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Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures

programme of early hit pieces that launched the career of “Britain's favourite choreographer” and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment that have become hallmarks of the New Adventures company today.

about production

As part of the company’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, Matthew Bourne returns to his roots in EARLY ADVENTURES, a programme of early hit pieces that launched the career of “Britain's favourite choreographer” and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment that have become hallmarks of the New Adventures company today.

Spitfire ‘an advertisement divertissement’ was Bourne’s first hit in 1988, it hilariously places the most famous 19th century ballet show stopper in the world of men’s underwear advertising.

Town and Country from 1991 gave Bourne and his company their first Olivier nomination. Remembered as the piece that crystallised the Bourne style; gloriously witty and ironic, but also strangely moving and heartfelt. It explores notions of national character from a bygone era through the evocative music of Edward ElgarNoël Coward and Percy Grainger, amongst others. 

The Infernal Galop was inspired by icons of France in the 30s and 40s. 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! 

dates

Theatre Royal, Bath
Wed 9 - Sat 12 May
Evenings:
Wed 7.30pm, Thu - Sat 8pm
Matinee:
Sat 2:30pm

www.theatreroyal.org.uk
Box office: 01225 448844 


Lighthouse, Poole
Tue 15 - Wed 16 May
Evenings: 7:30pm

www.lighthousepoole.co.uk
Box office: 0844 406 8666


Brighton Festival
Thu 17 - Sat 19 May
Evenings 7:30pm
Matinee: Sat 2:30pm

www.brightonfestival.org
Box office: 01273 709 709


Sadler's Wells, London
Mon 21 - Sat 26 May
Evenings: 7:30om
Matinee: Sat 2:30pm

www.salderswells.com
Box office: 0844 412 4300


Royal and Derngate, Northampton
Tue 29 - Wed 30 May
Evenings: 7:30pm
Matinee: Wed 2:30pm

www.royalandderngate.co.uk
Box office:01604 624 811


Richmond Theatre, Richmond
Thu 31 May - Sat 2 June
Evenings: 7:30pm

www.atgtickets.com
Box office: 0844 871 7627


Sherman Cymru, Cardiff
Tue 5 - Wed 6 June
Evenings: 7:30pm
Matinee: Wed 2:30pm

www.shermancymru.co.uk
Box office 029 1064 6900


Hall for Cornwall, truro
Thu 7 - Fri Sat 9 June
Evenings 8:00 pm

www.hallforcornwall.co.uk
Box office: 01872 262 466


Oxford Playhouse
Mon 11 - Wed 13 June
Evenings: 7:30pm

www.oxfordplayhouse.com
Box office: 01865 305 305


Cambridge Arts Theatre
Thu 14 - Sat 16 June
Evenings: 7:45pm

www.cambridgeartstheatre.co.uk
Box office: 01223 503 333


Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
Tue 19 - Wed 20 June
Evenings 7:30pm

www.warwickartscentre.co.uk
Box office: 024 7652 4524


Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Thu 21 - Sat 23 June
Evenings 7:45pm

www.atgtickets.com
Box office: 0844 871 7627


Nottingham Playhouse
Wed 27 - Thu 28 Jun
Evenings: 7:30pm
Matinee: Thu 1:30pm

www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk
Box office:0115 941 9419


Regent Theatre, Ipswich
Fri 29 - Sat 30 Jun 
Evenings: 7:30pm

www.ipswich.gov.uk
Box office: 01473 433 100

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