"Romeo and Juliet" is the most famous ballet of Sergei Prokofiev based on the cognominal tragedy of William Shakespeare "Romeo and Juliet" about a tragic love story. The ballet premiered in 1940 in St. Petersburg in the Kirov Theatre of Opera and Ballet (Mariinsky Theatre). It was staged by the ballet master Lavrovsky.
This ballet signified a whole stage in Russian choreography, proving that the strongest dramatic collisions can be embodied on the ballet stage. Many wonderful ballerinas shone in the part of Juliet, but it was a true star turn for the legendary Galina Ulanova, who in 1946 was named the best performer of Juliet's part.