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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo's ball jacket

Romeo's ball jacket designed by Jürgen Rose (1976). Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.

In 1973, a fire in the National Ballet’s wardrobe department destroyed all of the costumes for Romeo and Juliet. The production was rebuilt in 1976 and returned to the National Ballet’s repertoire as part of the 25th anniversary season. It was first performed at the Olympic Arts Festival in Montréal in July of 1976 and then performed in Toronto in November. Many former National Ballet dancers came out of retirement to appear for a special performance on November 14, 1976 including Lilian Jarvis as Juliet, Hazaros Surmeyan as Romeo, Yves Cousineau as Tybalt and Celia Franca as Lady Capulet.

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.