Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

February, 26, 27 (6 pm)

Music By Sergei Prokofiev

Ballet in 2 acts 

Libretto by Leonid Lavrovsky based on the play by William Shakespeare 

Choreography by Boris Myagkov (Moscow) 


Set Design by Anatoly Nezhny (Moscow) 

Costume Design by  Anna Nezhnaya (Moscow) 



The ballet begins with feuding between the Capulets and the Montagues. Wearing a disguise, Romeo Montague crashes a party at the Capulet house, where he meets Juliet Capulet. He falls instantly in love with her. The two secretly proclaim their eternal love for each other, on the balcony. 

Hoping to finally put an end to the family feud, Friar Laurence secretly marries the couple. But the fueding continues: Juliet's cousin Tybalt kills Romeo's friend Mercutio during a fight. A distraught Romeo kills Tybalt in a fit of revenge, and is sent into exile. 

Juliet turns to Friar Laurence for help, so he devises a plan to help her. Juliet is to drink a sleeping potion to make her appear dead. Her family will then bury her. Friar Laurence will then tell Romeo the truth; he will rescue her from her tomb and take her away, where they will live together happily ever after. 

That night, Juliet drinks the potion. When her distraught family finds her dead the next morning, they proceed to bury her. The news of Juliet's death reaches Romeo, and he returns home deperately grieving. (He never received the message from Friar Laurence.) Believing that Juliet is really dead, he drinks poison. When Juliet awakens, she sees that Romeo is dead and stabs herself.  

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