What You Need to Know: Romeo & Juliet
Join experts, musicians, and members of our artistic team in this study day exploring Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet. Listen to our Music Director Gavin Sutherland talk about Prokofiev’s exhilarating score, learn the history of the ballet from Archive Consultant Jane Pritchard, watch the dancers in Company Class and get a behind-the-scenes look at the costumes of this sumptuous production.
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Rudolf Nureyev’s inventive and passionate version of Romeo & Juliet opened at the Bristol Hippodrome last night and continues until Saturday. We sat down with Bristol-native and Artist of the Company Connie Vowles to talk about what it’s like returning to her hometown this week to perform Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale.
Arguably one of the world’s greatest love stories ever told, Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet has inspired many composers and choreographers. English National Ballet boasts of having two different productions in its current repertoire: Derek Deane’s in-the-round version, which we have performed at the Royal Albert Hall, and Rudolf Nureyev’s, which was created especially for us in 1977 for the Queen's Silver Jubilee.
To mark the 40th anniversary of its creation, we’re presenting Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet on 1 – 5 August at Southbank Centre. Created especially for English National Ballet in 1977, this blazing ballet retells Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of two star-crossed lovers with Nureyev’s inventive and passionate choreography. Find out more behind the story’s history and this “deeply romantic” (The Daily Express) version: