Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography by Sir Kenneth
Staged by Julie Lincoln
Assistant to Sir Kenneth MacMillan: Monica Parker
Scenery and costumes by Nicholas
Lighting by Thomas Skelton
World Premiere: The Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden,
Original Cast: Margot Fonteyn (Juliet), Rudolf Nureyev (Romeo)
ABT Premiere: Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.,
Cast: Leslie Browne (Juliet), Robert La Fosse (Romeo)
Act 1 - 61:00
Act 2 - 35:00
Act 3 - 40:00
ACT I, Scene 1: The
market place, Verona. Romeo,
son of Montague, tries unsuccessfully
to declare his love for Rosaline and
is consoled by his friends Mercutio and Benvolio.
As day breaks and the townspeople meet
in the market, a quarrel develops between Tybalt,
a nephew of Capulet, and Romeo and his
friends. The Capulets and Montagues are sworn
enemies, and a fight soon begins. The Lords
Montague and Capulet join the fray, which
is stopped by the appearance of the Prince
of Verona, who commands the families to
end their feud.
Scene 2: Juliet's
anteroom in the Capulet house.
Juliet, playing with her nurse, is interrupted by
her parents, Lord and Lady Capulet. They present
her to Paris, a wealthy young nobleman who has
asked for her hand in marriage.
Scene 3: Outside
the Capulet house. Guests
arrive for a ball at the Capulet house. Romeo,
Mercutio, and Benvolio, disguised in masks,
decide to go in pursuit of Rosaline.
Scene 4: The Ballroom.
Romeo and his friends arrive
at the height of the festivities. The guests
watch Juliet dance; Mercutio, seeing that Romeo
is entranced by her, decides to distract attention
from him. Tybalt recognizes Romeo and orders
him to leave, but Capulet intervenes and welcomes
him as a guest in his house.
Scene 5: Outside
the Capulet house. As the
guests leave the ball, Capulet restrains Tybalt from
Scene 6: Juliet's
balcony. Unable to sleep,
Juliet comes out onto her balcony and is thinking
of Romeo, when suddenly he appears in the
garden. They confess their love for each other.
ACT II, Scene 1:
The market place. Romeo
can think only of Juliet, and, as a wedding procession
passes, he dreams of the day when he will
marry her. In the meantime, Juliet's nurse pushes
her way through the crowds in search of Romeo
to give him a letter from Juliet. He reads that
Juliet has consented to be his wife.
Scene 2: The chapel.
The lovers are secretly
married by Friar Laurence, who hopes that their
union will end the strife between the Montagues
Scene 3: The market
place. Interrupting the
revelry, Tybalt fights with Mercutio and kills him.
Romeo avenges the death of his friend and is exiled.
ACT III, Scene 1:
The bedroom. At dawn the
next morning, the household is stirring, and Romeo
must go. He embraces Juliet and leaves as her
parents enter with Paris. Juliet refuses to marry Paris,
and, hurt by her rebuff, he leaves. Juliet's parents
are angry and threaten to disown her. Juliet rushes
to see Friar Laurence.
Scene 2: The chapel.
She falls at the Friar's
feet and begs for his help. He gives her a vial of
sleeping potion that will make her fall into a death-like
sleep. Her parents, believing her to be dead,
will bury her in the family tomb. Meanwhile Romeo,
warned by Friar Laurence, will return under cover
of darkness and take her away from Verona.
Scene 3: The bedroom.
That evening, Juliet agrees
to marry Paris, but the next morning, when
her parents arrive with him, they find her apparently
lifeless on the bed.
Scene 4: The Capulet
family crypt. Romeo, failing
to receive the Friar's message, returns
to Verona stunned by grief at the news of Juliet's
death. Disguised as a monk, he enters the crypt
and, finding Paris by Juliet's body, kills him. Believing
Juliet to be dead, Romeo drinks a vial of poison.
Juliet wakes and, finding Romeo dead, stabs