Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet after Alexander Spendiaryan

81st season

back Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet
S. Prokofyev
Ballet in three acts



ACT 1

Prologue – As day breaks in Verona, Romeo, son of Montague, is seen wandering out of town lost in romantic dreams.

Town Square – The townspeople gather in the market square. Romeo’s friends, Benvolio and Mercutio, are among the crowd. Tybalt, a nephew of Capulet, enters the square accompanied by his friends. The Montagues and the Capulets are swon enemies. Suddenly fighting erupts between Tybalt’s group and Romeo’s friends. The Lords Montague and Capulet join the fray. The Prince of Verona appears and orders an end to the fighting. He commands the families to end their feud and warms that further violence will be punished by death.

Juliet’s bedroom – Meanwhile in the Capulet house, Juliet’s play with her nurse is interrupted by her mother, Lady, who introduces Paris, a wealthy young suitor.

Outside the Capulet house – Mercutio and Benvolio, determined to help Romeo out of his romantic torpor, decide that they should all crash the Capulet’s ball.

The Capulet Ball – The festivities are at their height as the masked Romeo, Mercutio and Benvolio arrive at the ball. Romeo is instantly captivated by the vision of Juliet who is similarly smitten by this masked stranger. Tybalt recognizes Romeo and orders him to leave, but Lord Capulet intervenes. Mercutio tries to distract Tybalt as Romeo and Juliet have eyes only for each other.

Juliet’s balcony – Romeo steals into the Capolet’s garden, hoping to see Juliet. She appears on her balcony and suddenly sees Romeo. They confess their love for each other.

ACT 2

Town Square – The square is alive with celebration, but Romeo can think only of Juliet. Juliet’s nurse appears with a letter and, after some teasing, Romeo reads that Juliet is waiting for him at Friar Laurence’s cell.

Friar Laurence’s cell – Romeo and Juliet are secretly united in marrisge with only the nurse as a witness. The Friar prays that this will end the feud between the two families.

Town Square – The townspeople continue to make merry. Tybalt and his friends appear, disrupting the festivities. A fight breaks out and Tybalt kills Mercutio. Bind with grief, Romeo kills Tybalt. Lady Capulet is distraught at Tybalt’s death. Romeo realizer that his hopes of reconciliation have been shattered.

ACT 3

Juliet’s bedroom – The young lovers first and last night together is over and they must part. Romeo reluclantly takes leave of his new bride. The nurse arrives to warn Juliet that her parents are bringing Paris to her room. Juliet’s refusal of Paris provokes her father’s rage. After they leave, Juliet decides to seek Friar Laurence’s help.

Friar Laurence’s cell – Juliet begs the Friar for help. He gives her a vial of potion that will make her fall into a death-like sleep so that she can later escape to her Romeo.

Juliet’s bedroom – Back in her room, Juliet is confronted again by her parents. She submits to the marriage plans. Left alone, Juliet overcomes her fear and swallows the potion. In the morning, Juliet’s friends come to awaken her. The nurse enters with her bridal dress, and discovers that Juliet is dead.

The Capulet Crypt – Romeo is stunned by grief at the news of Juliet’s death. He enters the crypt. Believing Juliet to be dead, Romeo drinks a vial poison. Julit wakes and, finding Romeo dead, stabs herself.