Play Without Words
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Sadler's Wells (London, )
Rosebery Avenue
London, EC1R
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1 hour 40 minutes (one intermission)
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Chelsea, 1965. Behind the privileged façade of domestic social order lies a struggle for power, territory and sexual domination. In a suave Chelsea home an urbane master and his beautiful fiancée welcome their new manservant, Prentice. What follows will change their lives forever. Sexy, chic and thrillingly original, this dance drama is a spellbinding carnival of seduction, intrigue and power.

Returning for its first revival as part of New Adventures 25th Anniversary celebration, Matthew Bourne’s Play Without Words was a critical and popular success when it was first produced by the National Theatre in 2002. It now makes its debut at Sadler’s Wells in a strictly limited four week season.

Full Original Cast Set for US Tour of MATTHEW BOURNE'S SLEEPING BEAUTY at New York City Center, 10/23-11/3
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2013

New York City Center has announced full casting for the New York premiere of Matthew Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY, which runs October 23 - November 3, 2013 at City Center (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues). (more...)

Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler to Tour LORD OF THE FLIES, Apr 2
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2013

New Adventures and Re:Bourne have announced a national tour of a thrilling new production of LORD OF THE FLIES, choreographed by Olivier nominated Scott Ambler, adapted and directed by Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler, based on the classic novel by William Golding. LORD OF THE FLIES will open at the Lowry Theatre, Salford on 2 April 2014. (more...)

Manilow's HARMONY, DeVito and Griffiths in THE SUNSHINE BOYS, WE WILL ROCK YOU, PORGY & BESS & More Set for Ahmanson in 2013-14
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2013

The 2013-2014 Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre season was announced today by CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. (more...)

Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE Returns To Sadler's Wells
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2009

Premiering at Sadler's Wells in 1995, Matthew Bourne's triumphant modern re-interpretation of Swan Lake turned tradition upside down, taking the dance world by storm. This Christmas the multi award-winning hit returns to the theatre where it all began for a strictly limited run from 10 December - 24 January 2010 followed by a national UK tour opening in Woking on 25 January 2010. (more...)

Original London Cast to Star in US Tour of 'Scissorhands'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2006

The original London cast of Matthew Bourne's dance piece Edward Scissorhands, based on Tim Burton's 1990 gothic fantasy, will star in the show's US national tour (more...)

Mathew Bourne & New Adventures Celebrate 25th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2011

Matthew Bourne and New Adventures are delighted to announce a year long celebration of work and special events to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the company's first performance in 1987. New Adventures (formerly Adventures in Motion Pictures) gave it's first performances in the late eighties under the direction of Bourne, Emma Gladstone and David Massingham. In 1991 Bourne became the sole Artistic Director and guided the company from a small scale touring troupe to a worldwide dance phenomenon, making Bourne himself a star choreographer with an international reputation. The name change to New Adventures in 2002 brought further success, guided by co-director, Robert Noble, and a new repertoire of popular premieres, major revivals and extraordinary audience development. (more...)

Full Original Cast Set for US Tour of MATTHEW BOURNE'S SLEEPING BEAUTY at New York City Center, Now thru 11/3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2013

New York City Center has announced full casting for the New York premiere of Matthew Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY, which runs todya, October 23 - November 3, 2013 at City Center (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues). (more...)

Alice Bailey-Johnson, Ian Bartholomew and More Set for OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2013

Casting is announced for OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR, a Theatre Royal Stratford East Production: (more...)

Full Cast Announced For Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE Tour & Sadler's Wells!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2013

Broadway Entertainment Group in association with New Adventures are delighted to announce full casting for one of the most popular dance productions ever staged, MATTHEW BOURNE'S multi award-winning hit SWAN LAKE. (more...)

Bourne's SWAN LAKE Returns to New York @ NY City Center Oct. 13 - Nov. 17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2010

MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE, the triumphant modern re-interpretation of the legendary ballet, turned tradition upside down and took both the theater and dance worlds by storm when it arrived on Broadway in 1998 and went on to win three Tony Awards® and five Drama Desk Awards. (more...)

