Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has been performed no less than 400 times by the Royal Ballet, and with a lengthy run this season from the end of March to mid June, the popularity of perhaps the most famous love story of all time shows no signs of subsiding.
This run offers a vast selection of principal casting, with many exciting debuts and showings from young and upcoming members of the company – including Anna Rose O’Sullivan with Marcelino Sambé, and Francesca Hayward with Cesar Corrales.
Casting for opening night (and on this viewing on 10 April) saw Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Ball take on the lead roles. It’s a role Cuthbertson is well versed in delivering. She conveys Juliet’s transition from girlish innocence to womanhood with an eloquent tenderness.
Cuthbertson’s Juliet markedly matures over the acts. From skittish and excitable, jumping into her nurse’s lap, to the heavy responsibility and emotional torture she experiences for defying her family’s wishes is shown with experienced clarity. There is a repeated motif in which she bourrees at warp speed away from her hard-faced, would-be suitor Paris, an especially cold Ryoichi Hirano. It’s initially done out of shyness and later out of an assured defiance.
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Images: Helen Maybanks