14 – 16 October 202
Birmingham Hippodrome


Birmingham Royal Ballet

Radio and Juliet – Edward Clug


Romeo + Juliet


Birmingham Hippodrome
14 – 16 October 2021

‘its youthful urgency, energy and high emotion hit home.’
The Guardian

‘plunges a fist into the chest of Shakespeare’s original and serves up the still-beating heart bloodied, raw and emotional.’
The I Newspaper

‘a stunning performance’
Birmingham What’s On

Kay has taken its storylines and brought them kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
Weekend Notes

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 Birmingham Royal Ballet with Rosie Kay Dance Company

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s artistic director Carlos Acosta has announced a double-bill as part of his upcomign Carlos Curates season.  Rosie Kay Dance Company are delighted to be joining Birmingham Royal Ballet in a double bill with our new production of Romeo + Juliet, which will be performed alongside Birmingham Royal Ballet’s first performances of Edward Clug’s Radio and Juliet.

Rosie Kay’s Romeo + Juliet sets the action in the hot Birmingham summer of 2021. In this diverse city, young people’s family loyalties give way to gang allegiance as teenagers play with adult rules. A party in the park gets out of control sparking rumours, rioting and revenge. In the midst of rivalries, first tastes of freedom and sparks of a full-on first love ignite. Two young lovers are led to their tragic deaths by events they can’t control.

The 75-minute performance is set to Birmingham-based composer Annie Mahtani’s soundtrack which blends Berlioz’s classical Roméo et Juliette score with her original electro-acoustic composition. For these performances only, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia (under the baton of Martin Georgiev) join the Rosie Kay Dance Company to play the Berlioz score live, adding an additional and thrilling new dimension to the performance.

Romeo + Juliet was created collaboratively by choreographer and director Rosie Kay and the original cast of nine dancer-choreographers skilled in contemporary, street and Indian classical dance styles: Mayowa Ogunnaike, Subhash Viman Gorania, David Devyne, Deepraj Singh, Iona McGuire, Harry Ondrak-Wright, Dan Baines, Ayesha Fazal and Patrick Webster.

Carlos Curates: R&J Reimagined also sees Romeo and Juliet get a very different treatment in Romanian choreographer Edward Clug‘s Radio and Juliet, which is a new addition to Birmingham Royal Ballet’s repertory. A reinvention of the classic story set to the music of Radiohead, the work features tracks from Kid A, Amnesiac and OK Computer. This version explores what could have happened if Juliet decided not to take her own life, and is an exhilarating, emotional rollercoaster that has toured the world to widespread acclaim since its premiere in 2005. Edward Clug says, ‘There are moments when the story meets the lyrics, but that was not really the point. It’s the overall emotion they create in their music.’




Rosie Kay and Dominic Antonucci, Assistant Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, introduce the show:


Explore behind the scenes rehearsal footage and photos, find out about the research behind the show and learn more about the cast and creative team.