Bourne's SWAN LAKE Returns to New York @ NY City Center Oct. 13 - Nov. 17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2010

MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE, the triumphant modern re-interpretation of the legendary ballet, turned tradition upside down and took both the theater and dance worlds by storm when it arrived on Broadway in 1998 and went on to win three Tony Awards® and five Drama Desk Awards. (more...)

Photo Flash: Matthew Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY Opens at the Ahmanson Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2013

Tony Award-winning choreographer/director Matthew Bourne, along with his company New Adventures, returns to the Ahmanson Theatre with a timeless tale for all ages, 'Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty,' A Gothic Romance. Presented by Center Theatre Group and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center, 'Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty' opens tonight, November 21, 2013, and will run for two weeks only through December 1. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast onstage below! (more...)

Matthew Bourne to Train Young Performers for LORD OF THE FLIES at The Marlowe Theatre, Sept 24-27, 2014
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2013

Local boys and young men are to be given the chance to work with one of the world's best known choreographers. In this rare and exciting opportunity, they will train with Matthew Bourne and perform in his Lord Of The Flies at The Marlowe Theatre next autumn. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Matthew Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY, Coming to the Ahmanson
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2013

Tony Award-winning choreographer/director Matthew Bourne, along with his company New Adventures, returns to the Ahmanson Theatre with a timeless tale for all ages, 'Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty,' A Gothic Romance. Presented by Center Theatre Group and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center, 'Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty' opens Thursday, November 21, 2013, and will run for two weeks only through December 1. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast onstage below! (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Meet the Company of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Tour- Scott Ambler
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 12, 2013

BroadwayWorld just met the cast and you can check out an exclusive interview with choreographer Scott Ambler below! Scott is Associate Director of Matthew Bourne's New Adventures. His performing work includes: The Car Man (UK tour/Old Vic season/European/US tours), Cinderella (West End/L.A), Swan Lake(Sadler's Wells/UK tour/L.A/ Broadway/Dominion), Highland Fling(UK/European tours/Donmar season), Nutcracker! (Sadler's Wells/UK tour). TV and film credits include: The Car Man, Swan Lake, Roald Dahl's Little Red Riding Hood, Drip: A Love Story, OK2. As Matthew Bourne's Assistant his work includes: Peer Gynt (RSC Barbican), Oliver! (London Palladium), staging of Swan Lake section in Billy Elliot (Working Title), My Fair Lady (National Theatre and Theatre Royal Drury Lane), South Pacific and Play Without Words (National Theatre). (more...)

2011 Tony Awards Nominees: 'Best Sound Design of a Play'
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2011

Nominations in 26 competitive categories for the American Theatre Wing's 65th Annual Antoinette Perry 'Tony' Awards were announced May 3, 2011 by Tony Award winning actor Matthew Broderick and Tony Award winning actress Anika Noni Rose, at the Tony Award Nominations Announcement sponsored by IBM. (more...)

Full Cast of Matthew Bourne's PLAY WITHOUT WORDS UK Tour Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2012

New Adventures and the National Theatre have announced full casting for MATTHEW BOURNE'S Play Without Words. The company will be Madelaine Brennan, Daniel Collins, Saranne Curtin, Daisy May Kemp, Anabel Kutay, Katy Lowenhoff, Adam Maskell, Anjali Mehra, Liam Mower, Jonathan Ollivier, Alastair Postlethwaite, Danny Reubens, Christopher Trenfield, Hannah Vassallo, Neil Westmoreland and Richard Winsor. (more...)

Osip Theatre Presents MISS LILLY GETS BONED Beginning 22 June
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2010

Osip Theatre Presents MISS LILLY GETS BONED Beginning 22 June (more...)

Photo Flash: The New Zealand International Arts Festival 2010
by Te Rina Thompson - Mar 8, 2010

The New Zealand International Arts Festival is a biennial multi-arts festival held in the capital city, Wellington. It is New Zealand's premier and largest cultural event and celebrates the best arts entertainment from around the world and within New Zealand. (more...)

