The Australian Ballet presents Houston Ballet's

Romeo and Juliet

180 minutes / 2 intervals

First love, age-old hate: with its primal passions and timeless themes, Romeo and Juliet has inspired ballet’s greatest choreographers.

Now, for the first time, Stanton Welch brings his acclaimed production to Australia. Artistic Director of Houston Ballet and Resident Choreographer of The Australian Ballet, Welch is a master of story and spectacle, as those who saw his production of La Bayadère can attest.

His Romeo and Juliet is a traditional production to Prokofiev’s heart-rending music, with drama at its core. Its swordplay, bawdy humour, romance and tragedy unfold in a stunningly rich design inspired by Renaissance Italy. Houston Ballet, one of the USA’s top companies, is renowned both for its technical precision and its artistry. Welch’s emotionally charged, sensual choreography will show them at their finest.

A rare opportunity to see this acclaimed company take on ballet’s greatest love story.

Rhythmic sword fights, crowd scenes that vibrate and ravishing partnering that captures the essence of the love story


Houston Ballet

Meet the Houston Ballet dancers in the roles of Romeo and Juliet.

  • Karina Gonzalez
    Karina Gonzalez
  • Connor Walsh
    Connor Walsh
The Artists

"The luscious sets and costumes, the work of Italian designer Roberta Guidi di Bagno, brought the alleys, markets, castles and crypts of medieval Verona to life." ARTS + CULTURE TEXAS 2015

"When the pas de deux are so sweet, the cast of characters so engaging and the design so fetching, there is every reason to welcome another Romeo and Juliet to ballet’s Shakespearean canon." DANCE INTERNATIONAL 2015

ROMEo and juliet

Exclusive Melbourne Season
Houston Ballet Presented by The Australian Ballet
Choreography Stanton Welch
Music Sergei Prokofiev
Costume and set design Roberta Guidi di Bagno
Lighting design Lisa J Pinkham