John Cranko’s production of Romeo and Juliet is considered one of the definitive versions being performed in the world today. Based on Shakespeare’s world famous tale of two lovers in Renaissance Italy who find themselves caught between their feuding families, Cranko’s vividly etched characters and breathtaking choreography bring this tragedy to splendid life.
The ballet, set to Serge Prokofiev’s lush score, contains dramatic roles for the young Juliet and her impetuous lover Romeo, for Romeo’s hot-headed friend Mercutio and for Juliet’s bullying relative Tybalt. An abundance of soloist roles further enrich the plot and provide the entire company with ample opportunity to display their acting and dancing abilities. Jürgen Rose’s magnificent sets and costumes enhance the action of the ballet while never obscuring the choreography.
Cranko created Romeo and Juliet in 1962 for the Stuttgart Ballet. For the last 50 years, the company has danced this ballet all over the world. In addition, Cranko’s production has entered the repertory of over 10 companies worldwide, including the National Ballet of Canada, the Australian Ballet, the Finnish National Ballet and the Ballet of the La Scala Opera House in Milan.