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02 February / Sun 19:00–22:00
Romeo and Juliet

Ballet in three acts, thirteen scenes

Libretto by Sergei Prokofiev and Sergei Radlov, based on Shakespeare’s tragedy Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan 

The ballet was first staged in 1965. It was first performed in Perm in 2013. Running time: 3 hours including 2 intervals

Thanks to Prokofiev’s immortal music, ‘the world’s saddest story’ has given rise to a hundred or so ballet interpretations. Two of these are regarded as classics: the version by Soviet choreographer Leonid Lavrovsky (Kirov State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, 1940) and that by British choreographer Kenneth MacMillan (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1965).

Sir Kenneth MacMillan fundamentally altered the perception of the narrative ballet, raising it to the level of psychological theatre without making the choreography any less inventive. At the London première in 1965, Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn shone in their roles as Romeo and Juliet. The audience called them back on the stage for 43 curtain calls, the applause continuing unabated for nearly 40 minutes. The Perm Ballet is the first Russian company to feature this masterpiece, which is cherished by the British as much as Swan Lake is held dear by Russians. 

The ballet is staged in collaboration with the Kenneth MacMillan Foundation in accordance with MacMillan’s style and technique.

Production sponsors: the Perm Financial and Industrial Group and the Prognoz Company 
Age category: 12+
Duration: 3 hours 0 minutes
Musical Director and Conductor: Teodor Currentzis
Artistic Director: Alexey Miroshnichenko
Conductor: Andrey Danilov
Costume Production Curator: Tatiana Noginova (Russia)
Ballet Master–Producer: Gary Harris (Great Britain)
Ballet Master–Producer: Karl Burnett (Great Britain/ France)
Set Designer: Mauro Carosi (Italy)
Associate Set Designer: Cinzia Lo Fazio (Italy)
Costume Designer: Odette Nicoletti (Italy)
Associate Costume Designer: Luigi Benedetti (Italy)
Lighting Designer - Sergey Martynov

Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre