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Bourne's Romeo and Juliet gets cinema release

Published: 23 August 2019
Reporter: Vera Liber

Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet for New Adventures, filmed live at Sadler's Wells in London starring Cordelia Braithwaite as Juliet, Paris Fitzpatrick as Romeo, Dan Wright as Tybalt and Ben Brown as Mercutio, is to be screened in cinemas nationwide from Tuesday 22 October 2019.

Bourne said, "we have been overwhelmed by the fantastic response to the work during our tour and felt we couldn’t miss this opportunity to share it with as many people as possible across the UK and around the world. This timeless story of forbidden love, repressed emotions and teenage discovery is no better told than by the young, and I have been refreshed and inspired by what this team of young dancers and artists have brought to Shakespeare’s classic tale of tragic conflict and young love.’

This re-imagining of Shakespeare’s story is set in the not-too-distant future in The Verona Institute where ‘difficult’ young people are confined by a society that seeks to divide and crush their youthful spirit and individuality. The two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together.

The production is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne with design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies played by the New Adventures Orchestra conducted by Brett Morris. It has been directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon and produced by Illuminations.