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English National Ballet – Romeo and Juliet

The world’s greatest love story has made its way to Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre. Shakespeare‘s timeless tragedy of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, accompanied by the beautiful precision of the English National Ballet, it makes for a sublime and heart wrenching performance.

Rudolf Nureyev‘s captivating choreography and conductor Gavin Sutherland’s musical arrangements embodied the narrative that captivated the audience transporting them to Renaissance Verona.

The clashing crimson and emerald costumes are used to visually present the infamous feud between the Montagues and the Capulets. Esteban Berlanga, as Romeo, wore baby blue, and Begona Cao, who played Juliet, wore blush pink. These pastel colours contrasted with the vibrant reds and greens on stage suggesting their views were different to that of their respective heritages. The pastel colours also emphasised the tender age of the characters, assisting the narrative.

ROMEO and JULIET, English National Ballet_ Bristol Hippodrome; Juliet; Alina Cojocaru, Romeo; Isaac Hernández, Mercutio; Cesar Corrales, Benvolio; James Forbat, Tybalt; James Streeter, Rosaline; Alison McWhinney, Paris; Max Westwell,
ROMEO and JULIET, English National Ballet. Bristol Hippodrome; Juliet; Alina Cojocaru, Romeo; Isaac Hernández, Mercutio; Cesar Corrales, Benvolio; James Forbat, Tybalt; James Streeter, Rosaline; Alison McWhinney, Paris; Max Westwell,

 

Despite the heartbreaking tragedy, the role of cheeky Mercutio presented a humorous dimension to the performance. Fernando Bufalá’s vivacious energy created a relationship with the audience, even wiggling his bum in their face, and this connection made his deplorable death that much more devastating.

The stand out performance however, was Cao’s presentation of young Juliet. Cao’s delicate attack on both commitment to the character and technically challenging routines was breathtaking. Her spotlight solo performance, following the death of Tybalt, demonstrated a believable emotional struggle along with a physical strength that enchanted the theatre. Her approach to the relationship with Berlanga, as Romeo, was gentle and sincere, making for an authentic love story.

ROMEO and JULIET, English National Ballet_ Bristol Hippodrome; Juliet; Alina Cojocaru, Romeo; Isaac Hernández, Mercutio; Cesar Corrales, Benvolio; James Forbat, Tybalt; James Streeter, Rosaline; Alison McWhinney Paris; Max Westwell,

As Shakespeare intended, ‘for never was a story of more woe, than that of Juliet and her Romeo.’ This was certainly true as tears streamed down the audience’s face as they desperately willed Juliet to wake up in time. This romantic experience full of wit and elegance by the award winning English National Ballet is one not to be missed!

‘Simply beautiful’ Sharon, 47

‘Such a touching and timeless performance’ Diane, 45

Don’t miss your chance to see this stunning show in The Mayflower Theatre, 28th-31st October 2015!

Pricing ranges from a student friendly £10.75-£48.50. Group bookings of 10+ will have a discount of £5 per ticket. Book now!

The Mayflower Theatre is also hosting a Live Drawing Workshop in collaboration with the English National Ballet the 30th October. For more information follow this link. http://www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on/live-drawing-workshops/

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