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Review: Romeo & Juliet, Birmingham Royal Ballet

Faultless choreography, a beautiful score and imposing sets detailing Renaissance Verona. Muddy reviews Birmingham Royal Ballet's Romeo & Juliet.

It’s been a while since I’ve been to the ballet (thanks Covid), but BRB’s interpretation of Romeo & Juliet was just the tonic after an unwelcome hiatus from the theatre.

We all know the tale of these star-crossed lovers and the show didn’t disappoint with its heady mix of love at first dance, deadly feuds and simmering tensions between the Montagues and Capulets. The ending is not happy, but it is beautiful.

Unsurprisingly, choreography by Kenneth MacMillan – whose works also include Sleeping Beauty and Anastasia – was en pointe (sorry, not sorry) with Juliet (danced seamlessly by Momoko Hirata) stealing the show.

The dancers were sublime, mixing strength with incredible lightness, and the music impressed equally as much, with Prokofiev’s soaring score played faultlessly by the live orchestra.

The sets also deserve a mention. Every BRB show I’ve been to somehow does a great job of creating imposing sets without detracting from the show (which is no mean feat).

The show is only on until 30 Oct and is well worth a watch – as with most theatre performances you’ll need to take a mask to wear inside, and it won’t be as packed as usual as the Hippodrome is still following social distancing guidelines.

Good for: Take your mum, go with your friends or your other half. It’s a good all-rounder.

Not for: Leave the kids at home for this one, it’s not the lightest story – why not take them to see The Nutcracker at Christmas.

Tickets from £25. Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4TB

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