The Royal Ballet 2015/16 Season opens this September with the return of Kenneth MacMillan’s landmark Romeo and Juliet, celebrating 50 years since its première at the Royal Opera House in 1965. It will be relayed live to cinemas on Tuesday 22 September 2015.
Originally created on Lynn Seymour and Christopher Gable, it was, of course, Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev who danced the 1965 première, famously receiving 43 curtain calls and propelling the partnership to legendary heights.
Over the past 50 years there have been a number of legendary partnerships dancing the lead roles; Anthony Dowell and Antoinette Sibley, Jonathan Cope with Sylvie Guillem and Darcey Bussell, Alessandra Ferri and Wayne Eagling, and more recently Carlos Acosta with Tamara Rojo. This season’s exciting role débuts include Matthew Golding, Nehemiah Kish and Vadim Muntagirov as Romeo. Francesca Hayward, who was recently promoted to First Soloist, will début as Juliet. The run will also feature and exciting pairing of young dancers when Soloist Yasmine Naghdi will dance opposite First Artist Matthew Ball in his début as Romeo. Iana Salenko returns to dance the role of Juliet for the first time, opposite Steven McRae. Full casting and booking here.
Romeo and Juliet will be screened as part of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2015/16 on Tuesday 22 September and will also be relayed live to BP Big Screens across the UK on Tuesday 22 September.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.