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Romeo and Juliet is surely one of the greatest love stories of all time with its passion, the lovers’ willingness to give their all and sacrifice themselves in the name of love.

And on that very special day of the year when hearts are everywhere, it only seems right that the story about a son of the house of Montague and a daughter of the house of Capulet be viewed.

The great love story will be re-told by the Royal Ballet in a screened performance at the Rialto theatre in Limassol on Sunday as part of the Royal Opera House Cinema series.

So get your popcorn and get ready to view a performance all the way from the Covent Garden Theatre in London, where British choreographer Kenneth MacMillan brings new life to Sergey Prokofiev’s classic score.

Get ready to watch the ballet take you through the three heights of the story with all the passion that dance can muster, when the lovers first meet, the famous balcony scene and the devastating final tragedy, in which Romeo dances desperately with the lifeless Juliet.

The story is set against a wonderful evocation of 16th-century Verona, and includes a bustling marketplace that erupts into a violent sword fight, and a lavish ball held in an elegant mansion.

MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet – which was his first full-length ballet – first arrived at Covent Garden in 1965. Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn took the title roles on the opening night.

Fonteyn and Nureyev’s performance had a rapturous reception, with 43 curtain calls and almost 40 minutes of applause.

The ballet has been at the heart of the Company’s repertory ever since, amassing more than 400 performances. This classic production has toured around the world and, in 2011, was adapted for arena-scale performances at the O2 Arena.

The screened performance is part of the celebrations to mark the production’s 50th anniversary of MacMillan’s ballet.

Keep your eyes on the screen at all times because, according to Lyndsey Windship for the Evening Standard, “everything that happens on stage has a purpose in this terrific production of Romeo and Juliet.”

Romeo and Juliet

Screening of the performance of the ballet by the Royal Ballet. February 14. Rialto theatre, Limassol 6pm. €15/10. Tel: 77-777745

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