Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet was a dance production by The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, produced in 2011, and based on the play by William Shakespeare, with choreography by Michael Corder and music by Sergej Prokofiev.

Romeo and Juliet was broadcast by Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation September 23-25 1993.

Romeo and Juliet was transferred to the main stage of the new opera house in Bjørvika. Kristian Ruutu won Norwegian Critics' Award in the dance category in 2010/2011 for the role of Mercutio.


(Objekt ID 33424)
Object type Production
Premiere October 10, 1992
Produced by The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
In collaboration with
Based on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare; Romeo and Juliet by Sergej Sergejevitsj Prokofjev
Audience Adults, Youth
Keywords Ballet
Running period October 10, 1992  —  2014

Excerpt from speech by Henning Høholt, held during the awards ceremony for Norwegian Critics' Award September 29 2011:

"Kristian Ruutu's excellent interpretation of the role of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, which he gets the Norwegian Critics' Award for dance for, is superior. From my review in May 17 2011 I quote: 'Kristian Ruutu, who in the demanding role of Mercutio makes one of the best interpretations of this role I have seen.'

From Inger Margrethe Lunde's review in Aftenposten May 15 2011: 'Romeo, danced by Kaloyan Boyadjiev and his friends, Mercutio, danced by Kristian Ruutu and Benvolio, danced by Lucas Lima, give us many impressive scenes. We are infected by their comradeship and joy in life. In particular does Ruutu blossom. With this role he makes his definitive break-through. So strong, and at the same time light and playful. He must die for his friend. We believe in him too.'

Allow me to add this too: Every time you perform onstage, not only do you dance your parts, you play your parts, and with your excellent talent for acting and your humorous glint in the eye you manage to convey this all the way to seat rows the very furthest from the stage, and that is why you are always the centre of the audience's attention, and that is why they love you.

It is an honour to me, my privilege and my great joy, here today on behalf of Norwegian Critics' Association to give Norwegian Critics' Award for dance for the season 2010/2011 to Kristian Ruutu for his interpretation of the role of Mercutio in Michael Corder's and Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet."

Read the speech in full (Norwegian only) here.


Einar Dahl's private archive, donated by Einar Dahl, 25.07.2016

Norwegian Critics'Association,, 29.09.2011,

Performance dates
Navember 8, 2014Hovedscenen, Den Norske Opera & Ballett, The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet Season premiere/Seasonal opening
May 14, 2011Hovedscenen, Den Norske Opera & Ballett, The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet Reopening
1998Store sal, Olavshallen, Trondheim Reopening
September 23, 1993NRK TV TV-broadcast
September 14, 1993Hovedscenen i Folketeaterbygningen Season premiere/Seasonal opening
October 10, 1992Hovedscenen i Folketeaterbygningen Worldwide premiere