The Royal Ballet presents Romeo & Juliet at The O2

The Royal Ballet will dance a unique production of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet at The O2 arena in June 2011. It will be the first time the Company has danced in a UK arena and, in order to fully celebrate the occasion, there will be up to 2000 specially-priced £10 tickets at every performance.

An all-star cast of Royal Ballet dancers including Carlos Acosta, Tamara Rojo, Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg, Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi will dance the roles of the famous star-crossed lovers for four shows, plus there will be an exclusive matinée performance for younger audiences featuring Steven McRae and Roberta Marquez.

Steven McRae as Romeo and Roberta Marquez as Juliet at the O2. Photo: Elliott Franks / ROH ©

The main floor of the arena will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis, meaning that some lucky audience members will have front row seats for only £10. Top price tickets for the shows will be just £60.

The Royal Ballet, usually based at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, will move lock, stock and barrel into the arena for these special performances which will include a filmed introduction to each Act, ensuring that everyone can follow the action as it unfolds on stage and on giant, live-relay screens.

Dame Monica Mason, Director of The Royal Ballet said of the announcement:

I am thrilled that The Royal Ballet has the opportunity to perform at The O2 and to introduce our work to so many new people. Romeo and Juliet is one of the greatest ballets in our repertory and it will be both exciting and challenging to present it in this vast venue.

Edward Watson as Romeo, here with Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet. Photo: Dee Conway / ROH ©

The Royal Ballet is presenting the shows in association with concert promoter Raymond Gubbay.


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Romeo and Juliet runs at The O2 from 17 to 19 June 2011. Priority Tickets for O2 customers on sale now. General sale opens this Sunday 5 December. For further information and booking visit The O2 website.

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6 Comments

  • December 6, 2010

    Emilia

    Kenneth MacMillan’s R&J uses Prokofiev’s score – you can read more about this particular version here: http://www.theballetbag.com/2010/01/08/romeo-and-juliet/

    Hope this helps!

  • December 6, 2010

    Barbara

    Whose score is it – Prokofiev or Tchaikovsky please?

  • December 6, 2010

    Barbara

    Whose score is it – Prokofiev or Tchaikovsky please?

  • December 5, 2010

    Emilia

    Via ticketmaster.co.uk, just click on all the price options, cheapest are £10 + 1.25 booking fee

  • December 5, 2010

    Jenny File

    How do we buy £10 tickets?

  • December 3, 2010

    Weekend reading

    [...] At the O2, the Company’s Music Director Barry Wordsworth will conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Live relay screens will also show specially filmed introductions to the characters and action on stage, created by the acclaimed Ballet Boyz. Read more [...]