In 1961, choreographer John Cranko (1927-1973) was appointed ballet director of Stuttgart Ballet. With three new works he ingeniously renewed the genre of the full-length narrative ballet: Romeo and Juliet (1959, new version 1962), Onegin (1965, new version 1967) and The Taming of the Shrew (1969).
John Cranko’s production of Romeo and Juliet is considered one of the definitive versions. Based on Shakespeare’s world famous tale of two lovers in Renaissance Italy who find themselves caught between their feuding families, Cranko’s choreography set to Serge Prokofiev’s lush score, contains dramatic roles for the young Juliet and her impetuous lover Romeo, for Romeo’s hot-headed friend Mercutio and for Juliet’s bullying relative Tybalt. Jürgen Rose’s sets and costumes enhance the action of the ballet.
Cranko first choreographed Romeo and Juliet in 1958 for the La Scala Ballet in Milan, Italy with Carla Fracci in the leading role. In 1962 he reworked and refined it for his own Stuttgart company, which presented the world premiere in Stuttgart with Marcia Haydée and Ray Barra in the title roles. Since then, Cranko’s production has entered the repertory of more than ten companies worldwide, including the National Ballet of Canada, the Australian Ballet, the Finnish National Ballet and the Ballet of the La Scala Opera House in Milan.
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