The Stage 100: 2020

2 January 2020

Without pausing for breath, we’re thrilled to share that New Adventures has three mentions overall in The Stage’s top 100 for 2020.

In this years list of the most influential people working in the theatre and performing arts industry, we’re elated to see that New Adventures has climbed to spot number 17 (26 last year), with special recognition to our Artistic Director, Matthew Bourne, Group Managing Director, Robert Noble and the grand return of our two time Olivier Award winning The Red Shoes.

"The year started on a huge high for Bourne after he was honoured at the Olivier Awards for his outstanding body of work and contribution to the arts. This continued with the premiere of his eagerly awaited and radically staged Romeo and Juliet, which earned him a nomination for best modern choreography at The National Dance Awards. Through his Company, with Noble as group managing director, Bourne also launched a tour of The Red Shoes, including a season at Sadler’s Wells, while his much loved Swan Lake also toured the UK and was broadcast in cinemas." 

The Stage

Impressively, Paule Constable, our Associate Artist, and Lighting Designer for Romeo and Juliet and The Red Shoes was also featured for her work having previously been featured in the top 100 for 2019, another fantastic and proud moment for the New Adventures Company.


The collective work of the New Adventures team has seen some phenomenal announcements, in particular to our World Premiere production of Romeo and Juliet.

Matthew Bourne’s vision of the Shakespearean star-cross’d lovers was a triumph of concept and execution.

The Stage

Below are a collection of some fantastic references to this show, alongside other stand out performances of 2019. 

Evening Standard: Londons dance shows 2019 Best Ballet and Contemporary of the Year

The Guardian: Top 10 Dance Shows 2019

The Stage: Top 50 Shows of the Year Dance

The Times: The best and worst cultural events 2019

The Arts Desk: Best of 2019 Dance

Finally, not to take our foot off the pedal too soon, but we’ve also rounded up another special mention, in particular for Lord of the Flies. Notably regarded in Sarah Compton’s ‘My Shows of the Decade’ for The Sunday Times. 

A key part of the dance ecology: the extraordinary New Adventures of Matthew Bourne have consistently produced work that has been popular and pushed the envelope

The Sunday Times

New Adventures would like to congratulate all those featured in the lists, including colleagues and friends from partnering organisations that we tour to and work with. Here's to 2020!

What a way to start the year! 

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