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 13. Jul / 19:00
Opernhaus / Introduction at foyer 1st floor (in German) 18:15
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Romeo and Juliet
Sun 14. Jul / 19:00
Opernhaus / Introduction at foyer 1st floor (in German) 18:15
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

For families
Romeo and Juliet
Tue 23. Jul / 19:00
Opernhaus / Introduction at foyer 1st floor (in German) 18:15
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

For families
Romeo and Juliet
Wed 24. Jul / 19:00
Opernhaus / Introduction at foyer 1st floor (in German) 18:15
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Romeo and Juliet
Sat 21. Dec
Opernhaus / Introduction at foyer 1st floor (in German)
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Romeo and Juliet
Mon 23. Dec
Opernhaus / Introduction at foyer 1st floor (in German)
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Romeo and Juliet
Wed 25. Dec
Opernhaus / Introduction at foyer 1st floor (in German)
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

For families
Romeo and Juliet
Sun 29. Dec / aft
Opernhaus / Introduction at foyer 1st floor (in German)
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Romeo and Juliet
Sun 29. Dec
Opernhaus / Introduction at foyer 1st floor (in German)
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Romeo and Juliet
Tue 31. Dec
Opernhaus / Introduction at foyer 1st floor (in German)
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Romeo and Juliet
Tue 29. Jul
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Romeo and Juliet
Wed 30. Jul
Opernhaus
Further dates
Romeo and Juliet
Choreography and staging
John Cranko
Music
Sergej Prokofjew
Stage and Costume
Jürgen Rose
World Premiere
2. Dezember 1962, Stuttgarter Ballett
Musical Direction
Mikhail Agrest / Wolfgang Heinz; Staatsorchester Stuttgart
Sergej Prokofjew, Adrian Piotrowski, Sergej Radlow & Leonid Lawrowski
Dauer
I. Act: 51 minutes
Intermission: ca. 20 minutes
II. Act: 30 minutes
Intermission: ca. 20 minutes
III. Act: 37 minutes
* Role debut / ** Cast changed
It is love at first sight and at the same time a love that cannot be. Granted only one night, the lovers - probably the most famous of all time – are separated forever by the mutual hatred of their respective families.

William Shakespeare's tragedy about the feuding Montagues and Capulets, whose children find each other and overcome the deep-seated hatred, has inspired countless artists. John Cranko also took up this timeless material in 1962 and created one of his most popular ballets. With poignant pas de deux, heated fencing matches, sumptuous balls and spirited carnival scenes, Cranko brings the hustle and bustle of Verona to life. He portrays his dreamy Romeo, his impetuous Juliet, his daredevil, clowning Mercutio and the ice-cold glittering villain Tybalt so clearly that one is drawn deeply into the breathtaking current of events from the first moment on. From the dizzying heights of newfound love, one plunges with the protagonists into unstoppable, senseless violence, all the way to a tragic death.

Sergei Prokofiev's descriptive music - in combination with Jürgen Rose's opulent sets and costumes – forms the perfect back drop which allows the scenes to unfold just as if they had sprung directly from an Italian Renaissance painting.

Synopsis

Act I
Scene 1
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 2
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 3
Guests arrive at the Capulets’ ball, among them Rosaline. Romeo, Mercutio and Benvolio, masked, follow her to the ball.

Scene 4
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 5
On the balcony outside her bedroom Juliet dreams of Romeo. He appears below in the garden. They declare their eternal love.
Act II
Scene 1
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 2
In his cloister, Friar Laurence joins the young lovers in marriage.

Scene 3
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.


Act III
Scene 1
In Juliet’s bedroom the lovers are awakened by the sunrise, and Romeo, who has been banished by the Duke, must leave Verona. Lord and Lady Capulet enter with Paris, but Juliet rejects him.

Scene 2Juliet, 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 3
Juliet’s parents return and Juliet pretends to agree 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 4
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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