Romeo and Juliet, Kenneth MacMillan

A spectacular asset to the repertoire . . . altogether a milestone for MacMillan

Observer, 1965

Kenneth MacMillan takes his place as one of the world’s leading choreographers

Daily Mail

Romeo and Juliet is the first full-length ballet of Kenneth MacMillan created by him on the poignant music of Sergey Prokofiev to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Willliam Shakespeare. However the ballet was eventually premiered one year later, in 1965.

MacMillan originally staged Romeo and Juliet, for his muse Lynn Seymour and Christopher Gable, who were the Royal Ballet Principals at that time. Nevertheless, the honour of the first performance had gone to Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn who were a bigger draw for the upcoming Royal Ballet Tour to the USA and who were imposed in the ballet just a few days before the premiere. Fonteyn and Nureyev’s performance on the opening night was received with 43 curtain calls and almost forty minutes of applause.

This production has been at the heart of the Royal Ballet repertoire ever since and it has been toured around the globe with various ballet companies. The Perm Ballet’s artistic director Alexey Miroshnichenko was the first one to bring classic MacMillan production on the Russian soil. It was premiered in 2013 at the Diaghilev Festival in Perm. Perm Ballet has done a great job in recreating lavish decorations and costumes from the original MacMillan production. According to the company’s artistic director Aleksey Miroshnichenko “this is a vivid performance, it hardly has any pantomimes. Of course it is complicated, but the spectators feel enrolled in it. And the most important thing is that it is more positive than the Lavrovsky’s version”.

Now the audience of the 15th Anniversary DANCE OPEN International Ballet Festival will get an opportunity to see the legendary Romeo and Juliet in MacMillan’c choreography performed by the Perm Ballet.