The curtain has just come down on the opening night of Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Opera House. Here’s a first look at Marianela Nuñez as Juliet and Federico Bonelli as Romeo in tonight’s cast.
Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a great modern ballet classic of the world repertory. The nuanced and detailed choreography gives dancers in the lead roles a wealth of opportunity for differing interpretations of the doomed lovers.
Evocative designs by Nicholas Georgiadis bring the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and the Capulets. Prokofiev’s ravishing score sweeps this dramatic ballet towards its inevitable, emotional end.
|Romeo and Juliet||The Royal Ballet|
|Cast||10 January 2022|
|Juliet||Marianela Nuñez replaces Natalia Osipova|
|Romeo||Federico Bonelli replaces Reece Clarke|
|Lady Capulet||Christina Arestis|
|Lord Capulet||Gary Avis|
|Escalus, Prince of Verona||Aiden O’Brien|
|Friar Laurence||Bennet Gartside|
|Lord Montague||Bennet Gartside|
|Lady Montague||Annette Buvoli|
|Juliet’s Friends||Mica Bradbury, Leticia Dias, Isabella Gasparini, Romany Pajdak, Charlotte Tonkinson, Yu Hang|
|Harlots||Hannah Grennell, Olivia Cowley, Meaghan Grace Hinkis|
|Mandolin dancers||Joonhyuk Jun, Leo Dixon, Joshua Junker, Harrison Lee, Giacomo Rovero, Joseph Sissens|
|Ballroom Guests, Townspeople||Artists of The Royal Ballet|