In this ballet adaptation of Shakespeare's play, all the action and emotion is expressed through movement and dance. Except for short introductions at the beginning of each act, there are no words in this performance. Instead, the emphasis is Sergei Prokofiev's score. Romeo (Rudolf Nureyev) and Juliet (Margot Fonteyn) are young lovers from dueling families who attempt to persevere in spite of the wishes of their parents. Their ardent love faces more challenges than the couple ever imagined.