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121 minutes
8 May 2020
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Matthew Bourne’s Romeo + Juliet (digital release)

Electrifying entertainment’ Daily Telegraph

‘Classic stories with a twist – accessible, but with a powerful emotional undertow’ Sunday Times

‘Britain’s most successful choreographer will blow your mind with his sheer imagination, wit, and brio’ The Times

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo + Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic story of love and conflict. Set in the not-too-distant future in ‘The Verona Institute’ and mysteriously confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide and crush their youthful spirits, our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together.

A timeless story about repressed emotions and teenage discovery is no better told than by the young’, said Matthew Bourne. Inspired by this and as part of New Adventures’ ambition to support the next generation of on-stage talent, Romeo & Juliet featured the finest emerging male and female dancers from around the UK. Bursting with youth, vitality, and Bourne’s trademark storytelling, six young cast members were chosen following a nationwide audition tour and they performed alongside the New Adventures company at each theatre venue.

Alongside Matthew Bourne’s direction and choreography, the design is by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score are by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra.

Romeo + Juliet is also available on DVD and Blu-ray.

(Music courtesy of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.)

Reviews

  1. Aleksandra Kovac (verified owner)

    What an amazing production. I was blown away by the artistry and emotion conveyed in every single move and intense and authentic choreography. So much love and sadness, it brought me to tears several times. Also, superb new orchestration! Loved every minute of it!

    • Louise Machin

      Thank you for your kind comments, much appreciated. I will be sure to pass them to New Adventures who will be very happy to know the production was so enthusiastically received.

      Best wishes,
      Louise

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