New Adventures



Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures returned 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.

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.

Early Adventures toured the UK and to Madrid, Spain from February to April 2017 and then visited Los Angeles, USA in May 2017.

Contains some adult humour. May not be suitable for under 12's
Supported using public funds from Arts Council England
Photos: Roy Tan