Royal Ballet

Romeo & Juliet: Beyond Words

In Cinemas 10, 11 & 14 Oct 2020
Koen Kessels
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Francesca Hayward (Juliet), William Bracewell (Romeo), Matthew Ball (Tybalt), Marcelino Sambé (Mercutio), James Hay (Benvolio), Tomas Mock (Paris), Christopher Saunders (Lord Capulet), Kristen McNally (Lady Capulet), Romany Pajdak (Nurse), Bennet Gartside (Friar Laurence)
Sergei Prokofiev
Michael Nunn & William Trevitt
Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Nicholas Georgiadis
93 mins
PG - Mild themes and violence
Official Event Listing

Drama (2019)

Special Presentation! Palace Opera & Ballet is delighted to present the Australian Premiere Screenings of the eagerly-anticipated new ballet feature film Romeo & Juliet: Beyond Words (PG), a groundbreaking reimagining of the best-known love story of all time.

The extraordinary story that everyone knows, presented like never before. Featuring The Royal Ballet's current generation of stars, led by William Bracewell as Romeo and Francesca Hayward at Juliet in their feature film debuts, Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt restage and direct Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s remarkable choreography – taking it out of the theatre and onto the streets – in an audacious first in contemporary filmmaking.

As members of the feuding Capulet and Montague families, Romeo and Juliet should be sworn enemies, but they fall deeply in love and marry in secret. That very day, disastrous circumstances lead Romeo to fight Juliet’s cousin Tybalt, setting off a chain of events that culminate in tragedy… 

The score, a unique version of Prokofiev’s original, was recorded at AIR Studios in Hampstead, London, with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. The 85 players were conducted by renowned Royal Opera House Music Director Koen Kessels.


Please note: Due to social distancing measures, seating for all screenings is limited. We urge patrons to book promptly to avoid disappointment.