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Final Performance of Romeo & Juliet

Published on Monday 3 January, 2011

A slightly later start today meant there was time for the Company to visit a few sights or do a little shopping before class. The Forbidden City and Summer Palace were popular destinations as well as the Silk Market where incredible bargains are said to be had! The NCPA is situated just off Tiananmen Square so we have had great views of the Great Hall of the People and the Forbidden City on our doorstep. Hironao Takahashi taught class today to give David Nixon a slight break from taking all the classes and rehearsals and watching all the performances as he is the only member of Ballet Staff in Beijing.

John Pryce-Jones had the final rehearsal with the orchestra prior to the Dress Rehearsal of Madame Butterfly tomorrow. The Drum solo is always a major challenge and it is vital that timing is perfect so John kept the percussionists working until he was satisfied that it would work for the dancers.



By the way, there are lots of things you can't do outside the NCPA!






Tonight’s performance was very well received from a much more vocal audience than we had experienced on previous performances which was great for Martha Leebolt dancing Juliet and YI Song dancing Romeo. It was particularly special for Yi Song as he was previously a student at the Beijing Academy.

Almost before the last curtain call, the Technical Team were standing by to get Romeo & Juliet off the stage and Madame Butterfly in place ready for tomorrow. It is major challenge to switch from one production to another over night and the team was split in two with one working through the night.






All photos: Neil Jarman


Romeo    罗密欧 Yi Song 
Juliet   朱丽叶 Martha Leebolt
Mercutio   莫丘蒂奥 Giuliano Contadini
Nurse   奶妈 Christie Duncan
Benvolio   斑沃里奥 Tobias Batley
Tybalt   提伯尔特 Darren Goldsmith
Lord Montague   蒙太古勋爵 Michael Berkin
Paris   帕力斯 Graham Kotowich
Lord Capulet   凯普莱特勋爵 Martin Bell
Friar Laurence    弗莱尔·劳伦斯 Kenneth Tindall
Lady Capulet   凯普莱特勋爵夫人 Victoria Sibson
Prince of Verona   维罗那王子 Kenneth Tindall
第1幕  ACT 1    
Tybalt’s Henchmen      提伯尔特随从  John Hull, Sebastian Loe
Montague Men            蒙太古族人 Yoshihisa Arai, Ashley Dixon 
Montague Women       蒙太古家族女人 Ayana Kanda, Michela Paolacci, Julie Charlet, Rachael Gillespie, Dreda Blow
Capulet Women           凯普莱特家族女人 Jessica Morgan, Rym Kechacha, Lori Gilchrist     
Knights in Ballroom      舞厅里的骑士 Yoshihisa Arai, John Hull, Sebastian Loe Nicola Gervasi
Knight’s Ladies            骑士情妇 Dreda Blow, Rym Kechacha, Lori Gilchrist, Jessica Morgan
Juliet’s Friends                        朱丽叶朋友 Isabella Gasparini, Michela Paolacci, Antoinette Brooks-Daw Hannah Bateman
第2幕  ACT 2    
Capulet Friends           凯普莱特家族朋友 John Hull, Sebastian Loe, Nicola Gervasi
Capulet Girls           凯普莱特家族少女 Isabella Gasparini, Michela Paolacci, Antoinette Brooks-Daw, Hannah Bateman
Montague Friends       凯普莱特家族朋友 Yoshihisa Arai, Ashley Dixon  
Gypsies                        吉普赛 Ayana Kanda, Dreda Blow, Julie Charlet, Rachael Gillespie
第3幕 ACT 3  
Morning Serenade       小夜曲吟唱者 Isabella Gasparini, Michela Paolacci, Antoinette Brooks-Daw, Hannah Bateman, Nicola Gervasi, Sebastian Loe, Ben Mitchell, Yoshihisa Arai
Conductor                    指挥      Nigel Gaynor 


Mark Skipper DL, Northern Ballet's Chief Executive. Photo Simon Lawson.
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