Matthew Bourne's DORIAN GRAY Returns to Sadler's Wells, Sets 2009 UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2009

Dorian Gray returns in 2009 Following the record breaking world premiere of Dorian Gray at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2008, Matthew Bourne's darkly seductive dance theatre event went on to play to sell-out houses at Sadler's Wells last summer. This mesmerising adaptation of Oscar Wilde's cautionary fable The Picture of Dorian Gray, will now tour to regional venues across the UK and play a further two week season at Sadler's Wells as well as International Festivals in Italy and Russia in 2009. (more...)

Matthew Bourne's EDWARD SCISSORHAND Will Return to Theatre Royal Glasgow, 19-22 Nov.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

New Adventures, Martin McCallum and Marc Platt have announced that EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, devised, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, will return to the Theatre Royal Glasgow on Wednesday 19 until Saturday 22 November 2014 (more...)

SWAN LAKE 3D Special Interview: Richard Winsor
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 20, 2012

Today we have the third and final part of our extensive look at the sights and sounds surrounding Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE 3D - a one night only special movie theater showing of the 3D film version available at Fathom-equipped cinemas nationwide tonight - with the princely protagonist of the ballet film himself, rising star Richard Winsor. In this comprehensive conversation, Winsor and I parse many aspects of this daring new take on the classic Tchaikovsky ballet by Matthew Bourne and investigate his collaborative relationship with Bourne on this 3D film and many other projects they have collaborated on so far this century - THE NUTCRACKER, THE CAR MAN, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, DORIAN GRAY and Play Without Words included - as well as take a cursory look ahead to their future work together. Additionally, Winsor shares his insights into the creative process and outlines how he has developed such considerable skill and depth of acting in his many notable performances in dance and theatre onstage, and, now, his diversification as he moves into feature films (UK #1 film hit, STREETDANCE 3D) and television (HOLLYOAKS). All of that and much, much more! (more...)

Peter Gill Returns To Cardiff To Direct Chekov's A Provincial Life
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2012

Peter Gill, returns to his native city with a portrait of provincial life in 1890s Russia. Based on Chekhov's short story, A Provincial Life follows one young man's struggle to exchange his privileged position for the life of a worker. (more...)

SWAN LAKE 3D Special Interview: Matthew Bourne
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 17, 2012

Today we are kicking off our special three-part series on the movie theater presentation of Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE in 3D on Tuesday, March 20 in Fathom-equipped cinemas throughout the US with the director and choreographer of the new production of the classic Tchaikovsky ballet, Tony-winner Matthew Bourne. In this all-encompassing conversation, Bourne and I discuss the inspiration behind his gender-bending vision for SWAN LAKE and how this new 3D film presentation is the ultimate production of the piece to date. Additionally, Bourne and I discuss how this new version differs from the original ballet as seen on Broadway in the mid-1990s and how leads Richard Winsor and Nina Goldman have brought new life and a style all their own to their pivotal roles. Plus, Bourne shares exciting news about his upcoming ballet rendering of SLEEPING BEAUTY, in addition to taking a look back at his past ballet work, such as THE CAR MAN, DORIAN GRAY, Play Without Words, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, CINDERELLA as well as his experiences choreographing West End and Broadway musicals such as CHILDREN OF EDEN, MARY POPPINS, OLIVER! and more. (more...)

Manilow's HARMONY, DeVito and Griffiths in THE SUNSHINE BOYS, WE WILL ROCK YOU, PORGY & BESS & More Set for Ahmanson in 2013-14
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 13, 2013

The 2013-2014 Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre season was announced today by CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. (more...)

Peter Gill Returns To Cardiff To Direct Chekov's A Provincial Life
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2012

Peter Gill, returns to his native city with a portrait of provincial life in 1890s Russia. Based on Chekhov's short story, A Provincial Life follows one young man's struggle to exchange his privileged position for the life of a worker. (more...)

