The Dictator’s Cut: How Stalin blocked a happy end for Romeo and Juliet in Prokofiev’s classic ballet

We probably don’t need to print a spoiler alert here warning you about the tragic turns taken in the tale Romeo and Juliet. The Shakespeare classic is, after all, the best-known love story ever written, moving millions of readers, viewers and listeners afresh every year – and inspiring countless of artists of the stage, and beyond. Away from the theatre, The Bard’s play has stimulated creatives across the arts for more than 400 years – from Romantic poetry to pop songs, opera to Bollywood and Pre-Raphaelite painting to Japanese anime. Many of these spin-off works have become household fables in … Continue reading The Dictator’s Cut: How Stalin blocked a happy end for Romeo and Juliet in Prokofiev’s classic ballet