|BRB's Romeo and Juliet|
BRB Bring Bard's R&J to Lowry, 30 June
Date: 18 June 2010
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is the next Birmingham Royal Ballet production headed for the Lowry. The tale of young Romeo Montague who tricks his way into the lavish Capulet’s masked ball, sees the young Juliet Capulet and it is love at first dance! Boldly forgoing the approval of their families, the young lovers play by their own rules and soon their dangerous seduction is filled with secrets, as the star-crossed pair hatch a perilous plot. Can Romeo and Juliet play tricks with life and death – or will death play a final trick on them?
With a sweeping score composed by Sergei Prokofiev in 1935, performed by the 60 members of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and soaring Kenneth MacMillan choreography for a cast of over 60, Romeo and Juliet continues to be an all-time classic love story.
First performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet on 1 June 1992 at Birmingham Hippodrome, Romeo and Juliet, created by MacMillan, a legendary master of modern ballet enjoyed its world premiere in 1965 at the Royal Opera House performed by The Royal Ballet.
2010 marks Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 20th year in the City of Birmingham since the company (previously Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet) moved from London in 1990, a move the press at the time described as ‘the arts coup of the decade.' Twenty years on and Birmingham Royal Ballet is delighted to perform Romeo and Juliet during The Lowry’s 10th anniversary year.
BRB's Romeo and Juliet is at the Lowry from 30 June - 3 July.
- by Glenn Meads
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