Shakespeare’s eternal but tragic tale of two star-cross’d lovers will be told through a spectacular dance production at QPAC this month.

Queensland Ballet’s Australian premiere of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s iconic production of Romeo & Juliet will unveil at QPAC on Friday 27 June.

The tragic story of the star-cross’d lovers is set to be a breathtaking ballet performance under the direction of MacMillan and Queensland Ballet’s Li Cunxin.

“Sir Kenneth MacMillan is one of the world’s most highly regarded choreographers and his Romeo & Juliet is widely considered the best in the world,” says Cunxin.

“Audiences will walk away feeling touched and enthralled by this famous love story. It’s a story that makes us reflect and will touch everyone who sees it.”

The acclaimed international line-up includes Spanish ballerina Tamara Rojo, Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta and Royal Ballet principal Steven McRae.

Arts Minister Ian Walker says Romeo & Juliet is a milestone moment for the state’s arts.

“This production gives the state’s leading dancers the opportunity to dance with and learn from international ballet stars, allows Queensland audiences the chance to see ballet megastars and is exclusive to Brisbane, so has the potential to attract cultural tourists,” says Walker.

“It shows Queensland is now hosting the best productions, whatever their genre.”

The production marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of Shakespeare and the 50th anniversary of the ballet’s creation.


What: Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet

Where: Lyric Theatre, QPAC.

When: Friday 27 June – Saturday 5 July

Tickets: Varied prices for adult, concession and 30 years & under. Book at Queensland Ballet or phone Qtix on 136 246