Two major productions of Romeo and Juliet open in LA this week. So that got us thinking, what is so enduring about Romeo and Juliet? Why have some of Shakespeare’s works continued to loom so large in the popular imagination while others have not? And while we’re at it, what’s so appealing about love and tragedy (this is the summer of TFIOS, after all)?
Join artists from The Music Center and Shakespeare Center Los Angeles for a casual conversation.
THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA’S ROMEO & JULIET
JULY 10-13TH AT THE DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION
WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA
To celebrate The National Ballet of Canada’s 60th anniversary in 2011, Artistic Director Karen Kain commissioned internationally celebrated choreographer Alexei Ratmansky to create a new production of Romeo and Juliet. Totally fresh and brilliantly imagined, this new staging blends classical vocabulary with an intensely contemporary emotional edge to create an unforgettable version of one of the greatest dance dramas ever.
Romeo and Juliet
Directed by Ken Sabberton
This summer the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles is bringing the most romantic tale ever told to LA’s most stunning outdoor venue — the Amphitheatre at The Japanese Garden. Don’t miss this extraordinary theatrical experience helmed by critically acclaimed director Kenn Sabberton (Shakespeare Center’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It). Bring a picnic, dine in the garden and enjoy Shakespeare live on stage under the stars.