Matthew Bourne's THE CAR MAN to Launch UK Tour in 2015
New Adventures have announced the revival of one of Matthew Bourne's most requested productions - the internationally acclaimed dance thriller "THE CAR MAN" - for a limited 16 week UK tour. The tour opens at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley, on 14 April 2015, with a four week summer season at Sadler's Wells from 14 July to 9 August 2015.
Loosely based on Bizet's popular opera; it has one of the most thrilling and instantly recognisable scores in New Adventures' repertory, featuring Schedrin's powerful Carmen Suite and new arrangements of Bizet's legendary score, by New Adventures Associate Artist, Terry Davies.
First seen in 2000, winning the Evening Standard Award for 'Musical Event of the Year' and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for 'Best Choreography'; "THE CAR MAN" was last revised in 2007. This revival will be the first time the production has been staged in eight years and will feature a new generation of New Adventures brilliant dancer/actors in the challenging roles of 'Luca', 'Lana', 'Angelo' and 'Rita'. Full casting will be announced shortly.
The familiar 19th Century Spanish cigarette factory becomes a greasy garage-diner in 1960's America where the dreams and passions of a small-town are shattered by the arrival of a handsome stranger. Fuelled by heat and desire, the inhabitants are driven into an unstoppable spiral of greed, lust, betrayal and revenge. Inspired by classic European and American Film Noir cinema and the Pulp Fiction novels of James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler; Lez Brotherston's epic design, Chris Davey's evocative lighting and Matthew Bourne's vivid storytelling, create a dangerous and uncompromising vision of small-town America.
Matthew Bourne said today: "The return of The Car Man is always an exciting time for the New Adventures Company. It is probably the most popular of our shows amongst the dancers, who relish the chance to visit this dark and gritty world, so different from many of our other productions. On a personal note, it is also a wonderful opportunity to re-watch many of the dozens of movie classics that inspired the creation of this piece and to introduce these to our young company. The Car Man has always been a training ground for the finest New Adventures actor/dancers and I look forward to helping our next generation meet the challenges of this most dramatic of productions."
"THE CAR MAN" follows the phenomenal world-wide success of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker!, Cinderella and Edward Scissorhands; from the UK's most popular dance theatre company.
"THE CAR MAN" is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, with music by Terry Davies & Rodion Shchedrin's Carmen Suite (after Bizet's Carmen); designs by Lez Brotherston; lighting by Chris Davey and sound by Paul Groothius. The project is supported by Arts Council England through the Grants for the Arts funding programme.