Romeo and Juliet – Ballet at Sunderland Empire

Love at first dance, forbidden passions, dangerous secrets and star-crossed fate combine in an exhilarating classic ballet.

Kenneth MacMillan’s best-loved adaptation of this famous play continues Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 2016 Shakespeare celebration.

Set to Prokofiev’s soaring score, Romeo and Juliet tells the familiar tale of two young lovers at the mercy of powerful families and their own hearts. From the balcony scene’s ecstatic pas de deux to the lovers’ heart-breaking ends, Romeo and Juliet has been an audience favourite since its first performance.

“One doubts that there is any work, in any medium, more emotionally pummelling than Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet.”  The Telegraph

“Paul Andrews’ designs are rich […], giving the whole ballet the look of a renaissance painting.”  The Independent

Pupils in Year 5/6 enjoyed this performance that rounded off a term’s study of Romeo and Juliet.  It allowed them to compare and contrast Baz Luhrmann’s version, West Side Story, Play In A Day, Marcia Williams’ version and The Animated Tales.

Our behaviour was exemplary and Mr Reader was delighted that members of the audience congratulated him on how well the class behaved.

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