Cape Town City Ballet – Romeo & Juliet

22 January 2017 to 26 February 2017

Romeo & JulietAn ageless story adapted by the new choreography of Robin van Wyk.

While the story remains the same, Van Wyk re-introduces the character of Benvolio, friend of Romeo, as well as Romeo’s first love, RosalineHe uses the Prokofiev score to enhance his choreography. His characters are portrayed by the stars of the CTCB, alongside Janet Lindup, who plays the part of Lady Capulet, and Nicolette Loxton as the Nurse.

Venue: Maynardville Open Air Theatre, Maynardville Park, Piers Rd, Wynberg, Cape Town
Time: 8.15pm
Cost: R140 – R160

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WIN WITH WHAT’S ON IN CAPE TOWN: To stand a chance to win a pair of tickets to Romeo & Juliet for a night of your choice (subject to availability), simply leave your full name and a comment below. Draw takes place on 12 January 2017.
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About the Choreographer

Born in Pietermaritzburg, Robin van Wyk received his tertiary ballet training at the University of Cape Town Ballet School before joining the NAPAC Dance Company in 1990. In 1991 he moved to PACT Ballet and in 1997, joined the Cape Town City Ballet, where he has recently retired as a Principal Dancer, but remains, since 2008, the Artistic Director.

His most recent success is the production and direction of The Italian Affair, a collaboration between several choreographers on a theme of Luigi Contini. Van Wyk has conducted 17 workshops around the country, inspiring hundreds of young children to enjoy their experience of ballet. Awards include the Cape Town FNB Vita Award for Most Promising Choreographer and the Nederburg, FNB Vita and Dalro Awards.

About the Dancers

Thomas Thorne: Thorne holds a BA Hons in Professional Dance and Performance from the Central School of Ballet in London. He performed for several international companies, including Ballet Ireland, the Disneyland Resort in Paris, Ballet Central and the Kirov Ballet before joining the Cape Town City Ballet in September, 2008. He is currently a Senior Principal Dancer for the company.

Laura Bosenberg: Currently a Senior Principal Dancer at Cape Town City Ballet, Bosenberg has danced a wide variety of roles, including Carmen and Giselle, with leads in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet. She has won a number of awards as well, such as the Balletomanes Award for the Best Female Dancer in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Kim Vieira: Born in Johannesburg, Vieira studied at the National School of the Arts. She joined Cape Town City ballet in 2010 and has excelled in the roles of The Girl in Solitaire, Queen of the Willis in Giselle, Aegina in Spartacus and the title roles in Carmen, Raymonda, Camille and The Firebird. In April 2014 she was promoted to the rank of Senior Principal Dancer for the company.

About the Story

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays.

The ageless story resounds in Robin van Wyk’s new choreography, created especially for the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre. And while the plot remains the same, Van Wyk has chosen to present characters in a unique way.

About the Music

Van Wyk uses the incomparable Sergei Prokofiev score to enhance his choreography. Listen to a soundbite below.

Discussion148 Comments

  1. My girlfriend is dying to start ballet again. But lacks the confidence to do so. I’m hoping that after a night of Romeo and Juliet I can get the fire startered???

    I would love to help her back into it

  2. Would be the greatest birthday gift if I could win tickets for the 24th of February! As a true ‘hopeless romantic’, watching the ballet would be the most beautiful way to celebrate my 22nd Birthday.

  3. Last Minute Entry, what a treat to win tickets for when my partner is over, thank you in advance for our very own Romeo and Juliet moment

  4. Winning is such sweet pleasure that I shall say thank you till it be Romeo & Juliet performed by Cape Town City Ballet

  5. Would love to take my Daughter since she has never had the privilege of ever seeing a live ballet performance. So I dedicate this competition to her.

  6. I have just been blown away by the soundbite above of Sergei Prokofiev score. What wonderful music to set this tragic romances to. Glorious. I would love to see R & J performed by the CTCB to this amzing score

  7. Christine Byleveld

    What a wonderful opportunity – a summer evening in Cape Town seeing one of the Shakespeare’s classics.

  8. Shandrika Singh-Hoosen

    Oh wow. What an absolutely amazing way to start the New Year? Romeo and Juliet has always been one of my favourite Shakespearean plays, amongst Othello, Macbeth and Twelfth Night. My daughter has inherited my love for literature and I would so love to be able to give her this absolutely amazing experience. To experience Shakespeare under the stars at Maynardville.

    To watch this amazing play, Mr Robin Van Wyks choreography of Romeo and Juliet- the family fued between the Montagu and the Capulet.

    #totallypsyched #awesomazing #cantwait #shakespearehereicome

  9. Cape Town City Ballet, Maynardville Open Air Theatre, Romeo & Juliet, with Choreography by Robin Van Wyk and music by Sergei Prokofiev ……….OMG are we a blessed people or what?

  10. This would be the perfect experience for our upcoming 10 year wedding anniversary. We are highschool sweethearts and always wanted to attend a ballet such as Romeo and Juliet, a beautiful love story for a couple whos love still stand the test of time.

  11. I have watched Thomas Thorne grow as a dancer over a number of years. He has developed from a rather shy, a little unsteady dancers to a truly consummate performer. I would love to see the Cape Town City Ballet production of Romeo & Juliet

  12. What a beautiful way to watch such a classical ballet (but with a twist)! Under the stars and in the beautiful gardens. My mom, who recent had to to have hip replacement surgery and has not been out much since then, and I would thoroughly enjoy watching the CTCB dances gracing the stage!!!

  13. Looks like it’s an awesome production. Love watching ballet dancers perform brings back old memories of when I used to dance. Would be awesome fab show to take my husband 🙂

  14. Melissa van den Berg

    Wowee! Would love to see this. Did ballet when I was younger, but I’ve never seen a real performance on stage.

