Matthew Bourne directs reimagined Romeo + Juliet

Matthew Bourne and his dance company New Adventures are working on a reimagined adaptation of Romeo + Juliet, which will have its world premiere in Leicester on May 13, writes Angie Cronin.

The production will then tour the UK, visiting 13 towns and cities including Bradford, Northampton, Plymouth, Salford, Cardiff, Norwich, Birmingham, Canterbury, Southampton, Nottingham and Newcastle.

Romeo + Juliet will also have a four-week summer season at Sadler’s Wells in London (August 7-31 2019).

Bourne said: “New Adventures’ Romeo + Juliet will be a celebration of youthful energy, talent and creativity both on and off-stage and, uniquely, in all aspects of choreography, design and music through the appointment of a series of ‘Young Associate Artists’.”

The title roles of Romeo and Juliet will be played by six New Adventures rising stars and two new dancers making their professional debuts.

Juliet will be played by Cordelia Braithwaite, currently performing as Cinderella on the international tour; Seren Williams, who joined the company in 2016 with Matthew Bourne’s award-winning production of The Red Shoes; and Bryony Harrison, who is making her debut with New Adventures on tour with Bourne’s production of Swan Lake.

Romeo will be performed by Andrew Monaghan, currently The Pilot in Cinderella; Paris Fitzpatrick, who is playing the Angel in Cinderella; and João Carolino who joined the company in 2017 with Early Adventures.

Making their professional debuts with the company are Harrison Dowzell, as Romeo, who auditioned for the Young Cast in Nottingham, and Bryony Wood, as Juliet, discovered during the Young Cast auditions in Southampton.

Both are in their graduate years at Performers College and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts respectively.

Romeo + Juliet will be directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne.