Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures

Tue 28 Mar to Sat 1 Apr 2017

PLAYHOUSE

£30 - £10

Matthew Bourne returns to his roots in Early Adventures, a programme of hit pieces that launched the career of "Britain’s favourite choreographer" and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment that his company New Adventures brought to Swan Lake, The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands and Sleeping Beauty. With designs by long-time collaborator, Lez Brotherston, Early Adventures forms part of the company’s 30th Anniversary celebrations.

Programme includes

“Town and Country” - Lie back and think of England…  Moving and hilarious, this heartfelt pastiche explores notions of national character from a bygone era through the evocative music of Edward Elgar, Noël Coward and Percy Grainger, amongst others.

“The Infernal Galop” - A French dance with English subtitles -  This is France as seen by the uptight English imagination, with all the traditional clichés joyously paraded for our entertainment and climaxing in Offenbach's inevitable Can-Can!

“Watch with Mother” - Seen but not heard? - Conkers, Hopscotch, Doctors & Nurses; Children’s games can be all-consuming, competitive and sometimes cruel. Based on Joyce Grenfell’s famous “Nursery School” sketches (“George… Don’t do that”) and set to Percy Grainger’s own piano compositions and arrangements of Bach and Faure, this 1991 piece has not been seen for nearly 25 years.

"A rare treat. Bourne’s wit and flair are in full play"
Sunday Times

Photographs: Roy Tan

Presented by Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures

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Reviews

Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures

★★★★
"A clever, irreverent wit"
"The dancing is sharply superb throughout."

Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures

★★★★★
"Fully formed from the off"

Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures

★★★★
"Joyous and entertaining showcase of Matthew Bourne’s early work"

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