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ENB Romeo and Juliet - Milton Keynes Theatre

Published by: Louise Winter on 23rd Oct 2015 | View all blogs by Louise Winter

Reviewed by Alison Smith

22nd October 2015

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image credti Annabel Moeller

The story of Romeo and Juliet is still as relevant today as it was in the 16th century when Shakespeare wrote the play, in the 1930’s when Prokofiev composed the music and in the 1970’s when Nureyev created the ballet. Verona, the ballet’s world, is a place of disease, conflict and violence, coexisting with humour, joy and love.

The contrast between these two aspects is highlighted from the outset when the death cart trundles across the stage and Romeo, young, handsome and lustful makes his first entrance. And throughout the ballet, the set design, lighting, music, costume and choreography all work together to show the dichotomy - andante and allegro, light and dark, blood red and palest pales.

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image credit Laurent Liotardo

The dancers are technically and emotionally excellent. Erina Takahashi as Juliet is a fragile, innocent bride, vulnerable yet stubborn in the face of her conventional, dull parent’s demands. Romeo, Isaac Hernandez, love-struck, dreamy or bereft, epitomises a young lover. They dance together with abandon and passion. The joy and tragedy which enfolds is visible not only in their young bodies but on their faces. I was moved by their freshness and fervour. Cesar Corrales and James Forbat ,as Mercutio and Benvolio, add humour and camaraderie , while Tybalt, James Streeter, is strong and sexy. The sword fighting is breathtaking in its speed and dexterity.The corps de ballet gives the performance exuberance and drama.

This production is thrilling. It sparkles with wit, entrances with emotion and devastates with tragedy. I will see it again.

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image cedit Patrick Baldwin

Romeo and Juliet plays MK Theatre until 24th October

Box office 0844 871 7652 

Online booking www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee)

Comments

2 Comments

  • Carolin Kopplin
    by Carolin Kopplin 2 years ago
    Sounds intriguing. One of my favourite ballets.
  • Louise Winter
    by Louise Winter 2 years ago
    Hi Carolin. Alison (new reviewer) went to this but had a few issues uploading so it's in my blog this time. It does sound good doesn't it. Tamara Rojo is determined to put her stamp on the ENB so I imagine productions since she took over may have quite a different 'feel ' to them.
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