5 December 2016


Matthew Bourne, New Adventures and Re:Bourne are delighted to announce a year-long celebration of work to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the company. Since the first performance in 1987 New Adventures has become a great British success story of UK theatre. In addition to extensive UK touring over the past 30 years New Adventures has played in 15 countries across the world, including the USA, Japan, China, Russia, across Europe and Australia.

Throughout their anniversary year, New Adventures will play over 300 performances at a record 34 UK venues and will perform in six countries across the world. This will include nine weeks at Sadler’s Wells and nearly 40 weeks of touring elsewhere. The productions will feature over 90 dancers.

The celebrations begin with Matthew’s first new production in four years “THE RED SHOES” which opens at Sadler’s Wells this week and is the twelfth full length production in the New Adventures repertoire.

Matthew then returns to his roots with “EARLY ADVENTURES”, a programme of early works that launched his career and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment that have become hallmarks of the New Adventures company today. The tour begins on 2 February 2017 and plays through to 12 April 2017 (click here for casting). 

Returning to New Adventures productions in our 2017 season (from left to right in each row): Reece Causton (Early Adventures), Tom Clark (Early Adventures), Danny Collins (Early Adventures), Sophia Hurdley (Early Adventures), Mari Kamata (Early Adventures), Jamie McDonald (Early Adventures), Luke Murphy (Lord of the Flies), Dominic North (Lord of the Flies), Edwin Ray (Early Adventures), Dan Wright (Lord of the Flies)

Also in April, New Adventures and Re:Bourne’s production of “LORD OF THE FLIES” will have its Australian premiere at Arts Centre Melbourne from Wednesday 5 April - Sunday 9 April 2017. This is the first international season for “LORD OF THE FLIES” and an Australian exclusive. Based on William Golding’s iconic novel the season follows the success of the ground-breaking UK tour in 2014 in a unique collaboration of British and Australian creative talent.

We finish the year with the much-anticipated return of one of New Adventures’ most loved productions “CINDERELLA” to Sadler’s Wells for Christmas, following its sell-out season in 2010.  2017 marks 20 years since the production first premiered in the West End. Tickets will go on sale Monday 6 March 2017.

Making their debuts in New Adventures productions in our 2017 season (from left to right in each row): Jordan Bretherton (Lord of the Flies), João Carolino (Early Adventures), Shay Debney (Lord of the Flies), Jackson Fisch (The Red Shoes), Paris Fitzpatrick (Early Adventures), Damian Meredith (Lord of the Flies), Taylor Scanlan (Lord of the Flies), Kyall Shanks (Lord of the Flies), Patrick Weir (Lord of the Flies)

Re:Bourne, the charitable arm of New Adventures will be continuing to build on its ground-breaking projects in schools, at Summer Festivals and in care homes for people living with Dementia. The charity will deliver a large-scale reminiscence project across the UK to celebrate the return of Cinderella uniting older people with young people.

The 2017-2018 New Adventures Choreographer Award, which has become one of the sector’s most sought-after choreographic prizes, will open for applications early in 2017.

“I’m delighted that we will be delivering such a busy programme of touring productions and projects in our thirtieth anniversary year.  After three decades New Adventures continues to revisit, revise and refresh much-loved repertoire as well as making new work for audiences across the UK and around the world. Since 2008 Re:Bourne has exceeded all my expectations in terms of the breadth and reach of work it delivers and I’m thrilled that 2017 will be such a true reflection of everything we do best.” Matthew Bourne


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