Matthew Ball and Yasmine Naghdi - two of The Royal Ballet's brightest young stars - play the doomed lovers in Kenneth MacMillan’s world-famous production of Romeo and Juliet. Sergey Prokofiev’s famously evocative score is the driver for some of the most ardent pas de deux and powerful set pieces in ballet history. The vibrant crowd scenes with magnificent designs by Nicholas Georgiadis vividly recreate the colour and bustle of 16th-century Verona in this Royal Ballet classic.
Juliet: Yasmine Naghdi Romeo: Matthew Ball Mercutio: Valentino Zucchetti Tybalt: Gary Avis Benvolio: Benjamin Ella Paris: Nicol Edmonds Lord Capulet: Christopher Saunders Lady Capulet: Christina Arestis Rosaline: Fumi Kaneko Nurse: Kristen McNally Friar Laurence: Jonathan Howells
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Conductor: Pavel Sorokin Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan Designs: Nicholas Georgiadis
Extras: Why The Royal Ballet love performing Romeo and Juliet; Darcey Bussell joins Yasmine Naghdi for a rehearsal of Romeo and Juliet; Sword Fighting in Romeo and Juliet; Cast Gallery
Picture: 16:9 Sound: LPCM 2.0 Stereo and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio Surround Format: Blu-ray Subtitles: (Extra features only) EN, FR, DE, JP, KO Region code: 0 (All Regions) Duration: 149 mins Year: 2019 (1 & 11 June)
"From the quarrelling townsfolk to the stately ball guests, this is a Romeo packed with life, the whole company caught up in the ballet's unfolding tragedy."The Independent
"Naghdi has a rare, sombre virtuousness on stage; Ball, with his high forehead and curly hair, looked like a portrait of Philip Sidney... the closeness between them in their balcony scene marvellously showed two youngsters swimming in love." The Spectator
"Romeo and Juliet’s first dance features music as lushly romantic as anything Tchaikovsky devised. Ball and Naghdi evoke this dreaminess, leaning into the choreography’s teasing and playful side. Meeting later that evening, they soar in moments of bliss." The Reviews Hub