  15. I attended a broief preview of Cape Town City Ballet – Romeo & Juliet – on New Years eve……..I would now love the see the whole prduction


  17. I would love to see this with my boyfriend – as an artist, he is a great admirer of the human form, and ballet is the one art form that showcases the human form at its peak.

  18. I loved the movies and seen them so many times and never seen the Ballet performance. It would be so amazing to be able to watch this classic live on stage

  19. What a treat and magnificent sight with
    Twinkle toes dancing in the night under a beautiful sky;
    With the Montague and Capulets jumping so high..
    Romeo and Juliet just wanting to get by

    What’s on in Cape Town.. what’s on in Cape Town
    Where are art though those tickets?

  20. What a special treat this would be for myself and a friend…as moms of boys we tend to miss out on all the beauty of dance. This really would be an incredible treat!

  21. “oh she doth teach the torches to burn bright..” I am a dancer, my (very!) new love is a musician, he loves watching ballet, and this is my favorite Shakespeare play. We both love nature and being outdoors. A prize of two tickets would be purely magical..

  22. How wonderful and how beautiful it would be to see the amazing play as a ballet!! I would take my sister with me for sure as she loves Shakespeare

  23. I have never been to a Ballet…
    And having Romeo and Juliet as the first would be amazing 🙂
    Plus I owe my other half a date night 😉

  24. Oh! Romeo loved his Juliet
    For long and passionately did he yearn for her,
    and she for him,
    but alas ’twas an hour of doom and darkness,
    that saw them torn at the seams,
    yet how love reigns beyond the grave I’m sure,
    they were sown as one forever into another world,
    far from their families demise.

    Oh! how glorious it would be,
    to see these lovers dance to love’s treacherous tune,
    upon a stage as hard and strong as their desire was,
    If all I have is a glimpse of what true love really is,
    I’d be content knowing that it does exist.

  25. Would absolutely love to win these tickets because I love the ballet and so does my mother. Today is our birthday but because I’ve only recently gotten my job I have not saved up enough money to spoil her the way she deserves to be spoilt.

    I would love to be able to win the tickets so that I could give her a very special belated birthday gift

  26. Have never been to Maynardville and what a delight it would be to be able to see Cape Town City Ballet performing there.

  27. Wilmari Jansen van Rensburg

    Oh this would be a wonderful summer night theater experience I would love to enjoy with my younger sister that’s really a big Shake Spear fan!

  28. I really like watching ballet but haven’t been to a show know a year. I’d lover to see the beautiful love story.

  29. I never lived near a city where I could see a ballet. My first an only experience was seeing the Swan Princess when I was 10 years old. Now at 35 I can be part of somethinfg so beautiful.

  30. Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss A dateless bargain to engrossing death! Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavoury guide! Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on The dashing rocks thy sea-sick weary bark!

  31. I would absolutely love to see this and take a good friend along with me (we both did ballet when we were younger). I would love to see Nicolette Loxton dance, I have been taught by her previously and she is an absolute gem to the dance world. As a young girl she danced at my former studio with my teacher. We would be so grateful to win theses tickets- both of us are students so budgets dont always allow for such lovely outings! Fingers crossed!

  32. Maynardville is the most magical experience of theatre and dance. Romeo and Juliet is romantic, heart-wrenchingly tragic and breathtakingly moving. I would feel ecstatic if I received two tickets.

  33. Simonne Stellenboom

    I think this is the perfect way to start the new year. I would love to win this and take a few friends with at my own cost, if I win. It would be a nice way of letting my friends see what I enjoy and to introduce them to a whole new world.

  34. To go and watch ballet, has always been on my bucket list. I’m turning 40 and my mom 60 next year (2017) and hopefully I would be able to tick this off my list ,spoil both me and my mom for a very special birthday .

  35. These the words i said to my wife when first we played the roles of romeo and juliwt

    With love’s light wings did I o’er-perch these walls;

    For stony limits cannot hold love out,

    And what love can do that dares love attempt;

    Therefore thy kinsmen are no let to me.

  36. I have never been to a ballet and would love to take my girlfriend to see one of Shakespeare’s classics come to life.

  37. Cannot wait to see a new interpretation of one of the most widely known love stories in the world! I was lucky enough to visit Verona briefly when I was a child. Verona is the city in Italy where the play is based. I also try to catch every movie there is on Romeo & Juliet. Simply looking forward to seeing this ballet with a close friend! 🙂

  38. It would be an honour if I would win this awesome prize. I just love the ballet, even tried my luck at pros back in pre school but I was just not gifted. anyhoo i would love to win but if not I would still be there.

    ps. =balletlover

  39. Oh, dear stars align across the calm seas,
    cause the waves to roll like thunder,
    so that destiny’s dice roll’eth in my favour.

  40. Gabrielle Meyer. This would be such a great experience for me and my younger cousin who dreams of been a famous ballerina one day.

  41. I have nevee been to see anything relating to ballet. I would love to experience this at least once in my life pleeeeeaasseee!!! 😉

  42. I am a big fan of Shakespeare’s work, with Romeo and Juliet being my favorite. My partner and I will enjoy this thoroughly if I won.

  43. How wonderful to see the introduction of Benvolio and Rosaline. My 85 year old mother and lover of the arts, and theatre, who would take us to see many productions, including Blithe Spirit, which she played in decades ago, I know, would be transported to a beautiful place watching this favorite classic

  44. Watching a ballet is such a special treat. I’d love to win this prize and take my friend with, who is a ballet teacher. Yes please!

  45. I would love to see this ballet performance with my boyfriend! I’ve always admired this classical and rigorous art form 🙂

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