Bourne's SWAN LAKE Returns to New York @ NY City Center Oct. 13 - Nov. 17
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2010

MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE, the triumphant modern re-interpretation of the legendary ballet, turned tradition upside down and took both the theater and dance worlds by storm when it arrived on Broadway in 1998 and went on to win three Tony Awards® and five Drama Desk Awards. (more...)

Osip Theatre Presents MISS LILLY GETS BONED Beginning 22 June
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2010

Osip Theatre Presents MISS LILLY GETS BONED Beginning 22 June (more...)

BWW TV: 2011 Tony Awards Winners Circle - Christopher Shutt, Best Sound Design of a Play for WAR HORSE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 19, 2011

Christopher Shutt is the 2011 recipient of the Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play for War Horse. Broadway Beat's Richie Ridge spoke with the Shutt immediately following his acceptance about what winning the award means to him. Click below to catch up with the sound man right after his big moment! (more...)

2011 Tony Awards: Christopher Shutt Wins 'Best Sound Design of a Play'
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 12, 2011

The American Theatre Wing's 64th Annual Antoinette Perry 'Tony' Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 13, 2011 and broadcast on the CBS Television Network. For more information visit tonyawards.com. (more...)

Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE to Play Birmingham Hippodrome, Begin. 5 Feb. 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2013

Birmingham Hippodrome is delighted to announce that one of the most popular dance productions ever staged, MATTHEW BOURNE'S multi award-winning hitSWAN LAKE, will return to Birmingham Hippodrome from Wednesday 5 -Saturday 15 February 2014. (more...)

Kyle Murray, Jamie Emma McDonald & More to Star in Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE at King's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2014

Broadway Entertainment Group in association with New Adventures are delighted to announce full casting for one of the most popular dance productions ever staged, MATTHEW BOURNE'S multi award-winning hit SWAN LAKE. The show plays The King's Theatre from Tuesday 18th until Saturday 22nd February. Some members of the ensemble are looking forward to performing in front of a home crowd. (more...)

Theatre Royal Stratford East Presents OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR, Feb 1
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2013

Theatre Royal Stratford East announces it will produce Oh What A Lovely War in 2014, directed by Terry Johnson and designed by Lez Brotherston, with tickets going on sale from 9th January 2013. The musical, which premiered at Theatre Royal Stratford East on 19th March 1963, will also coincide with the 100th Anniversary of World War I. (more...)

Anabel Kutay, Simon Hardwick and More Star in DRUNK at Leicester's Curve Theatre, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2014

The McOnie Company presents its inaugural production DRUNK, a theatre-dance revue which will premiere at Leicester's Curve Theatre tonight 28 January 2014 before transferring to London'sBridewell Theatre from Wednesday 5 February 2014. On sale now. (more...)

Matthew Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY Comes to Birmingham Hippodrome, Feb. 5
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2013

Chief Executive Stuart Griffiths said: “Matthew Bourne's work is always warmly received here in Birmingham and this year is certainly no exception. A new production is very exciting and this is reflected in the phenomenal demand for tickets that we have seen over the past few months. (more...)

Peter Gill Returns To Cardiff To Direct Chekov's A Provincial Life
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2012

Peter Gill, returns to his native city with a portrait of provincial life in 1890s Russia. Based on Chekhov's short story, A Provincial Life follows one young man's struggle to exchange his privileged position for the life of a worker. (more...)

Spacey's A Moon for the Misbegotten Hits Broadway in March
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2007

Olivier Award winner Eve Best, Academy Award and Tony Award winner Kevin Spacey and Golden Globe nominee Colm Meaney will reprise their acclaimed performances in The Old Vic Theatre Company production of Eugene O'Neill's A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 W 47th St) for 84 performances only. (more...)

Matthew Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY Comes to Birmingham Hippodrome, Feb. 5
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2013

Chief Executive Stuart Griffiths said: “Matthew Bourne's work is always warmly received here in Birmingham and this year is certainly no exception. A new production is very exciting and this is reflected in the phenomenal demand for tickets that we have seen over the past few months. (more...)

