‘Electrifying entertainment’ Daily Telegraph
'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.
The DVD (Region 0) includes the brand new 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 Matthew Bourne himself.