Early Adventures returns in 2017

4 August 2016

We are delighted to announce that Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures will return in 2017, as part of the Company’s 30th Anniversary celebrations. With designs by long-time collaborator Lez Brotherston, Matthew returns to his roots with a programme of hit pieces that launched his career and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment that have become hallmarks of the New Adventures company today.

Programme* includes:

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!

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.

Spitfire - An advertisement divertissement:  A celebration of male vanity and an affectionate comment on the preening grandeur of the danseur noble, it places Perrot’s Pas De Quatre (originally made as a kind of ‘diva-off’ for the four leading ballerina’s of the 19th Century) in the world of men’s mail order underwear advertising.

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.

*Programme varies. Please check individual theatre websites for details

The tour starts early February 2017 and will run through to April. Currently on sale is Richmond Theatre 13-15 February, Dartford 20-22 February and at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles 18-21 May


Contains some adult humour. May not be suitable for under 12's

Supported using public funds from Arts Council England

Photos: Roy Tan

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