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  • Romeo and Juliet

Act 1 – 60 mins Interval  20 mins Act 2 – 34  mins Interval  15 mins Act3/4 – 50 mins

Wednesday 30 August 7:30pm – Opening Night Friday 1 September – Pre-Performance Talk 6:30pm Saturday 2 September – Warm Up, Curtain Up 6:20pm Sunday 3 September – Audio Described Performance

A sunlit piazza, the candlelit corner of a noble ballroom, a moonlit balcony… when young lovers meet, the world is stilled… then changed forever. Italian choreographer Francesco Ventriglia creates a new production of Shakespeare’s greatest love story, especially for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.  This brand new ballet, with exquisite sets and costumes by Oscar-winning designer James Acheson (The Last Emperor, Dangerous Liaisons) brings to life all of the splendour and seduction of Renaissance Verona, swept up in Prokofiev’s exhilarating, passionate score*.  Join us as we follow the Montagues and Capulets in Shakespeare’s original tale of two star-crossed lovers though desire, struggle and tragedy.  In a first for the RNZB, and thanks to Auckland Live, we are delighted to offer a live audio description of Romeo and Juliet for blind and visually impaired patrons at the performance on Sunday 3 September. 

*Live orchestra in Auckland (Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra)

Age Recommendation: Parental guidance is recommended due to the themes covered in the story of Romeo and Juliet and the length of the production

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