The Ryman Healthcare Season of

Romeo and Juliet

16 Aug - 24 Sep 2017

RNZB dancers Madeleine Graham and Joseph Skelton. Photographer Ross Brown

Fall in love this winter with the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s world premiere of Romeo and Juliet

A sunlit piazza, the candlelit corner of a noble ballroom, a moonlit balcony… when young lovers meet, the world is stilled… then changed forever.

Italian choreographer Francesco Ventriglia creates a new production of Shakespeare’s great love story, especially for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.  This brand new ballet, with exquisite sets and costumes by Academy Award winning designer James Acheson (The Last Emperor, Dangerous Liaisons) brings to life all of the splendour and seduction of Renaissance Verona.  Join us as we follow the Montagues and Capulets in Shakespeare’s original tale of two star-crossed lovers through desire, struggle and tragedy

Prokofiev’s passionate score will be performed live in Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland and Dunedin; a specially-made recording will accompany performances in other centres. Sure to be the highlight of the 2017 arts calendar this is a production not to be missed.

In a first for the RNZB, and thanks to Auckland Live, we are delighted to offer a live audio description of Romeo and Juliet  for blind and visually impaired patrons at the performance on Sunday 3 September.

The Ryman Healthcare Season of Romeo and Juliet is a Partner Event of Christchurch Arts Festival

Running time is approximately 3 hours including two intervals.



Francesco Ventriglia

Costume & set design

James Acheson


Sergei Prokofiev

Music arranged by

Nigel Gaynor

Lighting design

Jon Buswell


Mario Mattia Giorgetti

Choreographic Assistant

Gillian Whittingham


Hamish Mckeich





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