THE greatest love story of all, Romeo and Juliet, kicks off
THE greatest love story of all, Romeo and Juliet, kicks off the new Palace Opera & Ballet Cinema Season from November 1.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Sir Kenneth MacMillan's masterpiece, made famous by Prima Ballerina Assoluta Dame Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, will be presented for the cinema by Darcey Bussell.
In this performance, captured live in HD from the Covent Garden stage in late September, the love-struck Romeo is danced by brilliant Australian Principal Steven McRae and his beautiful Juliet by American Principal Sarah Lamb, who Australian cinema audiences will recognise after her star turn as Alice in the January 2015 screenings of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Rich in the swaggering colour and period costume of Verona street life, the ballet has magnificent designs by Nicholas Georgiadis and a gripping score by Sergey Prokofiev, famed for the spine-tingling Dance of the Knights.
With sword fighting, romance and heartbreak, the drama takes the audience from the sumptuous ballroom of the Capulets, to the sensational balcony pas de deux and the stark tomb of the final doomed meeting of the lovers.
Romeo and Juliet screens at Palace Byron Bay Cinema on Sunday, November 1, at 1pm and Wednesday, November 4, at 11am. Tickets $15 - 24.