"Exuded the mastery we’ve come to expect from Bourne." Los Angeles Times

***** "Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures shows all his trademark wit, originality and eye for detail. Unmissable!" Observer 
***** "As original as it is unmissable" Guardian
**** "Matthew Bourne’s early works are a witty delight" Sunday Times
**** "An utterly delightful retrospective of Bourne’s witty and whimsical early works. Saucy good fun" The Times
**** "Witty and unexpectedly touching" The Independent
**** "Plenty of charm and mischief"  The Daily Telegraph
**** "Bourne at his saucy, satirical best. The whole show, with fun designs by Lez Brotherston, is danced with terrific panache" The Times
**** "Joyous and entertaining. These three works neatly capture Bourne’s deftness as a storyteller – the ability to be both humorous and sensitive – that has won over audiences and introduced so many to the world of dance" The Stage

Matthew Bourne is hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful Choreographer/ Director. He is the creator of the world’s longest running ballet production, a five-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical.

Matthew Bourne returns to his roots in Early Adventures, a program 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 LakeThe Car Man, Edward Scissorhands and Sleeping Beauty. With designs by long-time collaborator, Lez Brotherston, Early Adventures is a US premiere and forms part of the company’s 30th Anniversary celebrations.


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.

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!
Read the program notes here.
There will be a post-show conversation with Matthew Bourne after the Wednesday, May 17, 2017 performance.

Supported using public funds from Arts Council England.
Select performances made possible by generous support from the Selwyn Family.
Photos: Roy Tan