Company to perform classic ballets at Royal & Derngate

Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet

Olivier award-winning choreographer and director Peter Schaufuss will present two of the world’s best-loved classic ballets at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate from next week.

His company will perform Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Romeo And Juliet from Monday, September 9 to Saturday, September 14.

Ashton’s Romeo And Juliet was created for the Royal Danish Ballet in 1955 and was the first production of Prokofiev’s ballet outside the Soviet Union.

The role of Juliet was created by Peter Schaufuss’ mother, with his father playing Mercutio.

Before his death, Ashton bequeathed the ballet to Schaufuss, who dedicated himself to bringing Ashton’s work of genus to new audiences. In this new production, Schaufuss’ son Luke will make his debut as Romeo.

Swan Lake is part of the company’s award-winning Tchaikovsky Trilogy and is Peter Schaufuss’ unique take on one of the most famous classical ballets. Schaufuss pushes boundaries with this critically-acclaimed production which makes for a memorable adaptation of a classic.

A spokesman said: “Danish dance legend Peter Schaufuss is regarded as one of the world’s leading classical dancers of the 20th century, whose technical brilliance and creative stage presence turned him into a global ballet superstar.”

Romeo And Juliet will be performed from Monday, September 9 until Wednesday, September 11 and Swan Lake from Thursday, September 10 until Saturday, September 14. Evening performances are at 7.30pm, with matinees at 2.30pm on the Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets cost £17.50-£34. To book, or for more information, ring the box office on 01604 624811.