Hong Kong Ballet presents
the United States Premiere of Romeo + Juliet
Taking New York audiences to 1960s Hong Kong in the reimagining Shakespeare’s classic

[Hong Kong— 7 November 2022] Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) presents the U.S. Premiere of Romeo + Juliet on Friday, January 13 at 8pm and Saturday, January 14 at 2pm at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues) NYC. Tickets begin at $35 and can be purchased online at nycitycenter.org, by phone at (212) 581-1212, or in person at the New York City Center Box Office.

HKB is thrilled to announce our US tour in January to kick-start a fantastic year of great performances! HKB will take a full company of 70+members with Artistic Director Septime Webre’s new Romeo + Juliet to New York. The performances in New York are especially curated to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR and exclusively sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. This tour will be HKB’s major art and cultural exchange event overseas since the COVID-19 outbreak. We are honoured to present ourselves as a Hong Kong ambassador to promote local culture to foreign audiences.

Ancient grudges between triad families. Passion and tragedy. The iconic balcony scene. Set in Hong Kong in the turbulent 1960s, Shakespeare’s timeless tale of star-crossed lovers is given a fresh and thought-provoking retelling in Septime Webre’s new Romeo + Juliet. Juliet’s father is an unrelenting Shanghainese tycoon who is determined to marry his only daughter off to a wealthy gweilo (Caucasian), and Webre’s original choreography seamlessly incorporates intense street battles rendered in traditional Hong Kong-style kung fu. Accompanied by Prokofiev’s dramatic score, retro Hong Kong is vividly brought to life in the epic love story’s captivating dancing, complex drama and sumptuous cheongsams. This brilliantly imagined adaptation is especially relevant for contemporary audiences as it fuses dance and drama against a backdrop of a world in flux.

Editor’s Notes:

HKB on Tour: Romeo + Juliet
13-14 JAN 2023
FRI 8pm
SAT 2pm 
New York City Center

Tickets from USD 35
NOW available at New York City Center


13 Jan 8pm

14 Jan 2pm


Alejandro VIRELLES



YE Feifei


Juliet's Mother

WANG Qingxin

WANG Qingxin

Juliet's Father



Juliet's Amah

ZHANG Xuening


Tai Po


Alexander YAP

Mr. Parker


Jonathan SPIGNER

Little Mak

Chun Long LEUNG



Jonathan SPIGNER

Kyle LIN

Romeo's Sifu



*Some character names are adapted: 
Nurse → Amah
Tybalt → Tai Po 
Paris → Mr. Parker
Mercutio → Little Mak 
Benvolio → Benny

Choreography: Septime Webre
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Costume Design: Mandy Tam
Set Design: Ricky Chan
Assistant Set Designer: Ryan Lo
Lighting Design (based on the original designs by Billy Chan): Ruby Yau
Lighting Consultant: Billy Chan
Dramaturge: Yan Pat To
Make-up Design: M•A•C Cosmetics
Martial Arts Advisor: Hing Chao
Martial Arts Partner: International Guoshu Association

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For further information, please contact:

Phoebe Ko | Director of Marketing, HKB | T: 21059716 | [email protected]
Jerry Qiu | Assistant Programme and Marketing Manager, HKB | T: 21059753 | [email protected]

About Hong Kong Ballet
One of Asia’s premier ballet companies, Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) is internationally recognised as a vibrant arts institution that represents Hong Kong’s unique character. Established in 1979 and led by Artistic Director Septime Webre, HKB has a dynamic repertoire performed by nearly 50 dancers from all over the globe and award-winning education and community programmes.

With almost 50 international tours, HKB has won recognition from critics and fans both at home and abroad. Its diverse repertoire includes classic and modern masterpieces, original full-length ballets created for HKB, an interactive ballet series for younger fans and groundbreaking dance by today’s most sought-after choreographers, including Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Jiří Kylian, Nacho Duato and Trey McIntyre, among others. HKB maintains an active schedule of community initiatives throughout Hong Kong to ensure that ballet is accessible to people from all walks of life.

Dancers (from left): Chen Zhiyao, Li Lin | Photography: SWKit│Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet

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