This Valentine’s Day, join The Royal Ballet for Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, broadcast to over 900 cinemas across the world.

Kenneth MacMillan’s classic adaptation of Shakespeare’s play is set to Prokofiev’s iconic score and features evocative designs by Nicholas Georgiadis. Since its premiere in 1965, danced by Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn, it has remained a firm favourite of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, offering dancers in the lead roles a wealth of opportunity for differing interpretations of the star-crossed lovers.

Romeo and Juliet will be performed, and filmed, at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London in early February 2022, ahead of its special screening in cinemas later that month. The stellar cast includes Principal Marcelino Sambé as Romeo and Anna Rose O’Sullivan as Juliet.

The ROH cinema programme launched in 2008 and has, since then, brought world-class opera and ballet to audiences around the world. This year, 6 major works from our 2021/22 Season are being broadcast to cinemas around the world, offering audiences the best seat in the house for each performance, and including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and rehearsal insights. The programme forms an integral part of our plan to secure our future, expand audiences and help facilitate the vital recovery of cinema domestically and internationally.

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, said:

‘In October 2021, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet opened our first full Season for 18 months, receiving stunning reviews and standing ovations. It’s a real pleasure to be able to share this special ballet with our global audiences on Valentine's Day. Anna Rose O’Sullivan and Marcelino Sambé make the most wonderful star-crossed lovers and I hope you can join us to experience this masterpiece.’

The Royal Ballet Cinema Season will also include a live broadcast of Swan Lake, scheduled for Thursday 19 May 2022. For more information, and to book, please visit

Romeo: Marcelino Sambé
Juliet: Anna Rose O’Sullivan
The ballet lasts 190 minutes, including two intervals.


The Royal Ballet
Live: Thursday 9 December 2021, 7:15 pm
Encore: Sunday 12 December 2021, 2pm

The Royal Opera
Live: Wednesday 15 December 2021, 7:15 pm
Encore: Wednesday 19 January 2022, 7:15 pm

The Royal Ballet
Special Screening: Monday 14 February 2022, 7:15 pm (performed on 3 February 2022)
Encore: Sunday 20 February 2022, 2pm

The Royal Opera
Anniversary Screening: Thursday 10 March 2022, 7:15 pm (performed in September 2021)
Encore: Sunday 13 March 2022, 2 pm

The Royal Opera
Live: Wednesday 13 April 2022, 6:45 pm
Encore: Sunday 17 April 2022, 2 pm

The Royal Ballet
Live: Thursday 19 May 2022, 7:15 pm
Encore: Sunday 22 May 2022, 2 pm