Prokofiev’s finest ballet
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Starring: Alexander Volchkov, Anna Nikulina
The feud between the Montague and Capulet families is bringing bloodshed to the streets of Verona. So when the Capulets organise a masked ball in honour of their daughter Juliet, Romeo Montague and his friend Mercutio attend incognito. The young couple fall hopelessly in love, but soon realise that they belong to rival houses.
Shakespeare’s timeless tragic love story was the inspiration for Prokofiev’s much-loved ballet, which is packed with famous melodies. Its centrepiece is the instantly recognisable, supremely dramatic ‘Dance of the Knights’, which was appropriated as the theme tune for ‘The Apprentice’. Choreographed by the Bolshoi’s legendary former artistic director Yuri Grigorovich, this production benefits from outstanding performances by Alexander Volchkov as Romeo and Anna Nikulina as Juliet. It was recorded live in 2013.