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The greatest love story ever told is back – as Northern Ballet’s electrifying production returns.

In the ultimate tale of forbidden love, two young people risk everything to be together.

This raw and emotionally charged adaptation of Romeo & Juliet breathes new life into Shakespeare’s masterpiece as the passion and violence at work in the streets of Verona boils over, with tragedy following swiftly behind.

Every leap, every turn, every heartbeat invites you to rediscover this iconic story like it’s the very first time, as the lovers fight to kindle their flame against the turmoil around them.

Adapted by Christopher Gable CBE and Massimo Moricone, Romeo & Juliet is one of Northern Ballet’s most beloved and critically acclaimed productions. With glorious dancers, eye-catching sets and Prokofiev’s timeless music, this is ballet at its most dramatic, romantic and intense .

Juliet leans over her balcony and Romeo reaches up to hold her hand
A male dancer jumping in splits
A female dancer in splits on the shoulders of a male dancer
Two dancers with swords jousting on stage
Three dancers on the left of a large stage in bird masks. To the right is a group of ladies in bright skirts.
I red lighting, a group of men stand wearing masks and carrying a red staff
Juliet stands en pointe with her arms above her head, Romeo holds her by the waist
"...swift-paced and full-blooded... in a setting of raw violence... a sexy ballet too.... a box office 'cert' for years to come."
The Sunday Times
" innovative and original force in British Ballet"
Dance Europe
Romeo and Juliet kiss, him cradling her head she holding him against her.
Black and white photo of women devastated and crying sat on the floor
Black and white photo a an man with a angry, pained expression being held back by two people who seem to be concerned
Man dressed in a white shirt and grey leggings leaps high with his feet together, one arm straight up above his head and the other straight behind him.
Dressed in white, two people dancing a duet, holding each other closely and with love.

Parental guidance recommended, contains stylized depictions of suicide

Running time 2 hours 24 minutes (approximately)

Creative Team

Directed and Devised by
Production Design
  • Lez Brotherston OBE
Assistant Director
  • Mollie Guifoyle
  • Sergei Prokofiev
Lighting Design
  • Paul Pyant
Fight Director
  • Jonathan Howell
Tour Lighting
Star-crossed lovers Romeo & Juliet, her standing en pointe and him kneeling in front of her, both wearing white against a fantasy blue and yellow background.

Rekindle the Romance

Northern Ballet’s beloved 1991 production of Romeo & Juliet, directed by Christopher Gable and choreographed by Massimo Morricone, was one of the productions damaged in the 2015 flood. In Spring 2024 we plan to restage this universal story, but we need your help to reunite our lovers.

Donate now

Black and white photo of choreographer Mthuthuzeli November in rehearsals surrounded by dancers and collaborators, smiling as they review footage on a mobile device.

Coming soon

Northern Ballet collaborator, Mthuthuzeli November (Wailers, Three Short Ballets, 2022) returns in autumn 2024 with a new commission in response to the classic story Romeo & Juliet.

Header photo by Guy Farrow featuring dancers Amber Lewis and Joseph Taylor. Production photos by Tristram Kenton and Emily Nuttall.

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