Romeo and Juliet
Music by Prokofiev
Birmingham Royal Ballet
The Lowry, 30 June 2010
This is a positively spiffing production of one of the most beautiful ballets.
Nao Sakuma as Juliet was quite enchanting. She showed a girlish charm and a telling, tragic vulnerability. What a wonderfully elegant dancer she is! Chi Cao as her beloved Romeo was as gallant and noble as you could wish. Let us not forget also Robert Parker’s Tybalt, played as a subtly sinister personage rather than an out-and-out baddie.
Between them, the assembled troupe and the orchestra realised Prokofiev’s sublime score and MacMillan’s classic choreography with some considerable aplomb. And the sumptuous sets and costumes played their part, too, in transporting you to a magical time and place.
Theatrically, this was pretty much a paradisal experience: an inspiring and moving production. It’s a pity how it all turns out for the lovely couple, mind. But, then again, it wasn’t all apple pie with cream for Adam and Eve either.
Romeo and Juliet is at The Lowry until 3 July and then touring throughout the UK. Details here.