Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet will embark on 12-week UK tour ahead of a five-week Summer Season at London’s 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.
The production will then play for five-weeks at Sadler’s Wells from 1 August to 2 September 2023.
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet gives Shakespeare’s timeless story of forbidden love a scintillating injection of raw passion and youthful vitality. A masterful re-telling of an ageless tale of teenage discovery and the madness of first love, Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet garnered universal critical acclaim when it premiered in 2019.
The 2023 production of Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is the first co-production between New Adventures and Sadler’s Wells.
Matthew Bourne said today: “I had resisted creating a new production of Romeo and Juliet for 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, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells, said today: “I am thrilled that we’re 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, aand it will be wonderful to welcome his imaginative and visceral retelling of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy back after its premiere in 2019.”
The production 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.
Further tour dates and casting to be announced.