19-26 April 2014
Reviewed by Michelle Macpherson
My sister and I visited The King’s Theatre in Glasgow to see the Scottish Ballet perform Shakespeare’s well known and well-loved masterpiece ‘Romeo and Juliet.’
The Scottish Ballet do an outstanding job of portraying this classic story of the star crossed lovers destined for tragedy.
The set is set right from the beginning with both families in battle with one another. The Montagues wear light earth – like; brown and copper coloured costumes and dance with softer rounder movements. In stark contrast the Capulets where black outfits and dance with harsh, snappy and fierce movements.
This is all performed to music from a live orchestra and performed in front of projected, digital backdrops with scenes of Italy from as far back as the 1930s until the 1990s. Periodically extra set is lowered from the ceiling to move from scene to scene. The simplicity of the set ensures the viewer’s eyes are not distracted from the wonderful choreography and outstanding quality of the ballet dancers.
The choreographer has done a fantastic job of conveying the many different emotions of the story (bitterness, anger, love, sadness, grief, happiness) through dance and has tied this in beautifully with the musical score to which this piece has been set.
We see a definite change in Juliet’s character from a young teenager to a young grown woman during the piece. Romeo is an incredible character and the chemistry between these dancers is incredible! The death scene may be the most powerful and moving dance piece I have ever seen.
The music is powerful and thought and emotion provoking! The choreography and score could not fit any better than a glove to a hand!
This is a must see! Not an experience I will forget, it is so intriguing I felt as though I was on the stage with them! I couldn’t keep my eyes off it and neither would you!
Tickets cost from £11.50 to £44.50 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648