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Choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Royal Ballet production of Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet premiered at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on 9 February 1965.

Romeo and Juliet
ChoreographerKenneth MacMillan
MusicSergei Prokofiev
Premiere1965
Royal Opera House, London
Original ballet companyThe Royal Ballet
GenreBallet
TypeClassical

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BackgroundEdit

Kenneth MacMillan had previously choreographed the balcony scene for Lynn Seymour and Christopher Gable to dance in September 1964 for Canadian Television.[1] This experience made him seem a good candidate to choreograph the entire ballet for Covent Garden, when the Soviet Union refused to allow Leonid Lavrovsky's classic production to tour to London.[2] MacMillan prepared his version with the blessing of Frederick Ashton.[3]

Premiere performanceEdit

Kenneth MacMillan's Royal Ballet production of Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet premiered at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on 9 February 1965.[4] Though MacMillan had conceived the ballet for Lynn Seymour and Christopher Gable, for "bureaucratic reasons" Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev danced the opening night, to MacMillan's disappointment.[5] Fonteyn and Nureyev brought new life to the characters, as did the set and costume designs by Nicholas Georgiadis; Fonteyn, considered to be near retirement, embarked upon a rejuvenated career with a partnership with Nureyev.

FilmEdit

The production was filmed and received a cinematic release in 1966.

The film was one of a series of movies financed between Rank and the NFFC.[6] It received some strong reviews but was a box office disappointment.[7]

Original castEdit

Source:[8]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Jann Parry, p274
  2. ^ Jann Parry, p275
  3. ^ Jann Parry, p276
  4. ^ Jann Parry, p285
  5. ^ Macaulay, Alastair. "Sex, violence, and Kenneth MacMillan" in Reading dance: a gathering of memoirs, reportage, criticism, profiles: p. 422
  6. ^ Petrie p 7-8
  7. ^ Petrie p 12
  8. ^ "Romeo and Juliet". Kennethmacmillan.com. Retrieved 15 October 2014.

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