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Romeo and Juliet

Experience the timeless and heart-breaking classic Romeo and Juliet. John Cranko's epic version of Shakespeare's most heart-rending love story reaches new heights under The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director, David Hallberg.

In the Joan Sutherland Theatre | The Australian Ballet | Dance

"If you think you’ve seen Romeo and Juliet, think again. This is a revelation."

Daily Express

“These violent delights have violent ends …” — William Shakespeare 

In the history of dance, there are only a handful of productions that translate Shakespeare’s story of tragic love into compelling ballet form. John Cranko’s majestic version is one of them.

An artist who effortlessly fused dance and drama, Cranko richly evokes the grandeur of the Capulets’ ball, the fierce clashes of the rival families and the brief, luminous flare of young love. His choreography seems to flow spontaneously out of Sergei Prokofiev’s score, which has proven itself as immortal as Shakespeare’s play.

Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet binds artists and audiences in a profound emotional experience that will linger long after the curtain falls.

Presented by The Australian Ballet, with Opera Australia Orchestra.

Romeo and Juliet is generously supported by The Arthur and Roma Norcott Fund & The Maina Gielgud Fund.

Production Partners: KAWAI and Bloch

Enjoy early ticket access and save with a 2022 Season Package. Visit The Australian Ballet website for more details. 

The Australian Ballet Romeo and Juliet

Artist Information

Choreography John Cranko
Guest Repetiteur and Stager Yseult Lendvai
Guest Repetiteur Mark Kay
Music Sergei Prokofiev
Costume and set design Jürgen Rose
Lighting design Jon Buswell

       

Venue Information

In line with the NSW Public Health Order, venue capacity is currently limited to 75%. This includes all performances in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room. Please note that you may be seated directly alongside other patrons.

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice).  
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a six min walk to the Opera House. 

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