Romeo and Juliet
Ballet by John Cranko after William Shakespeare
The State OperaApproximate running time
2 hours 30 minutes, 2 intermission 20 minutesPremiere
Czech premiere: 10 February 2022 at the State Opera
The most famous love story of all time, the grand and timeless theme, is the subject of John Cranko’s ballet Romeo and Juliet, which we will stage at the State Opera.
Ever since its premiere eight decades ago, Sergey Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet has been performed by renowned companies worldwide, as one of the pillars of the classical ballet repertoire.
John Cranko originally created an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet for the ballet company of La Scala in Milan, whose production featured the celebrated prima ballerina Carla Fracci and the dancer Mario Pistoni in the title roles. Four years later, in 1962, the Stuttgart Ballet, which he helmed, presented a revised version, starring Márcia Haydée and Ray Barra. Cranko’s production is still immensely popular and part of the repertoire of numerous globally renowned companies (the National Ballet of Canada, Australian Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Vienna State Ballet, Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile, Finnish National Ballet, National Ballet of China in Beijing, Bavarian State Ballet, Boston and Washington Ballets, etc.).
Our new production of Cranko’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s immortal tale, forcibly conveying human emotions, features the globally renowned designer Jürgen Rose’s original enthralling sets and costumes.
Czech Premiere: 10 February 2022 at the State Opera
Artists of the Czech National Ballet
Students of the Dance Conservatory of the Capital City of Prague
State Opera Orchestra
Performing music rights :By courtesy of Musikverlag Hans Sikorski GmbH, Berlin.
Age appropriateness: 12+
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Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 September at 9am we started selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of February 2023.
What to wear?
By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.
Parking at the State opera
While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.
Buffets at the State Opera
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