New Adventures announces World Premiere for 2019

11 October 2018

Following a nationwide search Britain's brightest young dance talent will join the New Adventures company


New Adventures is delighted to 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.

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 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.

Meet our Juliets:

‘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. Making her professional debut with the company is Bryony Wood, as ‘Juliet’, discovered during the Young Cast auditions in Southampton and in her graduate year at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

Juliet (Cordelia Braithwaite) and Romeo (Paris Fitzpatrick)
Credit: Johan Persson

Meet our Romeos:

‘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 his professional debut with the company is Harrison Dowzell, as ‘Romeo’, who auditioned for the Young Cast in Nottingham and is in his graduate year at Performers College. New Adventures is working in partnership with both Performers College and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts to support the completion of Harrison and Bryony's training during the tour. Full casting will be announced soon.

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.

Romeo (Paris Fitzpatrick) & Juliet (Cordelia Braithwaite)

Full UK Tour Dates

DatesVenueOn Sale
Monday 13 May - Saturday 18 MayCurve, Leicester1 November 2018
Wednesday 22 May - Saturday 25 MayAlhambra Theatre, Bradford12 November 2018
Tuesday 28 May - Saturday 1 JuneRoyal & Derngate, Northampton15 October 2018
Tuesday 4 June - Saturday 8 JuneTheatre Royal Plymouth26 October 2018
Tuesday 11 June - Saturday 15 JuneThe Lowry, Salford15 November 2018
Tuesday 18 June - Saturday 22 JuneWales Millennium Centre, Cardiff26 November 2018
Wednesday 7 August - Saturday 31 AugustSadler's Wells, London5 November 2018
Tuesday 3 September - Saturday 7 SeptemberNorwich Theatre RoyalSpring 2019
Tuesday 10 September - Saturday 14 SeptemberBirmingham Hippodrome3 December 2018
Tuesday 17 September - Saturday 21 SeptemberMarlowe Theatre, CanterburyOn Sale Soon
Tuesday 24 September - Saturday 28 SeptemberMayflower Theatre, Southampton17 October 2018
Tuesday 1 October - Saturday 5 OctoberTheatre Royal, Nottingham19 October 2018
Wednesday 9 October - Saturday 12 OctoberTheatre Royal, Newcastle9 November 2018

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