For the second time this year, the Theatre Royal Norwich
has played host to one of Matthew Bourne’s modern ballet interpretations. This time – Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet and I urge you to go see it, you will not be disappointed.
When the curtain came down and lights came up, the word at the forefront of my mind was “Mesmerising” and interestingly it was one of the key words I used when reviewing Swan Lake back in April.
The staging was beautifully done and even more beautifully utilised by the cast. The sanatorium gantry seamlessly morphed into Juliet’s balcony with nothing but a change of approach by the two main characters, absolutely stunning.
The combination of Prokofiev‘s rhythmic and intense score and Bourne’s choreography – which was synchronised with the whole cast dancing in unison for a lot of the performance, created a genuine assault on the senses.
Considering that this is the most famous romance in history, the intensity of the first 30 minutes left me wondering how on earth they were going to sustain the mood. Then like a cool breeze on a scorching summer’s day, the ball scene arrived and you could feel the change of atmosphere in the entire theatre. The passion, the infatuation and the romance were tangible as the two main characters danced beautifully together, totally in love. This scene was so beautifully choreographed and executed that at times it genuinely appeared that Romeo (Paris Fitzpatrick) was making Juliet (Cordelia Braithwaite) float through the air!
Then just when I thought I knew this most famous story inside out, Matthew Bourne put a twist at the end that literally made me gasp. I won’t spoil it, but I bet you don’t see it coming either!
£42 – limited tickets available and on until Sat 7th September.