World Premiere of Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell

    9 September - 27 November 2021

    We are delighted to announce the World Premiere of Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell, opening at Cheltenham Everyman on 9 September 2021, marking New Adventures’ first visit to Cheltenham. The production will tour to 13 venues across the UK including Sadler’s Wells. 

    Intoxicated tales from darkest Soho

    Matthew Bourne’s new World Premiere for New Adventures explores the under-belly of 1930s London life where ordinary people emerge from cheap boarding houses nightly to pour out their passions, hopes and dreams in the pubs and bars of fog-bound Soho and Fitzrovia. Step inside The Midnight Bell, a tavern where one particular lonely-hearts club gather to play out their lovelorn affairs of the heart; bitter comedies of longing, frustration, betrayal and redemption.

    Inspired by the great English novelist Patrick Hamilton (Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky, Hangover Square) who created some of the most authentic fiction of his era; stories borne out of years of social interactions with the working man and woman at his favourite location – the London Pub.

    Master storyteller Bourne once again joins forces with the Olivier and Tony award-winning team of Lez BrotherstonTerry DaviesPaule Constable and Paul Groothuis for this brand new production. The cast features twelve of New Adventures’ finest performers in roles that will challenge and reveal the darker reaches of the human heart.

    This is a Dance Theatre event not to be missed.

    Matthew Bourne said today: 
    “Patrick Hamilton’s literary world could be seen as the flip-side of his close contemporary, Noel Coward, whose witty and glamorous world of cocktails and high society made him so fashionable and successful. Hamilton, on the other hand, wrote about the lives of everyday people, full of pathos, comedy and thwarted romance. Indeed his own personal setbacks and increasingly serious drinking problem became the source from which he created his finest and most individual work. More than any other author of the time, Hamilton’s characters speak with the authentic voice of the era and it’s the raw passion and secret lives that lie beneath the conventional exterior that appeals to me so much” 

    Venues & Dates

    • Everyman Theatre Cheltenham

      Cheltenham, GL50 1DF

       – On Sale 24 May Coming Soon

    • Theatre Royal Brighton

      Brighton, BN1

       – On Sale 17 May Coming Soon

    • Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

      Sheffield, S1 1DA

       – On Sale 17 July Coming Soon

    • The Orchard Theatre

      Dartford, DA1 1ED

       – On Sale

    • York Theatre Royal

      York, YO1 7HD

       – On Sale 21 June Coming Soon

    • Sadler’s Wells

      London, EC1R 4TN

       – On Sale Soon Coming Soon

    • Curve Theatre

      Leicester, LE1 1SB

       – On Sale 20 May Coming Soon

    • Liverpool Playhouse Theatre

      Liverpool, L1 1EL

       – On Sale 19 May Coming Soon

    • Oxford Playhouse

      Oxford, OX1 2LW

       – On Sale 18 May Coming Soon

    • Hall for Cornwall

      Truro, TR1 2LL

       – On Sale Soon Coming Soon

    • Warwick Arts Centre

      Coventry, CV4 7AL

       – On Sale 30 June Coming Soon

    • Eden Court

      Inverness, IV3 5SA

       – On Sale 14 May Coming Soon

    • Theatre Royal, Bath

      Bath, BA1 1ET

       – On Sale 17 May Coming Soon

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