Four of the original stars from the world premiere of Matthew Bourne's Romeo And Juliet will dance their roles again in the pre-London, pre-international tour week at Salford's Lowry (July 11-15).
Juliet will be played by Cordelia Braithwaite, who created the role at the 2019 premiere and was nominated for a National Dance Award. Paris Fitzpatrick and Andrew Monaghan (below right) both return as Romeo, having created the role jointly in 2019. Both have just finished critically-acclaimed roles in the Matthew Bourne Sleeping Beauty tour. Paris was recognised at the 2020 South Bank Show Awards as Breakthrough Artist of The Year in Dance for Romeo.
Original Romeo And Juliet cast member Danny Reubens (near right) also returns to his role as the menacing Tybalt.
Matthew Bourne’s version of Shakespeare’s timeless story of forbidden love gives it a characteristic injection of raw passion and youthful vitality. Confined against their will by a
society that seeks to divide, two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together.
The show garnered universal critical acclaim when it premiered in 2019, and now joins producers New Adventures' repertoire. After The Lowry it goes to London's Sadler’s Wells for a five-week summer season, and international tour dates for next year will be announced shortly.
Matthew Bourne said: “When our Romeo and Juliet was created in 2019 it was primarily as a talent development project, offering life-changing opportunities for young dancers and creative artists throughout the UK.
"As the piece now enters the New Adventures repertoire, I’m excited to say several of the young performers who were given their first performance experience in this production are now returning as seasoned professionals. I’m also delighted to see many of the phenomenal original cast return, along with some beloved New Adventures legends making their debuts in the production."
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