Romeo and Juliet is based on the well known play by William Shakespeare, a love story with a tragic ending. Commissioned by the Kirov Ballet, the music was composed in 1836 by Sergei Prokofiev.
The Capulets are a large and proud family caught up in a feud with the Montagues who live not far away. Romeo Montegue disguises himself and crashes a party held by the Capulets where he falls madly in love with Juliet Capulet. They are secretly married by towns Friar who believes that if may bring an end to the feud. But, the feuding continues and leads to the death of Romeo friend.
Juliet and the Friar devise a plan whereby Juliet will drink a sleeping potion that will make her appear dead and then Romeo will save her from the grave. But when the Friar fails to tell Romeo of the plan, Romeo drinks a poison to join Juliet in the afterlife. When Juliet awakens, she sees that Romeo is dead and chooses to take her life by stabbing herself.