulet’s Garden
Juliet is standing on her balcony dreaming of Romeo. Romeo arrives and they dance, declaring their eternal love for each other.

ACT II
Scene I - The Market Square
The following day in the market square, Juliet’s nurse arrives with a letter for Romeo. Romeo reads that Juliet has arranged for Friar Lawrence to marry them secretly in his chapel later the same day.

Scene II - A Chapel
Romeo arrives at the chapel to be greeted by Friar Lawrence. Juliet arrives and the two lovers are married.

Scene III - The Market Square
Tybalt comes to the market square looking for Romeo. He tries to provoke Romeo to fight and, when Romeo refuses, his challenge is taken up by Mercutio. In the ensuing fight, Mercutio is killed. On seeing his friend slain, Romeo takes his revenge and kills Tybalt.

Devastated by Tybalt’s death, Lady Capulet seeks revenge. The market place empties as Lady Capulet mourns her loss.

ACT III
Scene I – Juliet’s Bedroom
Having spent their wedding night together, Romeo wakes to realise that he must leave Juliet and Verona before he is discovered. Lord and Lady Capulet arrive to prepare for
Juliet’s marriage to Paris. Juliet Juliet announces her refusal to marry Paris and her parents are furious. In despair, Juliet runs to Friar Lawrence to seek his help.

Scene II - A Chapel
Arriving at the Chapel, Juliet explains her predicament to the Friar. He has a solution. She is to drink a potion that will send her into a deep sleep. Thinking her dead, her parents will place her in the family crypt. Meanwhile, Friar Lawrence promises to tell Romeo of the plan. Romeo will return at night to carry Juliet away when she awakes. Juliet foresees herself reunited with Romeo.

Scene III – Juliet’s Bedroom
Juliet agrees to be married to Paris. Left alone, she drinks the potion.

Scene IV – Juliet’s Anteroom
Juliet’s nurse and friends arrive to prepare Juliet for her wedding, but when they try to wake her she appears to be dead. The wedding turns into a funeral.

Scene V - The Capulet CryptJuliet is laid to rest in the Capulet crypt. Romeo arrives. Not knowing of Friar Lawrence’s plan, he believes Juliet to be dead. He finds Paris and in the fight that follows, Paris is killed. Overcome with grief at the death of Juliet, Romeo poisons himself. Juliet wakes and finds the bodies of Paris and then Romeo in the crypt. Unable to live without Romeo, she takes her own life.

Choreographer: Derek Deane
Music: Serge Prokofiev 
Music Director and Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
Guest Conductors: Gerry Cornelius and Tom Seligman 
Design: Roberta Guidi di Bagno
Lighting Design: Howard Harrison

Romeo
Juliet
Mercutio
Tybalt
Benvolio
Paris
Lady Capulet
Lord Capulet
Nurse

Lady Montague
Lord Montague

Friar Lawrence

Rosaline

Prince of Verona

Casting is subject to change. We will endeavour to give as much notice as possible via our website and social media.

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11 Jun 2014

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Juliet

Carlos Acosta Guest Artist Romeo

12 Jun 2014

Alina Cojocaru Lead Principal Juliet

Friedemann Vogel Guest Artist Romeo

13 Jun 2014

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Juliet

Carlos Acosta Guest Artist Romeo

14 Jun 2014 [Matinee]

Daria Klimentová Lead Principal Juliet

Vadim Muntagirov Guest Artist Romeo

14 Jun 2014

Alina Cojocaru Lead Principal Juliet

Friedemann Vogel Guest Artist Romeo

15 Jun 2014 [Matinee]

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Juliet

Carlos Acosta Guest Artist Romeo

17 Jun 2014

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Juliet

Carlos Acosta Guest Artist Romeo

18 Jun 2014

Fernanda Oliveira Lead Principal Juliet

Junor Souza First Soloist Romeo

19 Jun 2014 [Matinee]

Elena Glurdjidze Lead Principal Juliet

Arionel Vargas Principal Romeo

19 Jun 2014

Daria Klimentová Lead Principal Juliet

Vadim Muntagirov Guest Artist Romeo

20 Jun 2014

Begoña Cao Principal Juliet

Junor Souza First Soloist Romeo

21 Jun 2014 [Matinee]

Erina Takahashi Lead Principal Juliet

Arionel Vargas Principal Romeo

21 Jun 2014

Fernanda Oliveira Lead Principal Juliet

Junor Souza First Soloist Romeo

22 Jun 2014 [Matinee]

Daria Klimentová Lead Principal Juliet

Vadim Muntagirov Guest Artist Romeo

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