With a nationwide search to find the UK's most talented young dancers now behind them, New Adventures are ready for the long-awaited world premiere of Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet. After kicking off the UK tour on 13 May 2019 at Curve, Leicester, the show will head to Sadler's Wells for a highly anticipated, four-week run from 7 August to 31 August 2019.
A lot of buzz has been circling Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet, which is known for being a contemporary reimagining of the most famous Shakespeare play of all time. Packed full of passion and youthful energy and combined with Matthew Bourne's masterful storytelling craft, Romeo and Juliet is set to be the fastest-selling Matthew Bourne show yet!
In keeping with the New Adventure mission to support emerging young talents, Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet will feature some of best of the best up-and-coming dancers, who were scouted from all across the UK. The search for the next big names in dance started in April 2018 with a call-out for dancers in training between the ages of 16 and 19. Over 1,000 applications were received and only six were chosen to star alongside the prestigious New Adventures company along with two new dancers in their professional dance debuts.
Starring as Romeo will be Andrew Monaghan (The Pilot in Cinderella), João Carolino from Early Adventures, Paris Fitzpatrick (Angel in Cinderella), and Harrison Dowzell, who auditioned for the Young Cast in Nottingham and is currently in his final year at Performers College.
Starring as Juliet will be Seren Williams (Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes), Cordelia Braithwaite (Cinderella in Cinderella), Bryony Harrison (Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake), and Bryony Wood, who was discovered during her auditions for the Young Cast in Southampton and is in her final year at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.
New Adventures has partnered up with Tring Park School and the Performers College to help both Bryony Wood and Harrison Dowzell complete their training while on tour with Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet.
Full casting for Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet will be announced in due course.
Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet: New Adventures is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne in collaboration with his New Adventures Associate Artistic Team. The show's Associate Artistic Director is Etta Murfitt and it features lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothius, costume design by Lez Brotherston, and new orchestrations by Terry Davies of the original Prokofiev score. The orchestrations will be played by the New Adventures Orchestra and conducted by Brett Morris.
New Adventures has also hired young talents to worked on their team of Young Associate Artists. Elin Steele will joins the creative team as Young Associate Set and Costume Designer alongside Arielle Smith as Young Associate Choreographer and Ali Hunteras Young Associate Lighting Designer. The Sound and Music departments will also see further Young Artist appointments.