Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

14 August 2020

Nutcracker! tour update as of 14 August 2020

We are sad to announce today that the forthcoming 2020/2021 National tour and Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells of Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! has been postponed until 2021/2022.

Recent events and the inevitable knock-on effect these have had to the production’s schedule/timetable, coupled with the fact that the industry continues to wait for confirmation as to when theatres can reopen without social distancing has now made it impossible to mount this new production within this ever-shortening time frame.

Matthew Bourne said today: 'Today’s announcement is heartbreaking for everyone in the New Adventures family. We love our loyal audiences throughout the UK and we feel a great sense of sadness that we will not get to perform for you on our annual tour at this time. This year would have seen our 18th consecutive Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells with our sparkling new production of Nutcracker! I know that there was great anticipation to see this beloved show back after nine years but, alas, we must wait another year for a return trip to Sweetieland! In the meantime, we look forward to shortly announcing a series of adventurous plans, both on and off stage, for 2021 and we live for the day when the curtain rises again on a New Adventures show'. 

Group Managing Director Robert Noble and Executive Director Imogen Kinchin said today: ‘This incredibly difficult decision has not been taken lightly. Since the start of lockdown back in March, we have been working extremely closely with both Sadler’s Wells and our family of national touring venues to do all we can to keep to the current timetable. However, the business model cannot operate with social distancing in place and without clarification as to when social distancing will definitely be removed, and due to this lack of certainty we have to make this decision at this time’.

Artistic Director and CEO of Sadler’s Wells Alistair Spalding said today: 'It is with great sadness that we announce today that our shows scheduled until January 2021 cannot go ahead as planned, including Matthew Bourne’s brilliant Nutcracker!. Matthew Bourne and New Adventures have been delighting Sadler’s Wells audiences with their Christmas shows for 17 consecutive years, which have become one of the highlights of our annual programme. We have worked very closely with New Adventures and the other artists and companies in our programme to avoid this outcome, however continuing uncertainty surrounding coronavirus restrictions has forced us to make this decision, with artist, audience and colleague safety at its core. Though we can't share Nutcracker! with audiences this year, I'm very pleased to confirm that it will return to Sadler's Wells for our 2021/22 Christmas season'.

All patrons who have booked for the 2020/2021 national tour of Nutcracker! do not need to do anything and will be contacted directly by their ticket provider to arrange a refund or credit voucher. 

The 2021/2022 National tour dates for Nutcracker! will be announced in due course.

All bookers with tickets for the 2020/21 Christmas season of the show at Sadler’s Wells will be transferred into equivalent performances in the 2021/22 season. Bookers do not need to do anything at this point and should expect to receive an email from Sadler’s Wells in the last week of September detailing their new booking information. 

Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! will now play at Sadler’s Wells from 7 December 2021 – 30 January 2022.

The Red Shoes tour updates as of 1 May 2020

Whilst we're thrilled so many of you have been engaging with our REEL Adventures programme of work online and our Sky Broadcast productions, we must now sadly confirm that the national and international tour of The Red Shoes, which would have taken us through to October, has officially been cancelled.

Our thoughts go out to all of those venues that we could not visit this year, we’re saddened to have not been able to share the magic of this show with our audiences across the globe. We would also like to take a moment to recognise and acknowledge our amazing company of dancers, stage management and stage crew for their dedicated hard work. The cancellation of this tour has already had a devastating impact on all of them, so more than ever we value your continued support.    
Whilst we can't be onstage we are we thrilled to announce that The Red Shoes Cinema Screening has been rescheduled for 30 September 2020 with encore screenings on 4 October. This will hopefully serve as a fantastic opportunity for anyone who didn’t get to see this show live, and for those whom once isn’t enough. 
To say farewell with a flourish we will be focussing our REEL Adventures programme next week on The Red Shoes, including one final exclusive film from The Red Shoes company filmed in and around their homes, so please do stay tuned for this.
We can't wait until we're back onstage and touring but for now, stay safe and stay home, we will return when the curtains rise again. 
New Adventures x

The Red Shoes tour updates as of 1 May 2020

Following advice from UK Government, Public Health England and the relevant public and healthcare authorities, it is with great sadness that New Adventures' performances of The Red Shoes will regrettably be cancelled at the following venues with immediate effect. Venues will contact ticket holders directly with details of refunds, exchanges or credit notes.

The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Wales Millennium Centre 

The Marlowe, Canterbury

Hull New Theatre

Kings Theatre, Glasgow

Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe

Tokyu theatre Orb, Japan

Shanghai Culture Square

Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre

Some ticket holders are choosing to treat the value of their tickets as a donation to the theatre — where this is possible, it helps a great deal.

We appreciate the loyal support of our audiences whilst we make decisions to support and protect each other as we navigate unchartered territory.

We are working closely with our presenting venues to take all sensible precautions to keep people safe. The UK Government’s advice is for anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, to stay at home.

Please refer to these government guidelines and advice at:

We would like to thank our audiences for their continued support. We recognise this is an ongoing and rapidly evolving situation and we will update our website with further information about our other tour venues as soon as we are able.

Project and Workshop updates as of 24 March 2020

Due to the physical nature of our work, we have sadly had to cancel or postpone all of our talent development, and young people and communities projects taking place across the next few months,  as the safety of our company, staff, dance artists and participants is very important to us.

 Projects include:

  • Curtain Raisers in Southampton and Hull
  • In Our Shoes project in Canterbury
  • Farnham Elders 
  • Magic Me Project at St Filians Care Home
  • Next Adventures project
  • Swan School
  • Dance East CAT Residency 
  • Trinity Laban CAT Residency
  • All one-off workshops in schools, colleges and Higher Education  

New Adventures is committed to delivering high quality projects and investing in talent development, and we are concocting plans to remain connected and creative by delivering a programme of digital work to keep you and your families engaged and entertained with our work, as well as providing access to those who otherwise would have been attending our talent development projects.

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