Romeo and Juliet a la Matthew Bourne

THE world premiere tour of the New Adventures production of Romeo and Juliet comes to Southampton May­flower from 24th to 28th September.

Six young dancers between the ages of 16 and 19 have been invited to join Matthew Bourne’s company at each of the venues, and among those dancing at Southampton will be the prodigiously talented Frome resident Dillon Berry, well known for his roles at the Merlin Theatre.

This Romeo and Juliet is a passionate contemporary re-imagining of Shake­speare’s classic love story. Directed and choreographed by Bourne, the production also involves the New Adventures creative team  – Etta Murfitt,  Lez Brotherston, Paule Constable and Paul Groothuis with new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra conducted by Brett Morris.

Matthew Bourne says this Romeo and Juliet will be a celebration of youthful energy, talent and creativity both on and off-stage.

“As we enter our fourth decade as a company, I’m finding the development of young talent ever more important and fulfilling.”

The title roles of will be played by six New Adventures rising stars and two exciting new dancers making their professional debuts.

Juliet will be played by Cordelia Braithwaite, Seren Williams and Bryony Harri­son, with debutante dancer Bryony Wood, who came to the Southampton auditions. Her Romeo will be danced by Andrew Monag­han, Paris Fitzpatrick and João Carolino with newcomer Harrison Dowzell.

For more details of the Southampton performances, telephone  02380 711811 or visit the website, www.mayflower.org.uk