Go behind the scenes of Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet and find out more about the process of creating this brand new show.
Delve further in to the story, explore the creative process from inception to performance, and meet some of the talented cast and creatives behind 2019's production.
If you're a teacher, student, or just an avid fan, make sure you also take a look at our additional resources, including a virtual reality workshop, essay questions and discussion points.
Explore the Story
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. The exact location and time period in which Romeo and Juliet is based is left purposefully non-specific. The audience are left to make up their own mind about ‘where and when’ this story exists. The story unfolds within a time-period of about three weeks. The characters that exist within this ‘world’ are faced with a society in which love is forbidden.
Continue onwards using the three links below to uncover the story of our Romeo and Juliet, but beware of spoilers!
Romeo and Juliet is perhaps the best-known love story in the English literary tradition. William Shakespeare’s tragic tale from the late 1500’s has often been associated with the real-life events of two lovers who tragically died for each other in 14th century Verona, though there’s no official record of this event. Whatever the motivation behind it, Romeo and Juliet remains one of Shakespeare’s most enduring pieces of writing, with universal themes that are still relevant today. Directors from all four corners of the globe have since produced their own interpretations of it.
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet reimagines the era, setting, characters and to some extent, the plot, though the core notion of two young people whose forbidden love causes them to pay the ultimate sacrifice remains central to his production.
Here is an overview of the key themes from Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet:
The Creative Process
Scroll through our moodboard to find images, films and people that influenced some of what you see in Romeo and Juliet.
Discover what went on in the studio when we created the show in April 2019. Find out what the process was like from Matthew Bourne himself, Associate Artistic Director Etta Murfitt and our Young Associate Choreographer on the show Arielle Smith, from the impetus behind creating this new production, to the the logistics of rehearsals
Explore the production elements that make up Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet with the creatives and crew that worked on the show.
Did you know the amazing New Adventures backstage team arrive 48 hours before each opening night of Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet to 'get-in' with our glorious set, designed by Lez Brotherston? Have a watch for a sped up view of what happens...
From lighting and sound to choreography and set design, watch our Young Associate Artists discuss their experience and the benefits of this amazing opportunity.
Meet the Dancers
Meet the Dancers
We were proud to have sixteen young artists making their debut with New Adventures in this production, including two Lord of the Flies young cast participants. Here you can fFind out more about some of the characters in Romeo and Juliet and the dancers' journeys with New Adventures.
Third Year Dancers
Did you know that six cast members in Romeo and Juliet completed their final year of dance training whilst on tour with our new show in 2019? Watch this video to find out more:
Coming Soon: The Documentary
To celebrate our passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, we documented our journey with the young talent who make up this unique production.
From the 80 Local Cast members to our team of Young Associate Artists, we've followed their experience throughout the tour. We are also proud to have had sixteen young artists make their debut with New Adventures with this production, including two Lord of the Flies young cast participants and five third-year dance students who completed their training whilst on tour with the show. They all joined nineteen members of the New Adventures company to complete the full casting for Romeo and Juliet.
Here's a taster of our documentary so far...