Romeo and Juliet (Nureyev)

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Romeo and Juliet
Choreographer Rudolf Nureyev
Music Sergei Prokofiev
Premiere 1977
London Coliseum, London
Original ballet company London Festival Ballet
Characters Patricia Ruanne and Rudolf Nureyev
Genre Ballet
Type Neoclassical

Rudolf Nureyev's production of Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet premiered at the London Coliseum on 2 June 1977.

Background and Premiere

Rudolf Nureyev had previously dances as the leading role in Kenneth MacMillan's production of the ballet at the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden in 1965. In 1977, Nureyev left the Royal Ballet and created his own production of the ballet for London Festival Ballet to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee.[1][2][3] This production premiered at the London Coliseum on 2 June 1977, with the British ballerina Patricia Ruanne as Juliet and Rudolf as Romeo. This production is still in the English National Ballet's repertoire.[2]

This production was later staged for the La Scala Theatre Ballet and the first night took place on 20 December 1980, with Carla Fracci as Juliet and the choreographer as Romeo.[4] This production was filmed in 1983 and broadcast in Italy and Britain, with the participation of Margot Fonteyn as Lady Capulet.[5]

In 1984, this production was introduced to Paris Opera Ballet with Monique Loudières and Patrick Dupond as the leading roles.[4] The production was filmed and released in DVD format in 1995, featuring Loudières as Juliet and Manuel Legris as Romeo.

Original cast

1980 Milan cast

1984 Paris cast

1995 Paris (DVD) cast


  1. ^ Boccadoro, Patricia. "Is Nureyev's Romeo and Juliet the Best Version?". Culturekiosque. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  2. ^ a b "Romeo & Juliet | English National Ballet". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  3. ^ Pritchard, Jim. "Nureyev's Spirit Lives on in ENB's Romeo and Juliet : Seen and Heard International". Seen and Heard International. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  4. ^ a b "Romeo and Juliet - Nureyev's choreography - Rudolf Nureyev Foundation". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  5. ^ "'Restored' video of Rudolf Nureyev's version of Romeo and Juliet with Carla Fracci and Margot Fonteyn, now on YouTube". gramilano. 2011-10-16. Retrieved 2017-03-11.


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  • Snodgrass, Mary Ellen. The Encyclopedia of World Ballet. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
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