Bourne’s Romeo + Juliet on DVD

Published: 8 August 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

The Company in Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet Credit: Johan Persson

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo + Juliet will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 25 August 2020 by Illuminations following the release of download and streaming versions in May.

Romeo + Juliet is directed for screen by Ross MacGibbon. Alongside Bourne’s direction and choreography, design is by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Phil Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra.

Bourne said, "a timeless story about repressed emotions and teenage discovery is no better told than by the young." Six young cast members were chosen for each theatre venue following a nationwide audition tour to perform with the New Adventures company. This film includes the London cast recorded at Sadler’s Wells in addition to two of Bourne’s rising stars: Paris Fitzpatrick as Romeo and Cordelia Braithwaite as Juliet.

The DVD and Blu-ray include a new 30-minute film, The Making of Romeo + Juliet, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with cast members, Paris Fitzpatrick, Cordelia Braithwaite and Daisy May Kemp, Associate Artistic Director Etta Murfitt, Young Associate Choreographer Arielle Smith and Bourne himself.