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Romeo & Juliet

Misa Kuranaga and Paulo Arrais
Photo by: Liza Voll

Star-crossed love

Love brings beauty and sorrow in Shakespeare’s tale of youthful passion and family rivalry. Choreographed by John Cranko to Sergei Prokofiev’s dramatic score, the ballet fully captures the romance and tragedy of two young lovers caught between their bitterly opposed families. The story’s clarity, the fusion of compelling acting and masterful dance, and the piercing representation of life itself—all make this a perfect ballet for both new and experienced audiences.

With Sincere Appreciation 
The 2017-2018 performances of Romeo & Juliet have been made possible by a generous gift from Eleanor and Frank Pao.

Visit Tesla and the Model X at the Boston Opera House during the run of John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet


Romeo & Juliet
Three Act Ballet by John Cranko
Based on the tragedy by William Shakespeare


Sergei Prokofiev

Sets & Costume Design

Jürgen Rose, 1968

Lighting Design

Kevin Dreyer


Supervised by


Dieter Graefe

World Premiere

Dec 2, 1962, Stuttgart Ballet

Boston Ballet Premiere

Feb 14, 2008, Wang Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts

Full Program Run Time

Approx. 2hrs 45 min