News: New Adventures announces world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s Romeo & Juliet

Friday 12 October 2018

Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet

New Adventures has announced 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 in August 2019.

Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Bursting with youth, vitality and the renowned choreographer’s trademark storytelling, Britain’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company for this world premiere production, which is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne in collaboration 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 the company’s ambition to support the next generation of on-stage talent, Romeo and Juliet will feature emerging dancers from around the UK. The search began in April 2018 with a call-out for young dancers 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.

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 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 star-crossed lovers will be played by six New Adventures rising stars and two 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 The Red Shoes and Bryony Harrison who is making her debut with New Adventures on tour with 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 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. New Adventures is working in partnership with their vocational colleges to support the completion of their training during the tour.

The company has also recruited a team of Young Associate Artists to work alongside the Artistic team. Arielle Smith joins as Young Associate Choreographer; Elin Steele as Young Associate Set & Costume Designer and Ali Hunter as Young Associate Lighting Designer, with further Young Associates to be appointed in the Sound and Music departments.

For more information, visit the New Adventures website.

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