Etta Murfitt

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Etta Murfitt
Born (1966-07-29) 29 July 1966 (age 53)
Walthamstow, London, England
OccupationChoreographer, dancer, actress
Years active1989 – present

Etta Murfitt is a British dancer, choreographer and the associate director of the New Adventures educational strand.[1] She has worked for Matthew Bourne for over 20 years in a variety of different roles. She teaches throughout the UK and abroad for dance companies and dance institutions, as well as being a freelance faculty member of the London Contemporary Dance School and Young Place.


Etta Murfitt trained at the London Contemporary Dance School. Murfitt is a founding member of Images Dance Company, and has also danced with the Scottish Dance Theatre, Arc Dance Company and Aletta Collins Dance Company. She teaches widely, teaching as the Rehearsal Director for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. Etta Murfitt is a freelance faculty member of London Contemporary Dance School and the Young Place, both in London. Apart from her extensive work with Matthew Bourne, Murfitt has also appeared on TV in shows such as Mrs Hartley & The Growth Centre and Aletta Collins' Storm (both produced by BBC TV) and choreographed Le Nozze di Figaro (Holland Park Opera), The Way of the World (Wilton's Music Hall) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Albery Theatre, London).[2]

Etta has danced with Matthew Bourne's companies AMP and New Adventures for over 20 years. She has created many roles in Bourne’s work, including Clara In "Nutcracker", Rita in "The Car Man" and Peg Boggs in "Edward Scissorhands". She currently also serves as Artistic Associate and Associate Director for all the companies' productions. She has worked with New Adventures since its foundation.[3]


Murfitt has played and created many roles in Bourne’s work including the original productions of the following:

Year Role Name
1989 The Infernal Galop
1991 Town and Country
1992 Clara Nutcracker!
1994 Madge Highland Fling
1995 Swan Lake
1997 Cinderella
2000 Rita The Car Man
2005 Peg Boggs Edward Scissorhands




Her choreography credits include


  • Restaging New Adventures Dorian Gray in Japan July 2013
  • Kneehigh Theatre. choreographer The Wild Bride (2013)
  • Kneehigh Theatre. choreographer Dead Dog in a Suitcase Everyman theatre Liverpool (2014)
  • New Adventures. Associate Artistic Director & Choreographer Sleeping Beauty
  • Shakespeare's Globe A Midsummer Nights Dream (2016)
  • New Adventures. Associate Artistic Director & Choreographer The Red Shoes (2016)

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Stage Credits[edit]

Her stage credits include: For NA and AMP: Associate Director and creation of the role of Peg Boggs in Edward Scissorhands (London, UK tour, Japan, Korea, USA, Australia, Athens, Antwerp), Associate Director for restaging of Highland Fling (Sadler’s Wells, UK tour and Japanese tour) Associate Director and recreation of the role of Clara in Nutcracker! (London, UK tours, Far East tour and US tour), Associate Director and creation of the role of Rita in The Car Man (Old Vic, UK tour, European tour, US tour and Japanese tour), Rehearsal Director for the original production of Swan Lake at Sadler’s Wells and UK tour, roles including French & Spanish Princesses and The Queen in Swan Lake (West End, Los Angeles, Broadway), Rehearsal Director and creation of the role of Judy in Cinderella (West End and Los Angeles), creation of the role of Madge in Highland Fling, The Infernal Galop, The Percys of Fitzrovia, Deadly Serious and Town & Country; Clara in the original production of Nutcracker! (Opera North and Sadler Wells) and Matron/Queen Candy in 2007/08 production; founder member & dancer with Images Dance Theatre Scottish Dance Theatre; Arc Dance Company; and created the role of Netta in This is the Picture with Aletta Collins Dance Company for Dance Umbrella.


  1. ^ a b "Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake". Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Etta Murfitt". Sarasota Ballet. Archived from the original on 8 December 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  3. ^ Sadler's Wells: Dance House – Sarah Crompton – Google Books. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  4. ^ Sanjoy Roy (11 December 2008). "Dance review: Edward Scissorhands / Sadler's Wells, London | Stage". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 June 2013.

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