Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg
Photo: Dee Conway, courtesy of ROH
A staple of the Royal Ballet’s repertoire, it’s loved by dancers for its intense acting roles and is always guaranteed to sell tickets. Real-life lovers Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg bring a delightful playfulness and freshness to the title roles. Their balcony scene is filled with unadulterated joy as they teasingly reach for each other’s hands and seem to giggle with teenage excitement and inexperience.
An excellent supporting cast complete the picture. Ricardo Cervera as Mercutio is dramatic and dynamic and Johannes Stepanek makes an attractive Paris. Genesia Rosato is an endearing nurse and harlot Kristen McNally is both enticingly seductive as well as vulnerable. But it is Cojocaru and Kobborg that make this ballet so utterly irresistible and heartbreaking.