New Adventures has announced details of the two touring casts for the world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet opening at Curve, Leicester on Monday 13 May 2019. The show will tour to 13 venues in the UK including a four-week summer season at Sadler’s Wells from Wednesday 7 August to Saturday 31 August 2019.
The two casts, ‘The Capulets’ and ‘The Montagues’, will perform at different venues; giving each company the time to rehearse with the previously announced Young Casts whilst the tour continues.
The Capulet Company consists of Cordelia Braithwaite as ‘Juliet’ and Paris Fitzpatrick as ‘Romeo’ alongside: Reece Causton; Harrison Dowzell (also plays ‘Romeo’); Alexander Fadayiro; Jackson Fisch; Cameron Flynn; Bryony Harrison (also plays ‘Juliet’); Monique Jonas; Daisy May Kemp; Sharol Mackenzie; Hannah Mason; Stephen Murray; Chris Thomas; Roisin Whelan and Dan Wright. The Capulet Company will be performing in Leicester, Northampton, Salford, London (weeks 1 and 2), Norwich, Canterbury and Nottingham.
The Montague Company consists of Seren Williams as ‘Juliet’ and Andrew Monaghan as ‘Romeo’ alongside: Jana Baldovino; Madelaine Brennan; Ben Brown; Joao Carolino (also plays ‘Romeo’);Natasha Chu: Gaby Conn; Benjamin Derham; Stanley Duventru-Huret; Louis Fukuhara; Danny Reubens; Asher Rosenheim; Billy Ron Scott; Catrin Thomas and Bryony Wood (also plays ‘Juliet’). The Montague Company will be performing in Bradford, Plymouth, Cardiff, London (weeks 3 and 4), Birmingham, Southampton and Newcastle.
In addition, Kate Lyons, Matt Petty and Mark Samaras will tour with the production and perform with both companies.
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, Britain’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company for this World Premiere production.
As part of New Adventures’ ambition to support the next generation of on-stage talent Romeo and Juliet will feature the finest emerging male and female dancers from around the UK. The search began in April 2018 with a call-out for young dancers currently in training aged between 16 and 19. Attracting over 1000 applications and following a UK-wide audition tour, six young cast members will perform at each venue alongside the New Adventures company.
Continuing New Adventures’ commitment to developing off-stage talent they have recruited a team of Young Associate Artists to work alongside the artistic team in the creation of this world premiere production. Rachel Goldberg as Young Associate Sound Designer and Alexander Ling as Young Associate Orchestrator join the previously announced Arielle Smith as Young Associate Choreographer; Elin Steele as Young Associate Set & Costume Designer and Ali Hunter as Young Associate Lighting Designer.
Romeo and Juliet is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, collaborating with his entire New Adventures Associate Artistic team; Etta Murfitt, Associate Artistic Director, set and costume design by Lez Brotherston; lighting by Paule Constable; sound by Paul Groothuis; and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live at every venue by The New Adventures Orchestra conducted by Brett Morris.
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