Sergei Prokofiev

Romeo and Juliet - ABT

Overview

Against the sumptuous setting of Renaissance Italy, Kenneth MacMillan draws emotional depth from the immortal romance of Romeo and Juliet. Although Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague come from two warring families, when they meet at the Capulets’ ball, they fall in instantaneous love, transcending the hatred between their kin. The pair marries in secret to avoid further conflict between the families. Even so, a battle between Romeo and Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin, ensues and sets off a series of events that turns this love story into a tragedy. Prokofiev’s unforgettable music underscores the beauty and passion of this beloved ballet and its star-crossed lovers.