New Adventures and Birmingham Hippodrome are delighted to announce full casting for the world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s ROMEO AND JULIET which play at Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 September 2019. Tickets go on sale to Birmingham Hippodrome Friends from 11am on 29 November 2018 and public booking opens Monday 3 December 2018.
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, Young Cast members will perform at each venue alongside the New Adventures Company.
Matthew Bourne said today “New Adventures’ Romeo and 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”. As we enter our fourth decade as a company I’m finding the development of young talent ever more important and fulfilling. Our new company of “Romeo and Juliet” features a staggering 97 young dancers making their debuts with us; some are joining us as part of their third year of training, others have come through our Company initiatives such as “Swan School”, “A Summer Adventure” and of course, our production of “Lord of the Flies” which inspired so many young men to seek careers in dance. This time we have focused on nurturing young male and female dancers, and I have been overwhelmed by the talent that we have had to choose from throughout the UK. I’m particularly happy to be working alongside my Young Associate Choreographer, Arielle Smith, an exceptional young dancemaker of great maturity and vision. In turn, after 30 years as a professional choreographer, I look forward to being refreshed and inspired by what this team of young artists will bring to Shakespeare’s classic tale of tragic conflict and young love”.
Joining the full time cast, the run in Birmingham will feature five local young cast members making their debut with New Adventures;
Lewis Baker was born and raised in Walsall and is training at Flexus Dance Collective. He was inspired to dance as a boy having seen Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake” and he is delighted to have the chance to work with the genius behind that choreography.
Órla Baxendale was born in Bury and lives in Rossendale, Lancashire; and is currently training at Alvin Ailey and Elmhurst Ballet School. The first full length production she saw was Matthew Bourne’s “Lord of the Flies” at the age of 13 which inspired her to become a dancer. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with her favourite dance company.
India-Rose Cox was born in Cheltenham and lives in Chester. She is training at The Hammond. A fan of Matthew Bourne’s productions, having previously seen “Sleeping Beauty”, “Cinderella” and “The Red Shoes”, she saw auditioning as a great opportunity to learn snippets of the repertoire she admires so much and for young people to take part in such an exciting project.
Savannah Ffrench was born in Leicester and lives in Uppingham. She is training at Kings International Ballet Academy. She loves New Adventures productions and sees this as an amazing opportunity. She aspires to dance professionally as soon as she has taken her A-Levels and her goal is be part of a company like New Adventures.
Alexander Love was born and raised in Leicester and trained at the Centre for Advanced Training in Nottingham and Wigston School of Dance. After his amazing experience performing with New Adventures in “Lord of the Flies” in 2014 he knew he wanted to be part of “Romeo and Juliet”.
As previously announced the title roles of ‘Romeo’ and ‘Juliet’ will be played by six New Adventures rising stars and two exciting new dancers making their professional debuts. Creating the role of Juliet will be Cordelia Braithwaite, currently performing as ‘Cinderella’ on the international tour; Seren Williams, who joined New Adventures 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 Matthew Bourne’s legendary production of “Swan Lake”
The role of Romeo will be created 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.
They are joined by leading New Adventures artists, Madelaine Brennan, Daisy May Kemp, Danny Reubens and Daniel Wright who will create the “adult” world of “Romeo and Juliet”. Ben Brown, Reece Causton, Jackson Fisch, Kate Lyons, Stephen Murray and Mark Samaras who will come to this production direct from our USA Tour of Matthew Bourne’s “Cinderella”.
In addition there are sixteen young artists making their debut with New Adventures:Natasha Chu, Gaby Conn, Monique Jonas, Sharol Mackenzie, Hannah Mason, Asher Rosenheim, Catrin Thomas, Chris Thomas and Roisin Whelan; along withBenjamin Derham from Canterbury, Cameron Flynn from Aberdeen and Billy Scott from Plymouth who all performed in the Young Cast in the acclaimed New Adventures production of “Lord of the Flies” in 2014; and Alexander Fadayiro at Central School of Ballet, Jana Baldovino at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and Stanley Duventru-Huret at Urdang Academy who are completing their third year of dance training while on tour with ROMEO AND JULIET.
Continuing New Adventures’ commitment to developing off-stage talent, the Company has recruited a team of Young Associate Artists to work alongside the Artistic team in the creation of this world premiere production. Arielle Smith joins 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 byPaule Constable; sound by Paul Groothuis; and new orchestrations of theProkofiev score by Terry Davies, played live at every venue by The New Adventures Orchestra conducted by Brett Morris.
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