New Adventures announce the world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s “ROMEO AND JULIET” opening at Curve, Leicester on Monday 13 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. Full tour schedule below.
Matthew Bourne’s “ROMEO AND JULIET” is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, Britain’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company for this World Premiere production. Directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, collaborating with his entire New Adventures Associate Artistic team; Etta Murfitt, Associate Artistic Director, set and costume design by Lez Brotherston; lighting by Paule Constable; sound by Paul Groothuis; and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra and conducted by Brett Morris.
As part of New Adventures’ ambition to support the next generation of on-stage talent and inspired by the success of “Lord of the Flies” in 2014, which combined professional dancers and young men with little or no dance experience, “ROMEO AND JULIET” will feature the finest emerging male and female dancers from around the UK. The search began in April 2018 with a call-out for the next generation of young dancers currently in training aged between 16 and 19. Attracting over 1000 applications and following a UK-wide 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.
Matthew Bourne said today “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 a series 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. Our current company of “Swan Lake” features 29 young dancers making their debuts with us, many of those have come through our Company initiatives such as “Swan School”, “A Summer Adventure” and of course, our production of “Lord of the Flies” which inspired so many young men to seek careers in dance. This time we are focusing on nurturing young male and female dancers, and I have been overwhelmed by the talent that we have had to choose from throughout the UK. I’m particularly happy to be working alongside my Young Associate Choreographer, Arielle Smith, an exceptional young dancemaker of great maturity and vision. In turn, 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”.
The title roles of ‘Romeo’ and ‘Juliet’ will be played by six New Adventures rising stars and two exciting new dancers making their professional debuts.
‘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” and Bryony Harrison who is making her debut with New Adventures on tour with Matthew Bourne’s legendary production of “Swan Lake”.
‘Romeo’ will be performed by Andrew Monaghan, currently ‘The Pilot’ in “Cinderella”, Paris Fitzpatrick who is playing the ‘Angel’ in “Cinderella” and João Carolino who joined the company in 2017 with “Early Adventures”.
Making their professional debuts with the company are Harrison Dowzell, as ‘Romeo’, who auditioned for the Young Cast in Nottingham, and Bryony Wood, as ‘Juliet’, discovered during the Young Cast auditions in Southampton. Both are in their graduate years at Performers College and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts respectively. New Adventures is working in partnership with both vocational colleges to support the completion of their training during the tour.
Full cast to be announced shortly.
Continuing New Adventures’ commitment to developing off-stage talent we have recruited a team of Young Associate Artists to work alongside the Artistic team in the creation of this world premiere production. Arielle Smith joins as Young Associate Choreographer; Elin Steele as Young Associate Set & Costume Designer and Ali Hunter as Young Associate Lighting Designer. Further Young Associates will also be appointed in the Sound and Music departments.
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ROMEO AND JULIET TOUR DATES 2019
MONDAY 13 MAY – SATURDAY 18 MAY
CURVE, LEICESTER – www.curveonline.co.uk
ON SALE 1 NOVEMBER 2018
WEDNESDAY 22 MAY – SATURDAY 25 MAY
ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD – www.bradford-theatres.co.uk
ON SALE 12 NOVEMBER 2018
TUESDAY 28 MAY – SATURDAY 1 JUNE
ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON – www.royalandderngate.co.uk
ON SALE 15 OCTOBER 2018
TUESDAY 4 JUNE – SATURDAY 8 JUNE
THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH – www.theatreroyal.com
ON SALE 26 OCTOBER 2018
TUESDAY 11 JUNE – SATURDAY 15 JUNE
THE LOWRY, SALFORD – www.thelowry.com
ON SALE 15 NOVEMBER 2018
TUESDAY 18 JUNE – SATURDAY 22 JUNE
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF – www.wmc.org.uk
ON SALE 26 NOVEMBER 2018
WEDNESDAY 7 AUGUST – SATURDAY 31 AUGUST (PRESS NIGHTS 9 AUGUST & 23 AUGUST)
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON – www.sadlerswells.com
ON SALE 5 NOVEMBER 2018
TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER
NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL – www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
ON SALE SPRING 2019
TUESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME – www.birminghamhippodrome.com
ON SALE 3 DECEMBER 2018
TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER
MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY – www.marlowetheatre.com
ON SALE SOON
TUESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER
MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON – www.mayflower.org.uk
ON SALE 17 OCTOBER 2018
TUESDAY 1 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER
THEATRE ROYAL, NOTTINGHAM – www.trch.co.uk
ON 19 OCTOBER 2018
TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER
THEATRE ROYAL, NEWCASTLE – www.theatreroyal.co.uk
ON SALE 9 NOVEMBER 2018