Announcing the return of Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet

25 November 2022

New Adventures and Sadler's Wells are delighted to announce Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet will return in 2023. With a 12-week UK Tour and five-week Summer Season at Sadler’s Wells.

The tour will open at Curve, Leicester on Monday 3 July, before visiting The Lowry, Salford from Tuesday 11 July, Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe from Tuesday 18 July and New Theatre Hull, from Tuesday 25 July, ahead of a five-week Summer Season at Sadler’s Wells from Tuesday 1 August to Saturday 2 September 2023.

Tickets for The Lowry will go on sale from Friday 2nd December and tickets for Sadler’s Wells will be on sale from Tuesday 13th December. Further tour dates tour dates to be announced soon.

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet gives Shakespeare’s timeless story of forbidden love a scintillating injection of raw passion and youthful vitality. Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together. A masterful re-telling of an ageless tale of teenage discovery and the madness of first love.

Romeo and Juliet garnered universal critical acclaim when it premiered in 2019, and now joins the New Adventures repertoire alongside the very best of Bourne’s world renowned dance theatre productions.

The 2023 production ofRomeo and Juliet is the first co-production between New Adventures and Sadler’s Wells. A relationship that dates back nearly 30 years; New Adventures have been performing at Sadler’s Wells since 1993. In 2005 Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells, Alistair Spalding, appointed Matthew Bourne as one of the organisations first Associate Artists and in 2006 New Adventures became a Resident Company.

Matthew Bourne said today:

'I had resisted creating a new production of Romeo and Julietfor many years wondering if there was anything new to say in a much-performed work. In 2019 I found that inspiration in a countrywide young talent development project that surrounded the original production. Working alongside my usual world class creative team but with a team of young artistic associates and a young cast of super talented emerging dance artists, we created something relevant, questioning and deeply moving…. But also, an unexpected hit show! I’m therefore thrilled to announce its long-awaited return as part of the celebrated New Adventures repertoire to entertain and provoke audiences with its powerful and timely tale of young love.'

Alistair Spalding said today:

'I am thrilled that we are co-producing Romeo and Juliet with New Adventures. We have a longstanding relationship with Matthew Bourne, whose work has delighted Sadler’s Wells audiences for many years, and it will be wonderful to welcome his imaginative and visceral retelling of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy back after its premiere in 2019.'

Romeo and Juliet is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, collaborating with the New Adventures Artistic team; Etta Murfitt (Associate Artistic Director), Lez Brotherston(Set and Costume design), Paule Constable(Lighting Design), Paul Groothuis(Sound Design) and Arielle Smith (Associate Choreographer) with Terry Davies’thrillingly fresh orchestrations of Prokofiev’s dynamic score.



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