Matthew Bourne is to reimagine Romeo and Juliet for a UK tour, his company New Adventures has announced.
The tour opens at Leicester’s Curve on May 13, 2019, and will visit venues including Wales Millennium Centre, Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre and Newcastle’s Theatre Royal, where it runs until October 12.
Romeo and Juliet will also run for a four week season at Sadler’s Wells in London from August 7 to 31, 2019.
Directed and choreographed by Bourne, Romeo and Juliet is a contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic story.
Juliet will be played by Cordelia Braithwaite, Seren Williams, Bryony Harrison and Bryony Wood, while Romeo will be played by Andrew Monaghan, Paris Fitzpatrick, Joao Carolino and Harrison Dowzell.
Set and costume design is by Lez Brotherston, lighting is by Paule Constable, sound is by Paul Groothuis, and orchestrations are by Terry Davies. The music will be played live by the New Adventures Orchestra and conducted by Brett Morris.
As well as established professional dancers, the cast will also feature emerging dancers aged 16 to 19 who were recruited through a nationwide call-out. Six young cast members will perform at each venue alongside the New Adventures Company.
There will also be young associate artists working with the company in roles including choreography, set and costume, sound and music.
Bourne said: “New Adventures’ Romeo and Juliet will be a celebration of youthful energy, talent and creativity both on and offstage 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.”
Full casting is to be announced.