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Star-crossed lovers Romeo & Juliet in a loving embrace, both wearing white against a fantasy blue and yellow background.

Romeo & Juliet

The greatest love story ever told is back – as Northern Ballet’s electrifying production returns in spring 2024.   

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

Adapted by Christopher Gable CBE and Massimo Moricone, Romeo & Juliet is one of Northern Ballet’s most beloved and critically acclaimed productions. Every leap, every turn, every heartbeat breathes new life into Shakespeare's masterpiece and invites you to rediscover the iconic love story like it’s the very first time. 

With glorious dancers, eye-catching sets and Prokofiev’s timeless music, this is ballet at its most dramatic, romantic and intense.

"...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
Juliet and Romeo dance together as they would for the rest of their lives
Juliet and Romeo steal a few moments together at the masked ball
Juliet dances at the masked ball
Juliet's parents in the Dance of the Knights
Juliet dances carefree

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.

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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 Merlin Hendy.

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