Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell comes to York Theatre Royal

New Adventure’s world premiere tour of Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell – intoxicated tales from darkest Soho – comes to York Theatre Royal.

The performance invites audiences into The Midnight Bell tavern, where a lonely hearts club gather to play out their lovelorn affairs of the heart. It explores the underbelly of 1930s London life, where ordinary people pour out their passions, hopes and dreams in the pubs and bars of Soho and Fitzrovia.

The show is inspired by novelist Patrick Hamilton. Matthew Bourne says: “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.”

Bourne once again joins forces with the Olivier and Tony award-winning team of Terry Davies (music), Lez Brotherton (set and costume design), Paule Constable (lighting design) and Paul Groothuis (sound design) for this brand new production.

The cast features 12 of New Adventures’ finest performers in exciting and intriguing roles – Paris Fitzpatrick, Glenn Graham, Bryony Harrison, Daisy May Kemp, Kate Lyons, Micheal Meazza, Andrew Monaghan, Liam Mower, Danny Reubens, Christopher Thomas, Richard Windsor and Bryony Wood.

Don’t miss the show when it comes to York Theatre Royal from 30th September to 2nd October.

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