Romeo and Juliet

Ballet by John Cranko after William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet

Ballet by John Cranko after William Shakespeare
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Romeo and Juliet
Sat 15. Dec / 19:00
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Romeo and Juliet
Mon 22. July
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Romeo and Juliet
Tue 23. July
Opernhaus
Further dates
Romeo and Juliet
2 hours and 40 minutes, 2 breaks
Choreography
John Cranko
Music
Sergej Prokofjew
Sets and Costumes
Jürgen Rose
Premiere
2. Dezember 1962, Stuttgarter Ballett
Conductor
James Tuggle
Staatsorchester Stuttgart
John Cranko’s world famous production of Shakespeare’s timeless tale of love and loss returns to the Opera House stage for eight performances between December and July, including one performance exclusively for school children.

Synopsis

I. Act
Scene One
As day breaks in Verona, Romeo, son of Montague, is found declaring his love to the fair Rosaline. With the sunrise the market place fills with townspeople among whom are members of two rival families, the Capulets and the Montagues. Tempers flare and a quarrel develops. The Duke of Verona appears and warns the two factions that death will be the ultimate punishment if the feud does not stop. Romeo and his friends Benvolio and Mercutio make reluctant peace with Tybalt, a kinsman of the Capulets.

Scene Two
Juliet receives her first ball dress from her mother, Lady Capulet, and learns that she is to meet the nobleman Paris to whom she will be betrothed on the following day. Now she must bid farewell to her childhood.

Scene Three
Guests arrive at the Capulets’ ball, among them Rosaline. Romeo, Mercutio and Benvolio, masked, follow her to the ball.

Scene Four
Juliet is introduced to the guests and to Paris. While dancing with Paris, she and Romeo behold one another. It is love at first sight. Tybalt, nephew of Lady Capulet, suspects Romeo’s identity and tries to incite a quarrel, but is prevented from doing so by Juliet’s father who abides by the laws of hospitality.

Scene Five
On the balcony outside her bedroom Juliet dreams of Romeo. He appears below in the garden. They declare their eternal love.
II. Act
Scene One
A carnival is in progress in the town square. Romeo, daydreaming, is indifferent to the gaiety around him. Juliet’s nurse brings him a letter from Juliet asking him to meet her in the chapel of Friar Laurence.

Scene Two
In his cloister, Friar Laurence joins the young lovers in marriage.

Scene Three
At the height of the carnival, Romeo returns from his wedding to the square. Tybalt accosts him, but Romeo declines to fight. Mercutio, angered, engages in a duel with Tybalt, and dies at his hands. Romeo, stunned and distraught, turns on Tybalt and kills him.
III. Act
Scene One
In Juliet’s bedroom the lovers are awakened by the sunrise, and Romeo, who has been banished by the Duke, must leave Juliet and Verona. Lord and Lady Capulet enter with Paris, but Juliet rejects him.

Scene Two
Juliet, appealing for help to Friar Laurence, receives a potion from him that will place her in a death-like sleep. He explains that Romeo will find her in the family tomb and from there they can escape together.

Scene Three
Juliet’s parents return and Juliet agrees to the marriage with Paris. Left alone, Juliet takes the sleeping potion and is thought to be dead when her family and friends discover her, on what was to have been her wedding day.

Scene Four
Romeo, who has not received Friar Laurence’s message revealing the plan, believes Juliet to be dead and rushes to her tomb. There he finds the mourning Paris and kills him. Embracing Juliet for the last time, he plunges his dagger into his heart. Juliet awakens to find Romeo dead. Grief-stricken, she kills herself.

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