Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words Blu-ray


  • Starring Francesca Hayward, William Bracewell and a host of The Royal Ballet’s finest dancers, Kenneth MacMillan’s iconic ballet is brought to life in this special film, shot on location by the Emmy Award-winning pairing of Michael Nunn and William Trevitt. With the story presented in a ground-breaking new light, Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words captures the extraordinary performances that have earned The Royal Ballet the reputation of producing the greatest actor-dancers in the world. Their artistry pays tribute to a production that's internationally recognised as the zenith of dance storytelling.

    Also available on DVD

    Romeo: William Bracewell
    Juliet: Francesca Hayward
    Tybalt: Matthew Ball
    Mercutio: Marcelino Sambé
    Benvolio: James Hay
    Lady Capulet: Kristen McNally
    Lord Capulet: Christopher Saunders
    Nurse: Romany Pajdak
    Paris: Thomas Mock
    Friar Laurence: Bennet Gartside
    First Soloists, Soloists and Artists of The Royal Ballet

    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    Conductor: Koen Kessels
    Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
    Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
    Original Designer: Nicholas Georgiadis
    Film Director: Michael Nunn
    Director of Photography: William Trevitt

    Extra Features: The Making of Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words; Q&A with the cast and crew; Cast Gallery

    Picture: 16:9
    Sound: LPCM 2.0 & DTS Digital Surround 5.1
    Duration: 90 mins (Ballet); 53 mins (Extra Features)
    Region: 0 (All regions)
    Format: Blu-ray
    Year: 2020
    Subtitles: EN / FR / DE / KO (Extra Features only)

  • Reviews:

    "It reveals Hayward both as a luminous screen presence and as an astonishingly lyrical, heartfelt Juliet, a dancer who illuminates the traditional steps and makes them live and breathe."
    The Times

    Hayward’s Romeo, William Bracewell, is perfectly cast, too… The romance is heady (the kiss where she rises on to her tiptoes: swoon), the chemistry is palpable, the dancing dreamy.” The Guardian

    A fresh, dynamic take on a familiar favourite.” Financial Times


    Finalist: Rose d'Or 2020