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

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

Romeo and Juliet
Sat 8. Dec / 19:00
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Romeo and Juliet
Sun 9. Dec / 19:00
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Romeo and Juliet
Tue 11. Dec / 18:00
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Romeo and Juliet
Thu 13. Dec / 19:00
Opernhaus
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
Sets and Costumes
Jürgen Rose
Music
Sergej Prokofjew
Premiere
2. Dezember 1962, Stuttgarter Ballett
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
1. Scene
The Market Place
As day breaks, 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.

2. Scene
Juliet’s ante-room in the Capulets’ house
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.

3. Scene
Outside the Capulets’ house
Guests appear for the Capulets’ ball, among them Rosaline. Romeo and his friends, masked, follow her to the ball.

4. Scene
The Ballroom
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, suspecting Romeo’s identity, tries to incite a quarrel, but is prevented by Juliet’s father who abides by the laws of hospitality.

5. Scene
Juliet’s balcony
On the balcony outside her bedroom Juliet dreams of Romeo. He appears below in the garden. They declare their eternal love.
II. Act
1. Scene
The Market Place
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.

2. Scene
The Chapel
In his cloister, Friar Laurence joins the young lovers in marriage.

3. Scene
The Market Place
At the height of the carnival, Romeo returns 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
1. Scene
The Bedroom
In Juliet’s bedroom the lovers are awakened by the sunrise, and Romeo, who has been exiled, must leave Juliet and Verona. Lord and Lady Capulet enter with Paris, but Juliet rejects him.

2. Scene
The Chapel
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.

3. Scene
The Bedroom
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.

4. Scene
The Capulet family crypt
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. Griefstricken, she kills herself.

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