Belfast Grand Opera House
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Sadler's Wells, London
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Ashton Double bill
First Steps: a child's Swan Lake
Free pre-performance talks
Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare Triple bill
The Taming of the Shrew
Variations Triple bill (Birmingham)
Variations Triple bill (tour)
Romeo and Juliet story guide
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The ballet is set in Verona
Scene 1: The market place
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 place, 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 in 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 ante-room in the Capulets' 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 Capulets' house
Guests arrive for a ball at the Capuletsı 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, dances
to distract attention from him. Tybalt recognises Romeo and orders him to
leave, but Capulet intervenes and welcomes him as a guest in his house.
Scene 5: Outside the Capulets' house
As the guests leave the ball Capulet restrains Tybalt from pursuing Romeo.
Scene 6: Julietıs balcony
Unable to sleep, Juliet comes out on to her balcony and is thinking of
Romeo, when suddenly he appears in the garden. They confess their love for