Celebrate the end of exams with us at our last event of the academic year.
Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan's 20th-century ballet masterpiece.
You must be a member of the LSESU Opera Ballet Society to attend this event, and tickets are limited to one per person.
This event is a member-only event. Society membership can be bought for only £2 on the LSESU website (https://www.lsesu.com/organisation/lsesuoperaballet/).
Our ballet trip is made possible due to generous support from the LSESU Students’ Union Fund.
Tickets subsidised by the LSESU Opera Ballet Society and the LSESU SUF fund. All tickets cost £3.99 and are available for sale to LSESU Opera Ballet members only; one ticket per member. Membership costs £2. All tickets have some restricted viewing and some are standing seats; however, from our experience, these seats still offer an excellent experience.
SOCIAL BEFOREHAND & COLLECTING TICKETS
The event will be preceded by an optional social at The Bow Street Tavern (a pub) from 6 pm.
Tickets are only available for collection from 6 pm until 6:45 pm from the Society's Executive Committee at The Bow Street tavern. Please bring your LSE student card. Please leave sufficient time to collect your ticket. Members who are late may not be able to collect their ticket from the Society or enter the venue. Tickets cannot be collected from the Royal Opera House's Box Office. The performance starts at 7 pm.
The pub is opposite the Royal Opera House and is located at 37 Bow St, London WC2E 7AU. It is located 7 minutes walk away from the LSE campus. The nearest tube station is Covent Garden station on the Piccadilly Line.
There is no dress code – feel free to dress up or down.
The ROH offer a limited free cloakroom service for small items and coats.
The performance ends at approximately 9.255 pm. There are two intervals.
Kenneth MacMillan's passionate choreography for Romeo and Juliet shows The Royal Ballet at its dramatic finest. Sergey Prokofiev's iconic score provides the basis for the ballet's romantic pas de deux and vibrant crowd scenes, while 16th-century Verona is created by Nicholas Georgiadis's magnificent designs.
In 1965, MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet was given its premiere at Covent Garden by The Royal Ballet and was an immediate success: the first night was met with rapturous applause, which lasted for 40 minutes, and an incredible 43 curtain calls. The title roles were danced by Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn, although the ballet had been created on Christopher Gable and Lynn Seymour. It has been performed by The Royal Ballet more than four hundred times since, as well as touring the world, and has become a true classic of the 20th-century ballet repertory.
Romeo and Juliet fall passionately in love, but their families are caught up in a deadly feud. They marry in secret, but tragic circumstances lead Romeo to fight and kill Juliet's cousin Tybalt. As punishment, he is banished from the city.
When Juliet's parents force her to marry Paris, she takes drastic action by drinking a potion to make her appear dead so she can escape to join Romeo. But her message explaining this plan fails to reach him. When he hears news of her death, he returns to visit her tomb and kill himself. Juliet wakes to find him dead. Devastated, she stabs herself.