Category Archives: Matthew Bourne

The Red Shoes – Matthew Bourne: Sadler’s Wells, London, 14 December 2016

Dance the blues You know how usually a movie doesn’t live up to the book? Well, here’s a case of a dance show that doesn’t live up to the movie. Powell and Pressburger’s 1948 film The Red Shoes has become … Continue reading

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The Car Man – Matthew Bourne: New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 22 April 2015

Down, down, deeper on down For the first 10 minutes or so of The Car Man there’s a lot of big ensemble dancing and bullying but not a great deal of plot. With the arrival of a drifter named Luca … Continue reading

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Preview: Matthew Bourne – The Car Man: New Wimbledon Theatre, 21-25 April 2015

No smoking One of Matthew Bourne’s great calling cards is the way he takes a well-known story, gives it a whopping big shake and then twists it into something uniquely his. The Car Man is no exception. Based on Bizet’s … Continue reading

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Swan Lake – Matthew Bourne: New Wimbledon Theatre, 29 April 2014

Swan of the best It’s nearly twenty years old now but, judging by this performance, Matthew Bourne’s famous Swan Lake hasn’t dated a bit and is still one hell of a show. It shows Bourne at his undisputed best; clear … Continue reading

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Preview: Matthew Bourne – Swan Lake: New Wimbledon Theatre, 29 April – 3 May 2014

It’s swanderful When Matthew Bourne first presented his new version of Swan Lake in 1995 he could never have envisaged the elevated position it was to achieve in the world’s dance canon. Now, 19 years later and he’s touring it … Continue reading

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Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Fairy Tale – Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures: New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 23 April 2013

A fine romance In the grand tradition of Matthew Bourne shows Sleeping Beauty is an entertaining affair. As always, it’s wonderful to look at; Lez Brotherston’s fangtastic Gothic staging doesn’t spare the dry ice, nor stint on the size of … Continue reading

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New Adventures Choreographer Award Showcase – James Cousins: Sadler’s Wells, 7 September 2012

Keeping it in the family In 2010 Matthew Bourne, in celebration of his umptieth birthday, set up the New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA). Over 200 applications later the independent panel of judges, including Monsieur Bourne, Scottish Ballet’s Christopher Hampson and … Continue reading

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