Romeo and Juliet

March 16—20, 2016

Romeo and Juliet

March 16—20, 2016

About the Ballet

Few of the many Shakespeare works that have been re-imagined for ballet have had the lasting impact and been embraced with as much affection as Romeo and Juliet. The famous story of two young lovers whose passion is tragically thwarted by the enmity of their respective families has inspired numerous choreographers over the decades, attracted by the enduring power of its themes and narrative and by its potential for dramatic and evocative dancing.

The celebrated Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, in his adaptation of the play, which he created for The National Ballet of Canada in 2011, has given the familiar story a fresh and compelling re-telling. Staying true to the play’s potent theatricality and poignant commingling of romance and tragedy, and plumbing the characters’ emotional depths and human complexity with rare sensitivity, Mr. Ratmansky has created a Romeo and Juliet that is at once bracing and modern in its choreographic vigor, yet timeless in its dramatic urgency.

“★★★★/4 A Romeo and Juliet with soul. A choreographic delight, rich in detail, subtle in its musicality and always dramatically expressive.”
Toronto Star

Romeo and Juliet Trailer

Romeo and Juliet: Studio to Stage

Romeo and Juliet: Behind the Scenes

Romeo and Juliet: Ballet Talk with Lindsay Fischer

Romeo and Juliet gallery View Gallery


“Ratmansky’s love of speed and virtuosity are in full display in Romeo and Juliet… In his version of Romeo and Juliet, love acts like a triple shot of espresso, jolting the limbs as well as the hearts of the title hero and heroine… this relentless energy gives the ballet its contemporary flavour.” —Ottawa Citizen

“This National Ballet production is as good as it gets.” —American Record Guide

“Totally fresh… refreshing energy and a witty, unexpected slant.” —The Times, UK

“Ratmansky is the king of speed and danger... brilliant at drawing character and he understands how to highlight dramatic moments within the music. A Romeo and Juliet that builds in both excitement and pathos.” —The Globe and Mail 

“Dazzling combat choreography... sweeping lifts. A new modern classic for the company’s diamond anniversary.” —National Post 

“[A Romeo and Juliet] to treasure for the next 60 years.” —Toronto Sun 

“A triumph for Kain and company… one of those moments that defined the company's history” —The Montreal Gazette

Running Time

  • Act I 52m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act II 30m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act III 38m
  • Total (approx) 2h 50m


Elena Lobsanova (March 16, 19 at 7:30 pm)
Heather Ogden (March 17)
Sonia Rodriguez (March 18)
Chelsy Meiss (March 19 at 2:00 pm)
Svetlana Lunkina* (March 20)

Guillaume Côté  (March 16, 19 at 7:30 pm)
Harrison James (March 17)
Naoya Ebe (March 18)
Brendan Saye (March 19 at 2:00 pm)
Evan McKie* (March 20)

Piotr Stanczyk (March 16, 19 at 7:30 pm)
Jack Bertinshaw (March 17, 19 at 2:00 pm, 20)
Skylar Campbell (March 18)

Jonathan Renna (March 16, 18, 19 at 7:30 pm)
McGee Maddox (March 17, 19 at 2:00 pm, 20)

Lorna Geddes (March 16, 17, 19 at 7:30 pm)
Rebekah Rimsay (March 18, 19 at 2:00 pm, 20)

Friar Laurence
Tomas Schramek (March 16, 18, 19)
Peter Ottmann (March 17, 20)

Ben Rudisin*

Robert Stephen (March 16, 18, 19 at 7:30 pm)
Dylan Tedaldi (March 17, 19 at 2:00 pm, 20)

Casting subject to change.

Further Reading


Prokofiev's Score

Running Time

  • Act I 52m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act II 30m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act III 38m
  • Total (approx) 2h 50m


Alexei Ratmansky

Sergei Prokofiev

Set, Costume and Properties Design:
Richard Hudson

Lighting Design:
Jennifer Tipton

Lead philanthropic support for Romeo and Juliet is provided by Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., with additional generous support from Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and Walter Carsen, O.C.

Ballet Talks

The National Ballet invites you to attend the Romeo and Juliet Ballet Talk 45 minutes before every show in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Enhance your experience and learn more about our productions from Lindsay Fischer, Artistic Director, YOU dance/Ballet Master.

Please note: Peter Ottmann, Senior Ballet Master, will host the Ballet Talks for Romeo and Juliet on Saturday March 19 and Sunday March 20 2016.

Virtual Museum

Get more insight into Romeo and Juliet through our Virtual Museum featuring set and costume sketches, footwear, artifacts and more from the National Ballet Archives.

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Celebrate the Dancers

This timeless story is magnificently brought to life by the National Ballet's dancers. They relish rich roles like these to connect with audiences, showcase their talents and push themselves to even greater heights.

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Top image credit: Guillaume Côté and Elena Lobsanova in Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Bruce Zinger.