THIS spring, Scottish Ballet will return to the stage in Aberdeen and Inverness with the world's most famous tale of love and loss in a powerful and vivid reinterpretation of Shakespeare's tragic story of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet.
This production, which was created for Scottish Ballet by Polish choreographer Krzysztof Pastor in 2008, made a second hugely successful tour in 2010.
Now, for the first time, Romeo and Juliet will return under the focused guidance of Scottish Ballet's Artistic Director, Christopher Hampson, who joined the company in 2012.
Set in the 20th century, this passionate story of forbidden love unfolds through three dramatic acts as time moves on.
Beginning in black-and-white, in a 1920s Italian metropolis, Pastor uses a back projector depicting stark images of First World War trenches to invoke a message of conflict and turmoil – a clear hint of what is to unfold on stage.
The second act moves to the sepia-toned 1950s, in the wake of Mussolini's fascist dictatorship.
Finally, the third act is set amidst the backdrop of warring nations in the 1990s; a land dominated by the eerie blue light of television cameras that report 24/7 from the frontline of global wars.
Loyal followers of Scottish Ballet will see the evolving talent within the company as a number of recognisable faces dance principal roles.
Romeo & Juliet will be at His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen, from April 30-May 3, and Eden Court, Inverness, from May 7-10.
Tickets for the Aberdeen performances are available by calling the box office on 01224 641122 or online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/events/scottish-ballet-romeo-juliet
For the Inverness dates, call the Eden Court box office on 01463 234234 or online at www.eden-court.co.uk