Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell Tour

Last Updated on 24th March 2022

New Adventures has announced the world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell. The Midnight Bell UK Tour opens at Cheltenham Everyman in September 2021.

VIEW DATESThe Midnight Bell UK Tour

Photo: Johan Persson

New Adventures is delighted to announce the World Premiere of Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell opening at Cheltenham Everyman on 9 September 2021, as part of a UK tour to 13 venues including a season at Sadler’s Wells from 4 to 9 October 2021. Full tour schedule below.

Exploring 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.

Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell is 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.

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”

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

The cast will feature twelve of New Adventures’ finest performers in roles that will challenge and reveal the darker reaches of the human heart. The cast for The Midnight Bell are Paris Fitzpatrick, Glenn Graham, Bryony Harrison, Daisy May Kemp, Kate Lyons, Michela Meazza, Andrew Monaghan, Liam Mower, Danny Reubens, Christopher Thomas, Richard Winsor and  Bryony Wood.

This is a Dance Theatre event not to be missed.

The World Premiere tour of The Midnight Bell combined with the forthcoming national tour and Sadler’s Wells’ Christmas season of NUTCRACKER! will see New Adventures visit 26 mid and large-scale venues throughout the UK, firmly cementing the company’s return to the stage.



9 – 11 September 2021
Cheltenham Everyman
On sale 24 May

14 – 18 September 2021
Theatre Royal Brighton
On sale 17 May

20 – 25 September 2021
Sheffield Lyceum
On sale 17 July

27 – 29 September 2021
Orchard Theatre Dartford
On sale 21 June

30 September – 2 October 2021
York Theatre Royal
On sale 21 June

4 – 9 October 2021
Sadler’s Wells, London
On Sale Soon

11 – 16 October 2021
Curve Leicester
On sale 20 May

19 – 23 October 2021
Liverpool Playhouse
On sale 19 May 2021

28 – 30 October 2021
Oxford Playhouse
On sale 18 May 2021

4 – 6 November 2021
Hall for Cornwall, Truro
On sale soon

10 – 13 November 2021
Warwick Arts Centre
On sale 30 June 2021

18 – 20 November 2021
Eden Court Inverness
On sale 14 May 2021

23 – 27 November 2021
Bath Theatre Royal
On sale 17 May 2021

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