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.
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.
The tour starts early February 2017 and will run through to May 2017.