Queensland Ballet’s Australian première of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet

April 16, 2014

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Queensland Ballet’s Australian première of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet


27 June – 5 July

Lyric Theatre, QPAC


The centerpiece of Queensland Ballet’s Season 2014 is the Australian première of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s iconic Romeo & Juliet.

The late Sir Kenneth MacMillan is one of the world’s most highly regarded choreographers, and his Romeo & Juliet is widely considered the best in the world.

Queensland Ballet is honoured to be the first company in Australia to present this celebrated work of 20th century dance.

International ballet stars Tamara Rojo, an acclaimed Spanish ballerina and Artistic Director of English National Ballet; Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, a Principal Guest Artist of The Royal Ballet; and Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae will be performing alongside Queensland Ballet’s talented dancers.

This stellar production has been made possible thanks to the generous funding by the Queensland Government’s Super Star Fund, which gives Queensland audiences the chance to see internationally-acclaimed artists in their own backyard.

Also in the cast for selected performances are acclaimed Australian Ballet Principal Artist Daniel Gaudiello, as Mercutio and former Principal, Steven Heathcote, as Lord Capulet.

MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet is a magnificent and grand production, but the very human story at its heart is told with extraordinary intimacy. Whether in a lethal marketplace brawl or the blissful balcony pas de deux, the realistic and daring choreography resounds with raw emotional truth.

Celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s play and the 50th anniversary of the creation of the ballet, Queensland Ballet’s exclusive Brisbane season of Romeo & Juliet should not be missed.


Choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan

Composer Sergei Prokofiev

With the Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Andrew Mogrelia

Designer Paul Andrews

Lighting Designer John B Read

Birmingham Royal Ballet Head of Scenic Presentation Doug Nicholson

Costume Supervisor Michael Brown

This production is produced in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet.

This initiative is supported by Arts Queensland through the Super Star Fund, a Queensland Government program that delivers super star performances exclusive to the state.

Dates & Times

Friday 27 June, 7.30pm, featuring Tamara Rojo (Opening Night Gala)
Saturday 28 June, 6.30pm, featuring Tamara Rojo
Tuesday 1 July, 6.30pm
Wednesday 2 July, 7.30pm, featuring Steven McRae
Thursday 3 July, 7.30pm, featuring Carlos Acosta
Friday 4 July, 7.30pm, featuring Steven McRae
Saturday 5 July, 1.30pm (Audio-described)
Saturday 5 July, 7.30pm, featuring Carlos Acosta

(Eight performances)

Ticket Prices

Adult $130 – $80
Concession $115 – $70
30 yrs & under $85 – $55
Child $75 – $45

Booking details

Visit or phone Qtix on 136 246

Image credit

Queensland Ballet Principal Dancers Rachael Walsh and Matthew Lawrence

Creative Direction Designfront

Photographer Harold David

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One Response to “Queensland Ballet’s Australian première of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet”

  1. Ballet News Says:

    Roger Handley commented : Looks as if its going to be very well worth seeing”””””””.