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    absolutely compelling
    The Guardian
    a goosebumping night of dance
    The Evening Standard

Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet Tickets

Olivier Award-winning choreographer Matthew Bourne presents an exciting and passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s tragic story.

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The pangs of first love and heartbreak collide with dance in Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet at Sadler’s Wells. This contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's great tragedy is a masterful offering from the world-renowned choreographer, returning to London for the first time since it premiered in 2019. The tragic tale of star-crossed lovers is injected with fresh vitality and drama, in a production that will make you see Shakespeare in a whole new light.

About Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet

The story of Romeo and Juliet is a tale as old as time: two lovestruck teens strive to be together despite the interference of their warring families. Held back by a society that would rather remain divided, they must risk everything amidst the dizzying obsession of young love.

Olivier Award-winning choreographer Matthew Bourne and his company New Adventures present a breathless display of romance and dance, making the age-old story of forbidden romance feel scintillating, urgent and modern.

Set in the oppressive walls of the Verona Institute - a youth asylum or young offenders institute - it has received 5 star reviews from critics, and its “bleak yet passionate” (The Guardian) storytelling that is “electrified by youthful energy” (The Stage). Bourne’s production is an incredible feat of dance and live theatre that will make you forget about the famous adaptations that came before: this is Shakespeare perfectly adapted for a new generation.

Matthew Bourne Romeo and Juliet Creative Team

Romeo and Juliet is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, one of the foremost dance practitioners working today. Fans of Bourne’s incredible repertoire, including Nutcracker! and his innovative production of Swan Lake with male swans, can expect more of his unique vision in Romeo and Juliet.

The show is set to a dynamic score by Prokofiev, which soars and surges through the story as Romeo and Juliet meet, fall in love, and are blocked at every turn by controlling parents, demeaning adults and societal expectations; set design by Lez Brotherston; and lighting design by Paule Constable.

Be Inspired With Tickets for Matthew Bourne Romeo and Juliet

The “electrifying” (Daily Telegraph) show first premiered in 2019 and now returns to London, ready to dazzle audiences once again. Book Matthew Bourne Romeo and Juliet tickets to experience an age-old story told with fresh passion.

Sorry this show closed 02 September 2023.

Performance dates:
01 Sep 2023 - 02 Sep 2023
Running time:
1 hour and 50 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 14+. Under 5s not permitted.
Audience Notes:
The production features loud sound effects including a gun shot and some flashing lights (not strobe); and scenes of a disturbing and sexual nature, including stabbing and strangulation.

Latest Audience Reviews

Based on the Shakespeare classic, this is a very dark but stunningly beautifully and quite haunti... More

Brilliant production, absolutely loved the modern setting and the performances were incredible fr... More

Set was excellent, Matthew Bourne’s take on Romeo and Juliet is quirky and intriguing. Dancers we... More

Oh my goodness! What an amazing interpretation of R&J for today. Totally visceral and very upse... More

This was a spectacular ballet. The choreography was modern and exciting and I found myself absolu... More

Fantastic story telling! So accessible to all. The choreography, music and performance were immac... More

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