Imagine a time when love is forbidden…
“Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together…”
Following a nationwide search, Britain’s brightest young dance talent will join the New Adventures company for the world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, which opens at Curve Theatre, Leicester, on 13th May 2019, as part of a UK tour to 13 venues, including a four-week summer season at Sadler’s Wells from Wednesday 7 August to Saturday 31 August 2019. The production will be the company’s first new production since ‘The Red Shoes‘ in 2016.
Directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, collaborating with his entire New Adventures Associate Artistic team, including Associate Artistic Director Etta Murfitt, the production will feature set and costume design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothius, and new orchestrations of Prokofiev’s score by Terry Davis, which is to be played live by the New Adventures Orchestra, conducted by Brett Morris.
As part of New Adventures’ ambition to support the next generation of on-stage talent, Romeo and Juliet will feature the finest emerging male and female dancers from around the UK. Beginning in April 2018, the company placed a call-out for the next generation of young dancers. Attracting over 1,000 applications during a national audition tour, six Young Cast members at each venue will perform alongside the New Adventures company. This unique opportunity will nurture and develop young talent with a view to them embarking on a career in dance.
The title roles of Romeo and Juliet will be played by six New Adventures rising stars, and two new dancers making their professional debuts. Romeo will be performed by Andrew Monaghan (currently ‘The Pilot’ in Cinderella), Paris Fitzpatrick (currently the ‘Angel’ in Cinderella), João Carolino (who joined the company in 2017), and Harrison Dowzell (making his professional debut with the company).
Juliet will be played by Cordelia Braithwaite (currently performing as ‘Cinderella’ on the international tour), Seren Williams (who joined the company in 2016 with Matthew Bourne’s award-winning production of The Red Shoes), Bryony Harrison (making her debut with New Adventures on tour with Matthew Bourne’s legendary production of Swan Lake) and Bryony Wood (making her professional debut with the company).
Continuing the company’s commitment to developing off-stage talent, a team of Young Associate Artists has been recruited, who will work alongside the current Artistic team in the creation of the production. This will include Arielle Smith (Young Associate Choreographer), Elin Steele (Young Associate Set & Costume Designer) and Ali Hunter (Young Associate Lighting Designer), with further Young Associates to be appointed in the Sound and Music departments.
Regarding this new production, Matthew Bourne said, “New Adventures’ Romeo and Juliet will be a celebration of youthful energy, talent and creativity both on and off-stage and, uniquely, in all aspects of Choreography, Design and Music through the appointment of Young Associate Artists. As we enter our fourth decade as a company, I’m finding the development of young talent ever more important and fulfilling… and I have been overwhelmed by the talent that we have had to choose from throughout the UK… after 30 years as a professional choreographer, I look forward to being refreshed and inspired by what this team of young artists will bring to Shakespeare’s classic tale of tragic conflict and young love”.
“Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, the UK’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company for this World Premiere production”.
Curve Theatre, Leicester, 13th – 18th May – BUY TICKETS
The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 22nd – 25th May – BUY TICKETS
Royal and Derngate, 28th May – 1st June – BUY TICKETS
Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 4th – 8th June – BUY TICKETS
The Lowry, Salford, 11th – 15th June – BUY TICKETS
Theatre Royal Norwich, 3rd – 7th September – BUY TICKETS
Birmingham Hippodrome, 10th – 14th September – BUY TICKETS
The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 17th – 21st September – BUY TICKETS
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 24th – 28th September – BUY TICKETS
Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 1st – 5th October – BUY TICKETS
Newcastle Theatre Royal, 9th – 12th October – BUY TICKETS