Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an enduring love story. Shakespeare’s beloved star-crossed romance is a timeless and exquisite masterpiece. Set to Prokofiev’s gorgeous score, against a sumptuous setting in 16th century Verona, the magnificence and grandeur of Rudi van Dantzig’s full-length production captivates with its riveting sword fights, compelling drama, and breathtaking classical choreography. Despite its tragic end, audiences will be swept away as they witness the unfolding of an unforgettable romance and an immortal tale between Juliet and her Romeo.
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Scene I – A Square in Verona around the year 1400
Daybreak The feud between the city’s two most powerful families - the Capulets and the Montagues - flares up once more amidst the peaceful citizens. The Duke of Verona puts an end to the fighting and forbids further hostilities at peril of banishment.
Scene II – The Inner Courtyard at the Capulet Palace
Juliet is teasing her nurse, who tries to explain to her that she is a child no longer. She is introduced to the rich count, Paris, who wants her for his wife.
Scene III - At the Gate to the Palace
Arrival of the guests at the ball in honour of Juliet’s engagement to Count Paris. Romeo, Mercutio and Benvolio resolve to disguise themselves, and enter the house of the enemy.
Scene IV – The Ball at the House of Capulet
Among a multitude of guests, Juliet meets Romeo. As love awakens in her, she realizes that her feelings toward Paris are untrue. Tybalt, recognizing his enemy Romeo, unmasks him. Juliet becomes aware that her untroubled childhood is over.
Scene V – The Garden at the Capulet Palace
Deep in thought, Juliet lingers at her balcony. She discovers Romeo, who awaits her, hidden in the shadows of the garden. They both feel that their love for each other is pure and strong enough for them to face any dangers.
Scene I – The Square
Afternoon The people are celebrating a saint’s day, with processions and dancing. When Romeo appears, Mercutio and Benvolio are disappointed with his abstracted mood. The nurse delivers a letter to Romeo in which Juliet agrees to secretly marry him at the chapel of her confessional priest, Friar Laurentius.
Scene II – Friar Laurentius’ Chapel
Romeo persuades Laurentius to wed him to Juliet. After the marriage ceremony, Juliet must return without Romeo to her parents’ home.
Scene III – The Square
Evening The merry making of the townspeople reaches a climax. Tybalt, seeking revenge for Romeo’s intrusion upon the ball, quarrels with Mercutio. Romeo, who through his marriage is now a kin to Tybalt, tries to withhold him from the fight. Tybalt, however, kills Mercutio. Mad with fury about the loss of his friend, Romeo stabs Tybalt.
Scene I – Juliet’s Bedroom
Romeo, banned from Verona for killing Tybalt, has spent the wedding night with Juliet. At dawn he flees the town. Juliet’s parents have decided to marry Juliet to Paris as soon as possible. Juliet desperately tries to change their minds. At night she leaves the house to beg Friar Laurentius for advice and help.
Scene II – Night
On her way to Friar Laurentius’ chapel, Juliet encounters the ghosts of Mercutio and Tybalt. Fate casts its inevitable shadows ahead.
Scene III – Friar Laurentius’ Chapel
Friar Laurentius gives Juliet a potion. He tells her it will make her appear dead. After the funeral she will wake up in the family tomb from which Romeo, warned by Friar Laurentius, shall free her.
Scene IV – Juliet’s Bedroom
Coming home, Juliet pretends to agree to her marriage with Paris. When she is left alone, she swallows the potion and falls lifeless on her bed. On the morning of her marriage to Paris, Juliet is found, seemingly dead.
Scene V – The Tomb of the Capulets
Romeo, not having received Friar Laurentius’ message, has come back secretly to Verona. Believing Juliet is dead, he kills himself in despair. Juliet wakes up and finds her beloved one. She follows Romeo to a life where no one can part them.
WESTERN CANADIAN TOUR
Jan 13, 2014 - Feb 1, 2014
Act I - 60 minutes
Act II - 30 minutes
Act III - 45 minutes
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Amanda Green and Liang Xing in Romeo + Juliet Photo: Rejean Brandt