Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures dance company will premiere The Midnight Bell – a new dance piece inspired by famed novelist Patrick Hamilton.
The show will open at Cheltenham Everyman on 9 September followed by a UK tour which includes a season at Sadler Wells from 4 -9 October 2021.
Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell explores the underbelly of 1930s London life and is set in a tavern frequented by lonely hearts from the numerous cheap bordering houses in fog soaked Fitzrovia and Soho.
British novelist Patrick Hamilton (Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky, Hangover Square) created some of the most authentic fiction of his era; stories borne out of years of social interactions with the working man and woman at his favourite location – the London Pub.
Matthew Bourne said “Patrick Hamilton’s literary world could be seen as the flip-side of his close contemporary, Noel Coward, whose witty and glamorous world of cocktails and high society made him so fashionable and successful. Hamilton, on the other hand, wrote about the lives of everyday people, full of pathos, comedy and thwarted romance. Indeed his own personal setbacks and increasingly serious drinking problem became the source from which he created his finest and most individual work. More than any other author of the time, Hamilton’s characters speak with the authentic voice of the era and it’s the raw passion and secret lives that lie beneath the conventional exterior that appeals to me so much.”
Joining Bourne on the Olivier and Tony award-winning creative team are Terry Davies (music), Lez Brotherston (set and costume design), Paule Constable (lighting design) and Paul Groothuis (sound design).
Creating this new piece of work are twelve of New Adventures finest performers – Paris Fitzpatrick, Glenn Graham, Bryony Harrison, Daisy May Kemp, Kate Lyons, Michela Meazza, Andrew Monaghan, Liam Mower, Danny Reubens, Christopher Thomas, Richard Winsor and Bryony Wood.
Tickets to Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight will go on sale shortly.