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Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet première

Published: 23 February 2019
Reporter: Vera Liber

The world première of Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet opens at Curve, Leicester on 13 May 2019 and will tour to 13 venues in the UK including a four-week summer season at Sadler’s Wells from 7 to 31 August.

The two casts, The Capulets and The Montagues, will perform at different venues, with Kate Lyons, Matt Petty and Mark Samaras performing with both companies.

The Capulet Company, performing in Leicester, Northampton, Salford, London (weeks 1 and 2), Norwich, Canterbury and Nottingham, 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 Montague Company, performing in Bradford, Plymouth, Cardiff, London (weeks 3 and 4), Birmingham, Southampton and Newcastle, 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).

In April 2018, the company began a search for young dancers currently in training aged between 16 and 19. Six young cast members will perform at each venue alongside the New Adventures company. Young Associates Rachel Goldberg as sound designer and Alexander Ling as orchestrator join the previously announced Arielle Smith as choreographer, Elin Steele as set and costume designer and Ali Hunter as lighting designer.

Romeo and Juliet will be directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, with Etta Murfitt as 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 by The New Adventures Orchestra conducted by Brett Morris.