If you’re a fan of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet or curious to more about this classic literary piece, this is the show for you.

Stuttgart Ballet in John Cranko’s rendition of Romeo and Juliet melds the enchanting and timeless love story with the magic of ballet, allowing movement to tell the tale in its own unique fashion.


Known for its elegant lifts, pas de deux, and choreographic diversity, this piece was created in 1962, and remains a timeless piece of ballet history. It is also known to have set a new benchmark for ballet as it led to the acclaimed Stuttgart aesthetic.

Since then, Cranko’s treatment of Romeo and Juliet has been performed globally, and will finally be making its stop on our shores. The stunning choreography, coupled with Sergei Prokofiev’s impressive score and designer Jürgen Rose’s sets and costumes bring to life the luxurious ballrooms and mystical gardens of renaissance Italy.

You can experience the magic for yourself – this performance is one of the highlights of Esplanade’s da:ns festival. Back in their 12th edition, Esplanade’s da:ns festival gathers dancers and choreographers from around the globe to put on performances, teach workshops, amongst other activities.

Stuttgart Ballet in John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet
12 – 14 Oct
Esplanade Theatre
Tickets from $60
You can find out more about Cranko’s rendition of Romeo and Juliet here.