When it comes to the classic tale of “Romeo & Juliet”, there is an abundance of people all over the world familiar with its twists, turns and its tragic ending. But that is not to say that there is only one version out there for audiences to relish, with Shakespeare’s original play only forming the basis of what would later emerge as years went on. Amongst the other works is the ballet from Sergei Prokofiev, which has enchanted ballet enthusiasts since it was written – but even this would form the basis of yet more work.
Enter Sir Kenneth MacMillan and his glorious production of Prokofiev’s ballet in 1965, which first appeared in front of audiences at the Royal Opera House and has become a timeless part of the company’s heritage. But not content with simply displaying the work of the Royal Ballet at the Covent Garden venue, the Royal Ballet will be presenting MacMillan’s classic work at the O2 Arena in 2011, with some stand-out performances in the middle of June. It will be a unique way of witnessing the classic piece, ensuring that ballet tickets will be in high demand when the show arrives in Greenwich.
Romeo & Juliet tells the classic story of star-crossed lovers. Set in Verona we are introduced to a bitter rivalry between the families of Montague and Capulet, with Romeo in the former camp and Juliet the latter. The pair meet at a Capulet party and soon fall in love, realising instantly that they must keep it a secret for fear of the consequences and instead marrying in silence.
But when Romeo kills Tybalt Capulet in revenge for the murder of his friend Mercutio, Romeo is banished from Verona and finds himself torn apart from his love. It is at this point that Juliet concocts a plan to bring them back together – a plan that will ultimately lead to one of the most tragic endings in romantic literature.
The Royal Ballet regularly presents some of the best classical ballet to London theatre audiences at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, with the likes of Giselle, Swan Lake and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, amongst those to look forward to earlier in 2011. The company has been operating since the 1930s and is at the forefront of British ballet.
Four performances of “Romeo & Juliet” will take place at the O2 Arena from Friday 17th June 2011 to Sunday 19th June 2011 – including a Saturday matinee.
|Booking From:||Friday, 17th June 2011|
|Booking Until:||Sunday, 19th June 2011|
|Matinees:||Saturday 2pm, Sunday 3pm|
|Evenings:||Friday and Saturday 7.30pm|
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