The name 'Matthew Bourne' appears so frequently alongside his 'Nutcracker' spectacular that it is all too easy to forget that he is quietly getting on with lots of other interesting stuff. Very quietly, in the case of his Play Without Words.
Adapted from the Joseph Losey film, 'The Servant', Play Without Words is a 2002 ballet from the legendary choreographer with music by Terry Davies. In 2003, it picked up two Olivier Awards, for Best Entertainment and Best Theatre Choreographer.
Set in Chelsea in 1965, Play Without Words reveals the darker side of the sixties' sexual revolution, set in the plush West End home of a high society couple who are engaged to be married. Prentice, the pair's manservant, charges this story of not-so-free love with a subtext of disquieting social friction and familiar class issues.
The Times called it "a vibrant, wicked satire of class conflict and sexual desire" and Play Without Words has a reputation for its themes of seduction, lust and power, along with Bourne's trademark dazzling choreography and Davies' acclaimed score. This first revival of Play Without Words is part of the New Adventures theatre company's 25th anniversary celebration.
Play Without Words opens at Sadler's Wells on Thursday 12th July 2012, playing (quietly) until Sunday 5th August 2012, including some matinée performances.
We have tickets available now, priced between £12 and £50. Note that the play carries an advisory age limit of 12 years and over.
Either side of the London run are a series of tour dates, first in Leicester from 29th June to 7th July and, after Sadler's Wells, in Norwich from 7th to 11th August 2012. Tickets for both sets of dates are available now, priced from as little as £6.50, rising to £36.50.
Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker is also currently touring the UK, with dates in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Birmingham, Oxford and Bristol until April 2012.
Not content with dominating the winter 2011 and summer 2012 dance calendar, Matthew Bourne's company New Adventures will celebrate 25 years in 2012. To celebrate, they will be staging a "retrospective" performance named "Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures" looking back at some of the company's early productions in May at Sadler's Wells, with a tour potentially in the pipeline.
Topping-off 2012 is the world premiere of new show Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty - A Gothic Fairytale which will take place at Salford's Lowry in November 2012.