Matthew Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY Comes to Birmingham Hippodrome Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2013

Chief Executive Stuart Griffiths said: "Matthew Bourne's work is always warmly received here in Birmingham and this year is certainly no exception. A new production is very exciting and this is reflected in the phenomenal demand for tickets that we have seen over the past few months. (more...)

Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE Plays Birmingham Hippodrome, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2014

Birmingham Hippodrome is delighted to announce that one of the most popular dance productions ever staged, Matthew Bourne'S multi award-winning hit SWAN LAKE, will return to Birmingham Hippodrome from today 5 -Saturday 15 February 2014. (more...)

Portland's Imago Theatre to Give Away Free Tickets to 'APIS, or The Teaste of Honey'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2009

Imago Theatre has been awarded a grant to give away hundreds of tickets to the upcoming premiere of APIS, or The Taste of Honey. (more...)

Imago Theater Presents Three Plays To Open 2009 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2009

To open 2009, Imago Theatre presents three plays that reveal the company's range. APIS, or The Taste of Honey, is a Play Without Words in which Artistic Co-Director Jerry Mouawad fuses a military prison with the world of the honey bee. In ZooZoo, the company brings frogs, rabbits, penguins, hippos and other creatures in a show promising the best of Imago's family mask theatre. To end the season, Artistic Co-Director Carol Triffle premieres her newest work of eccentric souls in Simple People. (more...)

Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE Kicks-off UK Tour After Season at Sadler's Wells
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2010

Premiering at Sadler's Wells in 1995, Matthew Bourne's triumphant modern re-interpretation of Swan Lake turned tradition upside down, taking the dance world by storm. Following the huge success at Sadler's Wells over Christmas and the New Year, the multi award-winning hit is now on a national UK tour. (more...)

Anabel Kutay, Simon Hardwick and More Star in DRUNK at Leicester's Curve Theatre, Jan 28 - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2013

The McOnie Company is delighted to announce the cast for its inaugural production DRUNK, a theatre-dance revue which will premiere at Leicester's Curve Theatre on Tuesday 28 January 2014 before transferring to London'sBridewell Theatre from Wednesday 5 February 2014. On sale now. (more...)

Matthew Bourne's Sharp With Scissorhands
by James Sims - Dec 15, 2006

Bourne cuts to the heart of Edward Scissorhands with his approachable dance interpretation, picking up on the despair of the title character's struggle for acceptance in a superficial anywhere American neighborhood... (more...)

Bourne's SWAN LAKE Returns to New York @ NY City Center Oct. 13 - Nov. 17
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2010

MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE, the triumphant modern re-interpretation of the legendary ballet, turned tradition upside down and took both the theater and dance worlds by storm when it arrived on Broadway in 1998 and went on to win three Tony Awards® and five Drama Desk Awards. (more...)

Michael Urie in BUYER & CELLAR, 'VANYA AND SONIA' & More Set for CTG's 2014 Season at Mark Taper Forum
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2013

A new season rich with laughter and compelling drama was announced today for the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum by Michael Ritchie, CTG Artistic Director. (more...)

LORD OF THE FLIES UK Tour Will Return to Theatre Royal Glasgow, Begin. 11 June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2014

Following its critically acclaimed Glasgow debut, LORD OF THE FLIES embarks on a UK tour and returns to the Theatre Royal Glasgow on Wednesday 11 June for four days only. (more...)

Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler Tour LORD OF THE FLIES, Beg. Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

New Adventures and Re:Bourne have announced a national tour of a thrilling new production of LORD OF THE FLIES, choreographed by Olivier nominated Scott Ambler, adapted and directed by Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler, based on the classic novel by William Golding. LORD OF THE FLIES will open at the Lowry Theatre, Salford today, 2 April 2014. (more...)

LORD OF THE FLIES UK Tour Will Return to Theatre Royal Glasgow, Begin. 11 June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

Following its critically acclaimed Glasgow debut, LORD OF THE FLIES embarks on a UK tour and returns to the Theatre Royal Glasgow on Wednesday 11 June for four days only. (more...)

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